STAR WARS GALACTIC CONQUEST REVIEW: The final film in the prequel series, “Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith” stars Ewan McGregor (Mortdecai, The Impossible), Hayden Christensen (Takers, Outcast), Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World, Your Highness), Ian McDiarmid (Restoration, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Frank Oz (Muppets Tonight [TV series], Sesame Street [TV series]), Jimmy Smits (Dexter [TV series], Outlaw [TV series]), Anthony Daniels (Dirigible Days [TV miniseries], Ghost of Albion: Embers [TV movie]), Matthew Wood (Guardians of the Galaxy, Wall-E), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Dark Shadows ), Kenny Baker (The Cage [short], Willow), Temuera Morrison (Mt. Zion, Fresh Meat), Wayne Pygram (Farscape, Home and Away [TV series]), Peter Mayhew (Yesterday Was a Lie, Killer Ink), and Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Warrior). It is written and directed by George Lucas (THX 1138, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom). Taking place three years after its predecessor, this film follows the Jedi Knights as they battle alongside their clone army to defeat the Separatists. One of the Separatists plots ended with Chancellor Palpatine (McDiarmid) being kidnapped, and it is up to Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) and his apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) to rescue him. Once they do, many things are set in motion as the Jedi Council believes that there is a dark presence in the Republic. With this disturbance slowly creeping up, Anakin is enlisted by the Council to spy on the Chancellor as they think that he is up to something evil. Little do they know what they have done.
CAUTION: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
“You were the chosen one!” And so the most controversial prequel series of all time (at least I think so) comes to a close, and in a way, a whole chapter of the franchise. No more robotic Anakin actors, no more bland jokes, and no more Jar Jar. The classic, original series is on the horizon, but before that happens, let’s get down on what “Star Wars: Episode III- Revenge of the Sith” is all about. I’ll first start off by saying that this is the first and only film of the franchise that I have seen in theaters (it probably won’t be the only one for long however). Back in 2005, I was seven years old (yes I’m that young), so I vaguely remember the theater experience. I recall some aspects, but not many. My past self thought that this was the best picture of the prequel franchise, and after re-watching it, I can safely agree. Starting this film, I can definitely tell that George Lucas has upped the stakes, pulling no punches in the beginning and plunging you into a space battle with Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker. The CGI has improved incredibly (it has been a while since the previous installment), and is solid throughout, with only 20% of it giving an outdated sense. I was actually interested in watching for once. Sure, the other prequels had some aspects about them that were interesting (Darth Maul, I knew ye too little), but it took an hour of people sitting or stand discussing political conflicts to get to the good stuff. One thing I forgot to mention of these movies that I found to be a pro was the clothing. I always liked the robes and garments Jedi would wear and in a way I want to own some of it myself. I can’t say the same about the backgrounds because, well, mostly all of it is a green screen. But the visual effects department turned it up a notch in this one, which was great. Once the beginning took its course, things began to slow down and eventually it pulled me back into another forty-five minute to an hour discussion of the Sith rising than people taking action. It would’ve been excruciatingly boring to sit through, but thankfully it was of a topic I was interested in and I had no trouble paying attention to most of it. I mean, one of the best scenes is when Anakin and Chancellor Palpatine meet at that play/entertainment/opera thingy (I don’t know what the show was) and Palpatine informs Anakin of how the dark side can save people. Because that’s how the guy is: deceptive and evil. The characters have gotten better in this and the script has provided more dialogue that can actually hold my eyes to the screen. The acting has also gotten a bit better, and everyone did a rather good job. Hayden Christensen was still flat a good portion of the time, but once he turned evil, it got better. Anakin’s relationship with Padmé (Portman) has also improved, and they were actually bearable to sit through. Not all of it seemed forced and I could tell that some of it felt genuine. It’s basically Anakin’s only lifeline at this point. With all that said, I will say that this has by far surpassed the previous prequels in terms of story. After watching Chris Stuckmann’s review on this flick, I agree with him that this picture feels like it is what George Lucas wanted to tell all along, and most of the plots in the previous prequels were filler. He finally got to express how Anakin turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader and how the Jedi have been almost wiped out by the Sith. It’s all here and it’s the most meat of a plot that I have seen so far (not counting the classics). Sure, it has its filler moments, but it is overall a very solid release. I found General Grevious (Wood) and Count Dooku (Lee) to be great opponents throughout and I give big props to Ian McDiarmid for his terrific portrayal of Chancellor Palpatine. In all honesty, I enjoyed this movie, and I’m sorry for those who didn’t. When watching this, I did stumble upon issues though. Other than some bland acting performances and filler script writing, another con I have would be how much an enormous chunk of this plot goes to foreshadowing. I like the writing tool and find it to be philosophical when predicting the future, so in some movies you will have a realization when one pays off. But having seen all of these movies, sitting there watching people describe basically what is going to happen at the end over and over again can get annoying. It’s cool sometimes and provides great quotes, but a good portion of that can get old after a while. The other cons would have to be scattered random things throughout, ones to nitpick in terms of writing choices. One example would be Darth Vader screaming “no” at the end in a goofy fashion. Or some of the fight scene between Anakin and Obi-Wan where it seems a bit too choreographed for its own good. In the end, this was a solid film with well-done performances for many, and a good script to watch. It was great to see everything come together and finish in two big battles. This is definitely the best of the prequels and a very good movie overall. It was dark when it needed to be (not the younglings!), and had some memorable scenes/quotes. I recommend anyone to include this in their Star Wars events! FINAL SCORE: 88%= Juicy Popcorn
Here is the trailer: