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

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Impressive. Most impressive.

When it came to the prequel Star Wars series, I wholeheartedly believe each one got better and better, yet still continued to hold certain…avoidable flaws. Not only that, but the writing in these movies regarding the pacing all seem to be different – not necessarily bad, but different than what you’d typically expect to find from Star Wars. Is that a bad thing, is that a good thing…well that clearly lies on your personal preference. As a movie on their own, it’s not horrible, but if you really think about it, every one of the prequels has the same issue – including Revenge of the Sith.

Okay, so what’s this third episode all about, you ask? In a sense, it’s about a lot of things, lightsabers, wookies, betrayal, kidnappings, fear of death, but the main point of the film is without a doubt Anakin’s descent into the unforgettable movie bad guy, Darth Vader. The entire series is about the same thing, but it all comes to a point right here. Unfortunately, the plot other than that is really not that good – but you barely notice because you’re so invested in only Anakin’s storyline…which you’ve been waiting to see for years anyway.

This is probably one of the prettiest movies in the entire series. There is simply so much going on in the film that they definitely lucked out and found some truly remarkable looking scenes. Does it feel like Star Wars…depends on who you ask, but I definitely say it looks like a very well done sci-fi hit. There are also a lot of lightsaber fights in this film…more so than probably all the movies combined, and the thing is…I don’t care if they focused so much on that. These duels were expertly choreographed and look unbelievably amazing against the backdrops. I will always say the fights in this movie, specifically, were the best of the series hands down. What does that mean, however, with the rest of the film?

The rest of the film is a little forgettable, in my opinion. You’re so invested with the Vader storyline that you might actually forget all about what Obi-Wan is even doing in the movie…which while exciting, serves very little actual importance to anything. Instead a lot of these scenes feel forced and maybe even a bit filler. Obi-Wan is sent chasing after a droid that wields sabers, sure, but that’s not why I’m watching it, and I’m not really understanding how important that is to the movie anyways. It’s basically just there to have more exciting action sequences.

As for the scenes with Padme, I’m forced to ask myself what happened to this girl? She used to be the Queen of Naboo, someone with equal parts of intelligence and empathy to be strong and independent. Nowadays, she is just a really pathetic character…no offense to Natalie Portman, she was just dealt a poor script. She basically whines throughout the movie and relies heavily on Anakin for everything. How do you go from the independence and responsibility of royalty to a needy and clingy little girl? If you want us to love this love story, you have to continue with the idea that she’s the same character as before.

How do I say this the best way – this is a great movie if you don’t care to nitpick. The fight scenes are seriously intense and equal the culmination as to what we’ve been waiting for – for years. Who cares that some of the plot isn’t fully needed here and there, it was still fun. Those that do nitpick – this won’t feel so much like Star Wars. It’s without the doubt the best of the prequels, no matter who you ask, but that still doesn’t mean much when it comes right down to it.

The Good:

Obi-Wan vs. Darth Vader. Yeah – that fight was so much more epic than their next, pathetic duel in A New Hope.

The Bad:

I mostly had an issue with the pacing, along with filler scenes that probably could have easily been left out – and the entire representation of Padme – and how that shifted into something basically unrecognizable. But other than that, it’s still a really fun movie.