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The Force is with us in EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH, the final chapter of the six-part STAR WARS series, which began a long time ago (1977) in a galaxy far, far away... and is now complete in its cyclical perfection. This visually awe-striking kaleidoscope of interplanetary imagination features the unmatched digital animation and special effects of George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. With pink and orange skies casting a golden sheen over magnificent landscapes through which space ships dart and light sabers flash, the spectacle of the film, while hypnotizing, is but a complement to the intense, crucial plot. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) remains the Jedi apprentice of master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor). Battling dark forces that threaten the Republic, the duo quickly eliminates enemy Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), and Anakin proves--as he states more than once--that his powers have doubled. An intimidating warrior with superior knowledge of the Force, Anakin becomes the pet of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who is connected to the dark side. Meanwhile, Padme (Natalie Portman), the senator and former queen who is secretly married to Anakin, is pregnant, and Anakin is tortured by dreams of her dying in childbirth. With Obi-Wan on Utapau battling cyborg General Grievous (Matthew Wood), and Yoda (Frank Oz) joining the Wookiees of Kashyyyk, the sage warnings of the Jedi council (Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits) go unheard by Anakin. His moodiness and glowering are a clear precursor to his inevitable, terrifying metamorphosis into Darth Vader, the dark leader of the evil Empire who haunts the remainder of the series. John Williams's famous orchestral score with its thunderous marching themes adds more continuity, with refrains reminding viewers of STAR WARS EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE, in which Padme's children Luke and Leia take charge.
“Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” is a great bridge between Lucas original trilogy and his prequel trilogy. While the prequels, in many fans ideas were sub par in many ways (Six words: Jar Jar Binks and Jake Lloyd) Sith stands above them all to showcase the story of how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen, Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Life as a House) finally becomes Darth Vader.
Personally, I could’ve done without the first two prequels, because they don’t add too many details to the overall story of Anakin Skywalker that couldn’t be told in this film or in books outside of the movie.
The acting makes it hard for me to say without a doubt that this is the best “Star Wars” movie ever made, especially in the scenes between Anakin and Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman, Garden State, Closer). While an improvement over their acting in Episode II (creepy eyes and monotonous voice do not good romantic acting make), it is still one of the worst segments of this movie.
However, this movie delivers where others in the series have failed: Action. Whereas Episode II was more character driven and focused on the story of Anakin and Padme’s blossoming love, this movie focuses on the action brought forward by the creation of the Empire and keeps it coming, especially in the end where everything starts to hit the fan as Anakin finally embraces the dark side. Some of the best sequences are the fight between Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan Mcgregor, Big Fish, Moulin Rogue) and General Greivous (voiced by Matthew Woods) and Mace Windu’s (Samuel L. Jackson, The Incredibles, Coach Carter) showdown with Darth Sidious (Ian Mcdiarmid, Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Sleepy Hollow). Thanks to being filmed digitally, the transfer of this movie to DVD is beautifully done, and every sequence of action shows up perfectly on disc.
However, the characterization of the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO will be harder for fans of the original trilogy to watch. Seeing R2-D2 using oil and jetpacks to dispose of two droids posed to attack him is totally out of character, especially with what is known about him from the original films. Being a fan of those movies, it is one of the hardest things to watch. Seeing one of the most unique characters who is present from Episode I: The Phantom Menace to Episode VI: Return of the Jedi act so differently from the prequels to the original trilogy is gut-wrenching to say the least. Lucas created too many gaps by adding too much detail to these characters.
Special features wise, this DVD delivers. The two featurettes are really entertaining, showcasing the stunts and darker side of this movie. The behind the scenes documentary is rather lengthy, but informative, but seems to break down one scene’s contributors too much. I mean, I understand people have to eat, but interviewing the catering crew as a major player in one scene’s composition? That’s stretching too far. The DVD also includes every TV spot and trailer that ran to promote the movie and has a playable demo of “Star Wars: Battlefront II.” Also, the web-documentaries that once ran online as a paid exclusive on the “Star Wars” website which are very entertaining and informative.
I would have to say that Episode 3 is the best of the prequels. Episode 1 was good, but a slow start with Anakin as a young child. The Trade Federation's characters are plain but when they launch their attack on Naboo- that helps to launch the future of Anakin and Padme. The Pod Race was exciting but too long. The best scenes occur when Qui-Gonn Jinn & Obi-Wan face off against the Sith Darth Maul. Episode 2 was better than 1. Anakin is older and develops a relationship with Queen Amidala. He continues training with Obi-Wan and Count Dooku is introduced as a force on the Dark Side. Anakin begins to show his rebellious attraction toward the dark side which will come to fruition in Episode 3. Episode 3 (this one) was terrific. More of what Star Wars fans wanted to see. Count Dooku, who carries over from Episode 2, is eliminated by Obi-Wann & Anakin. Anakin shows on more than one occasiion that his powers have doubled. Anakin becomes the admired pet of Chancellor Palpatine, who of course becomes even more evil later in the film. Obi-Wan and a group of Jedi goes off to fight the cyborg General Grevious on a far away planet while Yoda teams up with the Wookie armies on their home world. As this is occurring, no one is around to help as Anakin continues to shift to the dark side and commits horrible acts in the Jedi Temple. There is a very emotional scene and highlight to the movie when Obi-Wan learns of Anakins misdeeds and confronts him. And the ending leading up to Anakin becoming Darth Vader was stunning. Very well made and a perfect setup for Episode 4 and the entrance of Luke & Leia. Your best bet is to watch them all in order - that being said - this episode is the best of the new three.
Thanks for reading and rating this review, young padawan.
May The Force Be With You.
The final episode of George Lucas' cinematic epic "Star Wars" ends the six-movie series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, "Rewind!" Yes, rewind through more than 13 hours of bravery, treachery, new worlds, odd creatures and human frailty. The first two episodes of Lucas' second trilogy -- "The Phantom Menace" (1999) and "Attack of the Clones" (2002) -- caused more than a few fans of the original trilogy to wonder whether this prequel was worth it. The answer is a qualified yes. It did take a lot of weighty exposition, stiffly played scenes and less-than-magical creatures to get to "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." But what a ride Lucas and Company have in store!
Needless to say, international boxoffice will register in the hundreds of millions. The real question is how much money the entire series, now ready for packaging and repackaging for all sorts of formats and media, will eventually take in. Let's just say a lot.
What seems like the biggest drawback to "Episode III" turns out to be its strongest element. Even casual moviegoers know what is in store for the characters, who will wind up at the point where the original "Star Wars" -- now dubbed "Episode IV -- A New Hope" -- began the whole saga nearly 30 years ago. We know how Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker will turn to the dark side of the Force, how his twin children will be separated at birth and how his former master Obi-Wan Kenobi and the tiny Jedi Master Yoda will turn into his mortal enemies. Yet watching these fates unfold with such tragic inevitability, watching each piece fall into place, is genuinely thrilling. In fact, knowing that these strong characters cannot and will not escape their fate is what moves us.
The connection between the 2 trilogies could'n be better done. I assure you, this 3rd episode can make you feel angry and can make you even cry. For Star Wars fanatic, and not only.
And however you can't miss the final yoda's combact! Amazing!
Remember again --- May The Force Be With You.
The movie was awesome...choreography was so good i cant put it into words...I knew that handsome actor who played Annakin Skywalker would turn into Darth Vadar....I knew his wife would die...still......I cried and cried for days...everytime the movie subject was brought up in my presence, I startd crying. I cant stand for a hero to fall or see love lost. Emotional you say?...yessss I am. I can watch my dvd of it now without crying, but I cant talk about it too much without doing so...i'm just a hopeless romantic, and am not appologizing for it either.
The Star Wars saga is complete...I have every one of the movies...i watch them 4 or 5 times a year...maybe much more at times. The enhanced version of VI is so great with Annakin letterboxed with Obi- One and Yoda at the end. III & VI brings to light Annakin's true nature. THE CHOSEN ONE. He really didn't want the power to control and rule, just to defend and save those he loved from certain death... how he cried out in pain when the emporer told him he had killed Padme in his anger... then when Luke cried out to him to help him when the Emporer was trying to kill him, that love finally came out. He gave up his life so his son would live. Now thats unconditional LOVE. Only a human can experience that. More machine than man?...I dont think soooo... Son saves father from evil, then father saves son from evil...father is eternally redeemed to his former self when he was a Jedi Knight to counsel with his son along with Yoda and Obi-One whenever Luke needs him... Annakin became, finally, a Jedi Master...what a story! The perfect puzzle has been put togeather. AWESOME!!!! George Lucas has to be one of the most imaginative people yet. And the people that work for him are surely hard-pressed (but i might add, extremely sucessful) to fufill his ideas and put them on the big screen.
The actors Lucas chose for all the roles were superb...i do wish Annakin was a bit less handsome toward the end tho..i could have dealt with his fall without crying so much.
If I have one negative thing to say about the entire 6 movies it is:
Darn!!!! George couldn't you have made Annakin grow less handsome as he fell into the dark side of the force, dang!! He got more handsome, rugged and virile-looking.
True classics...beyond our imaginations...even for non- sci-fi lovers, you got to see them. I wouldn't take a million for my StarWars collection.
The series comes full circle. As a long time fan, I am glad to have had the chance to finally see Anakin make his final turn to "the dark side",(although you can see it coming, especially in esp 2) in this last (?) movie of the series (wasn't there supposed to have been 9 segments in the epic?). Here, confirmed are we (in Yoda's voice), of the true nature of Palpatine (I just KNEW he was the Sith Lord they had been looking for...The Emporer).
Is it me, or did Anakin seem bi-polar. One moment he was doing all he can to save his "master's" life (Obie Wan),and the next, he is trying to kill him. In one scene, he is telling Obie Wan how greatful he is for his teachings...then very next scene, he is complaining to Padame about Obie Wan. I guess that is human nature...putting up a front. You know, Anakin...they do have a pill for that....but alas, I digress. I do wish that Anakin was not so "whinney"; but I guess that is how they wished to portray his dissatisfaction. Personally, I don't think I would had him divulge so much to Palpatine, but I don't make millinos of dollars eithor.
I have such a desire to learn more about the entire back story as well as the future for the whole Skywalker Clan...but I am not much of a reader (quite impatient), so George: please finish the original series plan of 9. I will look forward to all the "other" work you will be doing (likee bringing a series to TV). Maybe if it all comes to a TV near you, we can buy it on DVD some day as well.
As a true fan, I just had to have this latest disk to make my walk to the dark side complete (LOL). I now have all six disks, and many VHS's. I am SURE, it won't stop there eithor: after all, there will be 3D versions (hmmmm), Director's Cuts, Special Releases, and of Course, BOXED SETS yet to buy (sorry honey...I just go to have it).
As long as Lucas Films will make it...I will buy it. For strong is the force with this one: unfortunatly the force usually pulls the money right out of my pocket. Oh well...
This is supposed to be the final installment in the greatest film series ever made. This should have (could have) been the best film in the series. It is a disgrace. The story writing is terrible. The acting is awful, with a few exceptions (Ewan McGregor, Samuel Jackson, Christopher Lee). Casting Hayden Christensen in one of the most important roles in movie history has to be the greatest blunder in movie history. The guy has no acting ability at all. The special effects were great at times, but quite overblown. The cartoonish computer effects remain a big disappointment. The scene where Darth Vader first gets up and says "Nooooo!" was so stupid it was laughable. It's a shame Mr. Lucas lost his ability to make great films after episode 6.
Judged on its own merits, Revenge of the Sith is a great movie, full of exciting action and eye-popping special effects with a little intrigue along the way. Its fatal flaw is that it was released out of sequence. I admit I was a bit miffed, sitting in a theater more than 30 years ago when the movie formerly known as "Star Wars" opened with the words "Episode IV" scrolling up the screen. Like most viewers at the time, I thought it was an odd way of imparting a 'Saturday matinee' feeling and I've subsequently wondered why George Lucas chose to start telling his epic in the middle, instead of at the beginning. In choosing to do so--and ultimately choosing to complete the tale by going back to the beginning--Lucas put himself in the unenviable position of creating a finale to the saga, the 'ending'--that was really the middle--of which the audience already knew full well. All he could really do was show us what we already knew would happen. To my mind, this decision ultimately robbed the film of much of the suspense it otherwise would have had. And there is absolutely nothing Lucas or anyone else could have done to alleviate this fact.
Watching Revenge of the Sith for the first time, I found myself envying anyone--if such people actually in existence--who had managed to see the prequels as they were released without first having been exposed to the "earlier" trilogy, which composed the saga's final chapters. How much more suspenseful would the ending have been under those circumstances, to see the 'birth' of Darth Vader without knowing how he dies? I suppose the answer to that question will be left for future generations to determine, as the natural tendency will doubtless be to watch them in numerical order.
I finally got to see this movie and I was not dissappointed. This movie was great in so many different ways. First you have wonderful actors including Ewan McGregor (The Island, Trainspotting), Hayden Christensen (Shattered Glass), Jimmy Smits (Stephan Kings TommyKnockers), Natalie Portman (Garden State), Samuel L. Jackson (Shaft), and so many more! They all did a wonderful job throughout the whole movie.
Then you have the special effects. There were so many wonderful things in this movie and all of them were wonderful. The only one I had a problem with is the Docter/nurse at the end (she looked really fake). All the fights and action scenes are great though.
I really enjoyed seeing everything come together between all the Star Wars movies. You get to see Darth Vader and how he came to be. You see the birth of Luke and his sister and more into how they got where they ended up in life. Also why Yoda went away. Just about all your questions are finally answered in this movie. If you haven't seen it, you really should, even if you are not a Star Wars fan. A+++
After a sluggish part II, George Lucas had to do something great. This was almost it. Anakin is destined to be Vader by the end of this one so it's going to have a lot more action that the second did not deliver. The end is not so believeable. And the Sith just fight way too dirty. I can't believe how easy it is to pick apart the Jedi. Kenobi is in some pretty big battles but the one with Anakin is the best. It feels as if they should make another sequel to show what happened the 20 something years before Luke started his quest. It just doesn't feel complete at the end but this is probably the best of the first three. I'm not sure because I like Darth Maul a lot. But a lot of things Lucas does these days doesn't make much sense. This movie was one of the more sensible things. But plot holes, plot holes, plot holes!!! Kills me!!! Any Star Wars fan will buy anyway. 4/5