This is the third film of the ‘prequel trilogy’, a collection of films that many call a disappointment. I have always had a soft spot for Revenge of the Sith, the scenes of the Clone Wars, the melodrama between the Jedi and the Senate, Anakin and Padme, as well as Anakin and the Jedi and the Senate. While probably not a traditional Star Wars movie, the film ticks all the boxes when it comes to an enjoyable experience.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith follows Anakin Skywalker as he is pulled in every direction by the Chancellor, the Jedi, the ongoing war, his wife, the light side and the dark. The story surrounding him follows the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire.
The acting in this film is not its strength, again Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid stand out in front of the performances of Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and even Samuel L Jackson. As with the other prequel films (I know I am repeating myself) the poor dialogue and clunky attempts at character development are noticeable but not as bad as the previous films. Maybe that stems from there generally being more going on in the film.
The visual effects are top notch in this film, it’s bright and colourful but doesn’t feel as real as the original films did. Admittedly, this does make for a difference between the shiny Republic and gritty Rebel Alliance we see in the later films (chronologically speaking) but its not a difference many liked.
Revenge of the Sith is by far my favourite film of the Prequel Trilogy. It has less problems than the first two films did however it still feels very different to what I would generally associate Star Wars with. That being said keep an eye out for the next Star Wars review because Rogue One: A Star Wars Story captures that feel in ways I couldn’t dream of. The dramatic build in this film is its selling point. Maybe it’s because I’m a huge Star Wars fan but you really feel that everything is on the line here, the evil Empire has won and it’s going to cause so many problems in the long run. It also has that Empire Strikes Back vibe to the ending with just a dash of A New Hope.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: Average