Benz Eye View: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

We end the Prequel Trilogy of the Star Wars Marathon with a film that we have been waiting for…

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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Pros:

If you did not care about the characters from the last two movies, you will in this one.  Many of them are actual human beings (if they are not aliens) that interact, joke, recollect, and care for each other.  A big example is Anakin and Obi-Wan’s chemistry of teacher to student, brother to brother, and father to son.  It makes it more heartbreaking when the two inevitably fight each other in the climax.

Anakin Skywalker’s descent to the dark side is very good.  Plenty of political thrills, religious questioning, and desperation to save a loved one are good themes for this movie.  Combine them with a Palpatine/Darth Sidious (a great devil archetype), and you got a good reason why Anakin became Darth Vader.  Also, good amount of symbolic imagery for Anakin.  Finally, one very good scene that has no words between Anakin and Padme is an example of show, don’t tell.

This next installment of Star Wars returns to being immersive like the Original Trilogy.  Great looking and different variety of environment, creature, droid, and planet designs make this one of the main reasons why this movie stands out over the other prequels, and why it is at least the closest we can get for a prequel to be in the same level as the originals.

 

Cons:

The romance between Anakin and Padme still sucks.  However, it is mainly because of the dialogue between the two.  Anakin’s desperation to save Padme due to his love for her works, but how Padme goes out is just…stupid.  Also, Hayden Christensen barely improved from the last movie, but he still does not do a good job.

Even though the battle scenes are excellent, the movie still overuses the CG and green screen (although they do a much better job than the last two movies).  However, the climactic battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan is too-well coordinated.  Very few times that they actually make the characters mess up in their battles.  You may argue that they are using the Force to fight much better than usual, but it still is a too-well choreographed fight.

I notice a few plot holes and some logical insults.  The biggest one is when Obi-Wan said, “Only a Sith deals with absolutes.”  No…everyone deals with absolutes, including Jedi.  You may argue that is a Jedi belief, then it is a stupid Jedi belief.

 

Overall:

The final movie of the Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released into theaters on May 19, 2005.  George Lucas was working on this movie before Attack of the Clones was released into theaters, which may say something about how focused he was on Episode II.  The third episode of the series is considered to be the best/more tolerable of the prequels.  By watching this movie, you can tell they were giving their all into finishing this (some more than others), especially when you note that this movie is more symbolic than any of the other prequels: The use of cinematography, lighting, and settings is one of the reasons why this prequel works well.  Other than the artistic side, it is one Star Wars movie worth recommending to watch, but you have to watch through the other boring and badly done prequels before this to get a better idea.  Could the prequels be better?  I will get to that, but for this movie, it is a definitely a watch as it is the one we had been waiting for since the start of the Prequel Trilogy.

8/10

Here is a viewing and listening comparison I noticed when watching both the Original and Prequel Trilogies.  There are times when I have to look away from the TV screen to work on something.  For the Original Trilogy, not only did I enjoy what I saw, but also what I hear when I am not looking.  However, for the Prequel Trilogy, there are few times that I enjoy what I saw, and fewer times that I hear; the one that I paid more attention to is Revenge of the Sith.  Take that into consideration when you watch both of the trilogies.

With the prequels, many people asked if George Lucas is going to do a Sequel Trilogy, in which he said no every time.  However, we all know that we are about to get one in a couple of days.  Besides that, what do I think about the Prequel Trilogy?  I can see why George Lucas did this, because I see the potential of a story on the origin of Darth Vader.  However, the reason why it is hated is because there are many elements of the movies that he just screwed up.  Some pretty poor writing, overuse of green screen and CG, and the lack of feeling in the world of Star Wars is what makes the prequels unpopular.  I do not think it is as bad as everyone said, but it certainly not as good as the originals.  Let us hope that the sequels will do a better job.

Now that the Prequel Trilogy is over, here is a tribute video that I found:

Now we have one more movie in the Star Wars film series.  “Wait,” you may ask, “You already reviewed all six films.  There is nothing left to review.”  No.  There is one more movie out there, and it is a movie that you guys probably have forgotten.

Star Wars Holiday Special
NO!  Not that!  I am not reviewing that!
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