We are enjoying our Star Wars review project and feel like it's a fun way to prepare for the upcoming movie release in December. This review contains spoilers (in case you haven’t watched this one yet, even though it’s been 10 Years.)
We watched The Revenge of the Sith which is the 3rd movie in the prequel trilogy. This film really focuses on Anakin becoming Darth Vader and the motives behind his radical change in loyalties. In my opinion, it's the best of the prequels and it comes close to being as good as the original series for me. Hayden Christensen is convincing as a tormented soul who is afraid of losing his wife. We know the trauma that losing his mother caused and we can see how he is manipulated because of his fears.
Of course, many people suffer great loss and don't turn to the dark side. But it helps to at least get a glimpse of what drove him to these actions. I like the backstory and the setup for the original series (even though it was done in retrospect). There are still some bad acting moments, but the action is intense (and quite violent at the end). This movie is not for the little kids and they will be disturbed by what goes inside of Vader's suit.
Overall, I give this movie a rating of 7 out of 10. The force is strong with this one!
Here's Alex's take on it:
Episode III: Gift of the Sith.
This is the return to form we were all waiting for, and the best of the Prequel Trilogy. There are still a few unpolished moments, but it’s mostly good.
The Initial Showdown with Count Dooku (Yay, never have to type that again!) shows off the excellence of the space battles, and adds the skilled lightsaber fighting of earlier into the mix.
We get what may be the best executed plot in the prequels, with intrigue complimenting, but not overpowering, the duels and climax of the prequels.
Anakin completes his turn to the dark side, aided by Darth Sidious, who is actually Chancellor Palpatine. (Surprise! But only if you’re five.)
Also, we get two of the best lightsaber duels in the prequels, against General Grevious, who HAS A BAG OF ORGANS IN HIS BODY FOR NO REASON, and Anakin vs. Obi-Wan. Excellent fight. (Up till the last part.)
In fact, excellent everything. We have great use of foreshadowing for things that will happen and/or callbacks to what has happened. (This ought to confuse our readers.)
Hayden isn’t as awkward, and in fact, fits the role perfectly. This is what he wanted to do from the start, and he’s loving it. You can tell. In fact, that’s him in the Vader Suit towards the end of the movie.
Everyone has stepped up their game, resulting in excellent performances all around. My only major criticism is that the film is limited by what must happen in the Original Trilogy. That’s all I can think of.
There are also still some awkward dialogues, but the plot makes this more believable. (Never thought I’d type that out.)
The Force is Strong with:
The Space battles, the clone troopers, the lightsaber duels, the romance plot, the Foreshadowing/Callbacks, the clone troopers, Anakin’s plotline…
The Dark Side Lurks Within:
- SERIOUSLY, WHY DOES GREVIOUS HAVE A BAG OF ORGANS IN HIS BODY?
- Palpatine is doing everything except wearing tattoos that say “I’m the Sith Lord, bozos!” and Anakin doesn’t notice.
- “You look beautiful.” “Because I’m so in love.” “No, because I’m so in love with you.” “So love has blinded you?” “Are we playing who’s on first, Padme?” “Look, Annie, I’m trying to make awkward dialogue sound romantic.” “Ah, George Lucas wrote this.” “Pardon?” “Nothing, Padme.”
- Anakin leaps towards Obi-Wan in a display of pride, but the last time someone had the high ground was Darth Maul. And Obi-Wan survived that no sweat. So what gives?
- From Obi-wan: “Only a sith deals in absolutes.” Several Minutes later, also from Obi-Wan: “Anakin, Chancellor Palpatine is evil!”
- OKAY, IF GREVIOUS CHOSE TO CARRY HIS ORGANS WITH HIM, HE’S STILL AN IDIOT. I GIVE UP, THIS HURTS MY BRAIN.
The Jedi say:
“Sometimes horrors can be forged in war, but such horrors must be faced to gain understanding, and move towards the light. If you lose sight of that, you lose your way. But to regain that understanding is greater than if one had never lost it.” –Obi-Wan Kenobi.
THERE’S GOOD IN HIM. (8 out of 10.)