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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

  Directed by: George Lucas
Written by: George Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Frank Oz, Natalie Portman
Links: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on the IMDb, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Sci-Fi

This movie gets: 6.00 (2 ratings)
nofreelist.com Ranking: Ranked equal 129th of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Whale Rider (2002).

"Pretty much in the middle, in more ways than one." - a review by andy-j

I really don't think this movie needs much of an introduction, but what the hey? Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is the third (or should that be the sixth?) Star Wars film, finally bringing the series to a close. George Lucas certainly took a different approach back in nineteen-seventy-ahermmmmm when he decided to start the franchise off (with Star Wars (1977)) halfway through the series, and then go back to it twenty or so years later to make the prequels. I don't think anyone's done anything quite like this before, at least, not on such a grand scale.

Sooooo... Episode III finally gets around to telling us how Anakin Skywalker transformed into Darth Vader, what happened to his wife, and all the other burning questions that the movie-going public wanted to know the answers to. Let's start by talking about the special effects. They are, as always, spectacular. Moreso than any other Star Wars film, in fact. The big ship battles are epic, the lightsabre fights are flawless, the planets are huge and cities are overwhelming. Great success. The locations seem to be a lot more imaginative and varied this time around, as well. Some are really quite breathtaking, even if they are all computer-generated.

One of the things that Star Wars films are famous for are the light-sabre battles. This time, however the amount of them was just excessive. There really was just way too much of it. There were that many climactic battles that it soon became boring. Too many fights that went on for too long. The one I did enjoy was the General Grievous vs Obi-Wan one, because the General could actually withstand a few hits instead of it just being block, block, block, block, block, hit, the end.

I enjoyed Star Wars: Episode III. Really, I did. But... I dunno. I'm thinking Georgie boy was just a bit too smart for his own good. Now, coming from me, some internet dickhead who knows nothing about anything, that might sound a bit conceited and pig-headed. But, really... all this film did was fill in some blanks. Were there any really big surprises? I didn't think so. It's like the movie didn't have anywhere to go except for the path that had been chosen for it when Episode IV was first made. We knew what was going to happen, it was just a case of how it was going to happen, and sure, there were some really great parts that really held my interest, but the end was no shock. Anakin became Darth. Padmé died in childbirth (which we already knew from episode something). The chancellor was really the emperor. I mean... I knew this stuff from Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) or earlier. Basically, it was like I was hanging out to see the execution of very specific events that I already knew were going to happen. It's not really your ordinary movie-going experience

So the question is now how it all worked, and.. well.. it all worked ok. But it could have been a lot better had there been more emotion associated with it all. In fact, it bordered on ridiculous at times. The two operating tables scene was just the most stupidly obtuse thing ever. As for the events leading up to why Anakin needed the use of the Darth Vader suit - we needed to see more of what happened to him, we needed to feel his pain, his misery, his emptiness. We barely got a glimpse of it, so it's hard to connect with it and feel any sense of what he was going through. All we get is a stupid "NOOOOOO!!!!!" from him. How can you take that seriously? It's not anywhere near real enough. As well as that, the way Anakin turned to the dark side felt rushed and distant. You never fully comprehended the fears he had that made him turn - they were just talked about but not really experienced.

Anyway, the whole thing was generally pretty good. The story was interesting, engaging and worthwhile. The acting was good, but because we didn't get a really good connection with the characters, it wasn't the best. I think this probably has more to do with direction and scripting. Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid were pretty good with what they had been given. Hayden Christensen was ok. Natalie Portman was also ok. The romance scenes were kinda bad. The acting just limped along ... it could have been much better.

So overall, definitely a worthwhile film to see, just for the sake of seeing it. If you're really into these movies, you'll love watching it again and again. I think I'd find it pretty much flat and boring the second time. The questions have been answered, there's not really that much more to be said. I'd be really interested, however, to see what someone who knew absolutely nothing about Episode IV to Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) would think about this. I'm sure the movie would be full of really great and shocking twists!

andy-j gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 4 Jul 2005

"Coulda been better, coulda been worse" - a review by pearly

If you're a fan of the original Star Wars films (you know: Star Wars (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)), then this is the one you've been waiting for: the final episode in between the ones-that-were-made-earlier-that-actually-detail-events-after-the-newer-ones, and the ones-that-were-made-later-but-are-about-stuff-that-happened-before-the-original-ones. Or, to put it another way, this is episode three, where you would have previously seen episodes four, five, six, one, and two, most probably in that order. Way to confuse the hell outta everyone and make for annoying "hang on, do you mean the earlier ones, or the ones that were made earlier?" conversations, George Lucas.

But back to the point: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith closes the gap between Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and the original Star Wars, letting the world know what really happened to turn a spunky little Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) into the evil Darth Vader.

And, with oh so many bells, whistles, and various other unnecessary twists and turns, that's just what it does. Yes, as with all the other films in the double-trilogy, this one contains a bunch of space politics and relationship building in between the fights with the aircraft and the lasers. In fact, there's probably a little too much of this, as, let's face it, the regular punter is mainly there to fill in the gaps, and to find out what turned Anakin to the dark side.

Of course, this is eventually all covered, with just enough breathing space to allow the nerds to endlessly argue over certain minor portions of the tale. And it is, for the most part, a satisfying conclusion, though I didn't particularly like the execution. The way it all happened was fine, I don't really have any issues with that, but I found the whole cut-scene between Anakin and Padmé (Natalie Portman) to be a bit gag-inducing, and it disappointed me that, though that was really what I was there to see, I could find it all to be a bit stupidly executed.

However, the bit which made the whole film worthwhile was that delightful section towards the end when Vader yelled "NOOOOOOOOOO!". Oh how I laughed.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 4 Jul 2005

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Lowest rating: 6 (by andy-j, pearly)
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Reader comments

  1. I absolutely LOVED this movie - or was it just Hayden(?). Some have complained about Hayden's moody acting, but that's WHY he was chosen! You don't really think the movie was anything less that George WANTED it to be, do you?

    In the love scenes, I think Anakin was played just right - after all, he'd never loved anyone else before except his Mum, and his life as a Jedi was geared not to form personal attachments, so he would hardly know how to express his feelings.
    My favourite part is the Mustafar battle between Ani and Obi - the colours of the lava planet were just so passionate and exciting (fiery in fact!). And the anger Hayden put into the character was massive.
    I felt sorry for Obi because Ani was tricked into believing he'd been betrayed by his best friend.

    I would watch this mivie once a week for the rest of my life!

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Eileen Lamerton on Fri 12 Aug 2005 16:48 #

  2. I loved this movie so much!! It was great and passionate. The acting was amazing, although sometimes i find that the acting of Hayden made it seem as though he was reading lines.. But otherwise it was an amazing movie..and my favorite line was " Anakin, You're breaking my heart. You're going down a path I cant fallow" I spimply loved this movie..i watched it countless time.. and it was amazing, and i would recommend this movie to everyone i know.
    (and because Hayden Christensen Is Gorgous)

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from Jo on Tue 31 Jan 2006 12:46 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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