Movie Name: Star Wars—Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Release Date(s): May 19, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
The battle with Lord Dooku (Christopher Lee) and the Separatists continue, and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) continue to fight with the army of clones. When Anakin kills Dooku to save Senator Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), he begins to further slide down the path of corruption. Anakin learns his wife Padme Amidala is pregnant and is haunted by visions of her death in childbirth. When Palpatine is revealed to be a Dark Jedi, he convinces Anakin that he can save Amidala by helping him wipe out the Jedi forever. Initiating Order 66, the clone troopers turn on the Jedi and a small band of survivors led by Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) and Obi-Wan Kenobi are the only ones who can stop Anakin and Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious).
George Lucas continues as director of Star Wars—Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (also known simply as Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith) and ends the series to lead up to the original films. The movie was one of the largest money makers of all time and helped wrap-up a few loose ends that never matched up well in the first movies (but they didn’t even do that cleanly).
Revenge of the Sith is alright. It doesn’t have quite as much yammering dialogue as the first two prequels, but it still doesn’t live up to an Empire Strikes Back. It does rival Return of the Jedi, but I feel Attack of the Clones also rivaled that. It is hard to decide if this movie with its darker tone and more fighting is better than Attack of the Clones or not, but it definitely showed improvement in some areas. The basic plot loop (not a story problem so much as the characters being idiots) is that they keep talking about how Anakin was suppose to bring balance to the Force. It seems like there are a hell of a lot of “good” Jedi when the movie starts and about zero “bad” Jedi. The solution is Anakin kills almost all the good Jedi…hence balance. Guess the “good” Jedi should learn about ratios.
The movie does have a lot of crap moments and moments that make you say “uh?” The classically bad “NOOOOOO!!!!!!!” by Darth Vader at the end of the movie is like some kid’s idea of what would be said. Anakin also is quite wishy-washy the whole film and it doesn’t entirely make sense that he would be willing to slaughter kids to succeed (plus the kids get killed but Jar Jar doesn’t? What type of a world do they live in?) I also like Padme’s last gasp naming of Luke and Leia. Other moments include things that don’t match up or are really forced to match are C-3PO’s random, clear his memory banks while R2-D2 is left untouched. Plus, Obi-Wan Kenobi spends a lot of time with R2-D2 to not recognize him in A New Hope…just sayin’.
A big problem is still Lucas. He continuously argued that Star Wars wasn’t meant for adults and that he was making the movie for kids. He said that is why adults and fans didn’t like the prequels…he wanted to entertain kids. If that is the case, why did he make this movie PG-13? Way to stand your ground Lucas (or you’re just full of it…I’m leaning toward full of it).
The second (or really the first) Star Wars arc ended up with improvements from The Phantom Menace, but it still seems a long way from a solid series of movies. They are entertaining (for the most part) but they aren’t great…moderately good is about what I’d commit to. It doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them, but it is sometimes hard when you hear Jar Jar talking like an Olsen twin.