Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Jimmy Smits, Frank Oz
Directed by: George Lucas
Written by: George Lucas
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr. 20 min
This write-up contains spoilers.
Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequels, but that’s still not saying much as this trilogy finale still suffers from the same problems that plagued the two prior installments – cringe worthy dialogue, poor performances and lazy direction.
That being said, there is a little more to celebrate in this film. For one, it sees Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s (a.k.a Lord Sidious) plan’s come to fruition. A nice story arc over the last three films that has Palpatine cleverly playing both sides of the Clone war to position himself king of the galaxy. It also nicely completes Anakin’s story arc as the young Jedi is twisted around by the Emperor until he agrees (reluctantly) to become Darth Vader, and through his subsequent heinous actions, be fully consumed by the dark side of the force.
I liked the more brooding tone of this film, and on first viewing, was genuinely surprised how dark it got. Anakin’s final physical transformation into Vader was near perfectly handled, and only let down by an overly melodramatic ‘Frankenstein’ moment right at the end when he learns of Padme’s death. The fall of the Jedi was also handled nicely, and as always, John Williams’ score perfectly sets the mood as the dark side asserts itself over the light. His Battle of the Heroes, Jedi Temple March, and Sith Theme are great pieces of music, and rank right alongside his best work from the original trilogy.
The earlier installments were rated PG, Sith is PG-13. Some of the darker moments of the film may actually be unsuitable for really young kids. Expect plenty of action, some terrible dialog and performances.
As always, a Star Wars film works best in a movie theater. At home a HD screening on the biggest TV you have is the way to go. The epic opening space battle would look terrible on a laptop, tablet or phone.
Best Moment: << more spoilers! >>
When Anikin loses his battle with Obi-Wan and ends up at the side of a lava river sans the lower halves of his legs – then gets burned alive! Truly new dark territory for a Star Wars film, but fitting punishment for betraying the Jedi, including the murder of children (did I mention how dark this film was?)