Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Review

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie posterSynopsis
Three years after the start of the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) begins having nightmares about the death of his wife, Padme (Natalie Portman). Hoping not to lose his wife the same way he lost his mother, he searches for a way to prevent her death. He confides in his friend Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who offers him a solution: learn about the Dark Side of the Force from the Chancellor.

Review
This is it. This is what Star Wars fans have been waiting for since Obi-Wan and Darth Vader first dueled on screen in Star Wars: A New Hope : Anakin’s turn towards the dark side. This easily is the most action-packed of the Star Wars films. It starts in the middle of a dogfight above the planet Coruscant and ends with one of my favorite movie sword fights. The epicness of the large battle seen at the end of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones flows into this movie. Several scenes share the scale of that battle, but are broken up into smaller sequences. Although General Grievous (voiced by Mathew Wood) may not have a strong presence in the movies (The Clone Wars television show is another story), he is one of the most menacing villains, and one of my favorite Star Wars characters (he’s a four lightsaber wielding cyborg, how is that not awesome?). The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan was built much more than in Attack of the Clones, which is where I feel it should have been built in the first place. Once again, Christensen’s Anakin is the weakest part of this film. Christensen is monotonous and Anakin acts like a child. Although it still has some flaws, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is the strongest movie in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Rating
4.5/5

Trailer

Cast & Crew
George Lucas – Director / Writer
John Williams – Composer

Ewan McGregor – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Hayden Christensen – Anakin Skywalker
Natalie Portman – Padme Amadala
Ian McDiarmid – Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Mathew Wood – General Grievous (voice)
Samuel L. Jackson – Mace Windu
Frank Oz – Yoda (voice)
Jimmy Smits – Senator Bail Organa
Temuera Morrison – Commander Cody
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Christopher Lee – Count Dooku

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5 thoughts on “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Review

    • I could have been much better. But I just seemed to really enjoy this one. The script has been problematic throughout the whole prequel trilogy, so I think by the time RotS rolled around I just looked past it.

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  1. This movie would have been so much more powerful had the previous films been stronger. Obviously it has problems of its own (stiff dialogue, occasionally poor acting), but overall it’s a pretty impressive work of filmmaking. The cinematography is excellent, the special effects are top-notch, even to this day, the acting overall is terrific (McGregor and McDiarmid are highlights), and the story is emotionally powerful. The problem is that this film excellently ties up plot lines that were poorly established in Ep. 1 + 2. It’s hard to care about Padme and Anakin’s relationship when it was so terribly set-up in Attack of the Clones. Still, I like this movie a lot, and I agree with your score of 4.5/5.

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    • Thanks, Kevin! I agree, many of the problems that were present throughout The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones carry into Revenge of the Sith. When I watch this movie, I ignore those aspects and look at everything else. As flawed as the prequels are, I still enjoy them quite a bit, especially RotS.

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