on 8 August 2005
Let's, maybe, forget Episodes I and II. George Lucas should have started the prequel trilogy with this! All past sins are redeemed George - Even creating Jar Jar Binks!
Up there with the generally conceived best one of the lot, The Empire Strikes Back, Revenge of the Sith is a mouth watering prospect for any movie goer.
The birth of Darth Vader. That is what makes this film ESSENTIAL! And Hayden Christensen, slightly meek in Episode II, really proves to be inspired casting here. It's a shame that Natalie Portman is wasted (apart from one scene when she confronts anakin on Mustafar) with a tiny role, but Hayden's scenes opposite Ewan, especially the famed lightsaber fight to end all lightsaber fights, is astonishingly good.
This has got some of the most emotional scenes in the entire saga. Check out anakin's and Obi-wan's last conversation as friends; the emotion filled climax; and the dialogue free scene with anakin and padme looking out of windows, seemingly at each other, but it has so much meaning - this is when he chooses the Dark Side. It's haunting, epic and legendary.
This is what the Star wars story boils down to, what everyone has been waiting for, and it delivers in spades. Do we need to mention the special effects? Amazing as usual, particularly the opening space battle. Ewan is more at ease in his role, and seems genuinely having fun with his last foray into star was. Ian McDiarmid is all cakles and evil grins as the Emperor, finally coming into his own - and getting to grips with a lightsaber!
It ties up all loose ends, but there are a few niggles. General Grievous, although a brilliant character, was not really needed. Count Dooku was dispatched of far too early on. But in the end, you are just shocked at seeing what is up there on screen.
Afterwards, you have to watch the original trilogy. Just to see the man, who did so much wrong in his life, who had so much potential and blew it, finally redeem himself.
on 23 August 2005
From the opening onslaught of the now over-familiar theme to the poignancy of the film's emotionally silent finish, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a guiltlessly enjoyable sci-fi romp, encompassing the now familiar Lucas themes of Love, Regret, Responsibility and Greed.
From the iconic use of original dialogue ("This is where the fun begins!") in the oddly calm opening battle, to the poetic justice of Obi-Wan's tainted victory over the corrupted Anakin, ROTS is unique, the end of a dynasty, a film saga that is truely timeless, despite all the criticisms of the new prequels ("Too many SFX", "Pathetic dialogue", "irritating characters").
Fortunately, ROTS manages to address many of these problems (except the FX, still billions of those). Yes, the dialogue is still occasionally cringe-worthy, but who cares when it looks this good? The film that Star Wars fans have always wanted to see, with all the things we wanted to see. Clone Wars. Check. How the Jedi got wiped out (and SO cunningly!). Check. How Palpatine ended up like a prune. Check. Obi-Wan V Anakin/'Vader'. Check. Yoda V Emperor Palpatine. Check. Kids being born. Check. What happened to Mum. Check. How Anakin became the asthmatic poster boy of the Empire. Check, check and check mate.
ROTS is everything you could possibly want, minor quibbles aside: 'What? He had 28 YEARS to write the opening crawl, and he came up with "War!"? Oh, Bra-VO!', 'Why are the Clone Troopers all random colours like Red, Yellow and Green when they all look the same in the future?', 'That's our lot for Kashyyyk? After waiting for that for 28 years too? Utapau is better!', 'What? He turned to the Dark Side just like THAT? Jeez...', and the best one, 'DARTH VADER DOESN'T TALK LIKE THAT!!!'
But it dies away. While the opening space battle isn't quite as billed, it is intriguingly shot, showing the calm serenity that the Jedi can exude in the most turbulent atmosphere, further exemplifying the cruel sadness of their unbeknown fate. Also, Lucas moves the action along at a cracking pace, with some terrificly boys-own set-pieces, as well as freneticly gruesome lightsaber duels, the standout obviously being the duel between the two Jedi on the delectably designed Mustafar, with a quite ghastly coup de gras, fully deserving of the 12A certificate bestowed upon the film (the common Star Wars mythos still doesn't quite prepare you for Anakin's horrifying destruction).
To further complement it, Ian McDiarmid is outstanding, compensating somewhat for the slightly wooden Ewan McGregor (who almosts seems disbelieving in some of his deliveries) and the woeful Natalie Portman, whose transformation from strong individual to pathetic floozy is startling over three films. The scenes between McDiarmid and Hayden Christensen (a real star turn this time), especially in the the Opera sequence, are among the best in all six (!) Star Wars films, although, as noted, Anakin's final capitulation to his dark inklings is woefully underplayed, but that should be contributed to Lucas, not his cast.
All without mentioning John Williams' masterful score, fully embellished in the tragic segment following the murders of the Jedi Order across a far-flung array of war-torn planets. To call it a minor triumph is like saying how relieved fans were to see that Jar Jar Binks only managed a single line, "Excuse me", which is, incidentally, unnoticeable.
Tying up loose ends, being loud, and proud with it, ROTS is popcorn fun all the way, just as Star Wars always has been, even in the much-maligned prequels (I saw The Phantom Menace no less than 3 times at the cinema and enjoyed it every time. Hell, I even liked Jar Jar.)
And I challenge you not to get AT LEAST a lump in your throat when Yoda chokes on his words: "Failed, I have".
Only when I stop watching. Only then.
The anticipation for this film was huge....Finally, the last missing link in the chain of Star Wars movies that would tie up all loose ends and create one glorious saga. And I was not disappointed. The film is big and bold and is certainly a spectacle. The story is fantastic, but then I fell in love with the Star Wars universe a long time ago....even if the actual script is at times slightly forced and even occasionally laughable. I wasn't hugely convinced by Hayden Christensen but he was more than made up for by the sublime Ian McDiarmid as Palpatine who clearly relished reprising his role and was perfectly exaggerated and wonderfully manipulative. These are minor gripes, though. This movie was comfortably better than Episodes I and II even if it didn't quite compare to the original trilogy (but then, what does?) All in all, this is good fun and a fitting fianl instalment of the Star Wars saga. A must for any Star Wars fan, and at least 90% of everyone else too!
This the third and final instalment of the prequels that laid the grounding for what was yet to come in the shape of the original
trilogy and indeed, happily - beyond.
I myself consider the prequels an essential part of the Star Wars saga it builds the characters and their origins giving a background
for the original series .
My journey continues - MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.....
The wars continue the republic looks to be crumbling under the strain of the constant attacks, only the few 'Jedi Knights' offer any
hope for the republic's survival, again 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' (Ewan McGregor) and 'Anakin Skywalker' (Hayden Christensen) lead the
After a hard fought campaign 'Anakin' returns to find that 'Padme' (Natalie Portman) is pregnant and expecting his child, his nightmares will become of deep concern to him however fearing he will lose his beloved 'Padme' during the birth of their child.
'Anakin' remains an ambitious and arrogant sole, when offered a position on the 'Jedi' council he feels slighted that he is not also
made a 'Master-Jedi'
It seems that 'Anakin' is caught up in political manoeuvres which will question his loyalties to the limit as the Jedi-Master 'Mace
Windu' (Samuel L Jackson) asks that he reports on the dealings of the Chancellor (Ian McDiarmid) with demands that he also
reports on the dealings of the 'Jedi' to the Chancellor
Meanwhile 'General Grievous' (voiced by Mathew Wood) prepares his forces for another assault on the republic, 'Anakin's' pride
is hurt when his Master 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' is given the sole task of hunting down and killing the General.
'Anakin' becomes increasingly worried about 'Padme' and turns to the Chancellor for help after the true identity of 'Palpatine' as
a 'Sith-Lord' is revealed.
Believing that the 'Jedi' Council has no faith in him, 'Anakin' commits to the Dark-Side.......
Meanwhile the wars have continued...
The Special-Effects are indeed stunning in this the third prequel...
For me, this is far and and way the most powerful of the three setting the stage for the three sequels (filmed first)
This - an enjoyable, exciting and indeed visually stunning episode in the Star Wars series ........
on 10 January 2006
I'd heard some reasonable things about Revenge of the Sith. 'The best of the 3 prequals' they said. Brilliant Special effects' they said. 'Great story' they said.
Well, if you want special effects, there are plenty of those here, infact, that's almost all there is. This is amateur dramatics at best, linked together with effects sequences so perfect they seem to have a clinical feel to them. I can't even bring myself to write about a script as inept as this.
Lucas should have made the 3 prequals back in the eighties, they might not have been as magical as the original trilogy, but I'm sure they would have been far superior to the clunky, politics laden, effects obsessed tedium that have soiled my fond memories of Luke, Solo, Chewi and the Princess.