Film Review: Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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Episode III is definitely the best of the prequel trilogy.  Everything I don’t like about the previous two films remains true, namely that they’re over-produced and the characters aren’t very interesting.  But at least Lucas finally cashes in on some of the dramatic potential.  As the Emperor finally seduces Anakin, there are surprisingly dark moments in the movie.  The slaughter of the Jedi is a very moving scene, and when Anakin is ordered to destroy all those in the Jedi Temple, Lucas doesn’t shy away from the fact that some of the Jedi are children.

One of the best scenes from the movie is one without dialogue, where Padme and Anakin simply look out windows in different parts of the city, thinking of each other.  Both are worried about their relationship and the turns their futures are about to take, and for once, Lucas doesn’t rely on clunky dialogue to convey these emotions.  There’s just the actors’ faces and John Williams’ music.  And it’s awesome! If Lucas had utilized this kind of poetic license more often, the entire prequel trilogy could have been infinitely better. My other favorite part is watching Yoda and the Emperor throw down at the Intergalactic Senate.

The movie certainly benefits from nostalgia, and I won’t begrudge it that.  For Star Wars fans, there’s undeniable power in seeing characters, ships, and locations that feature prominently in the original trilogy.  When Ewan McGregor delivers Luke to the Lars family on Tatooine and Williams conducts a soft reprise of the force theme, you know you’ve come full circle, and it’s a really nice feeling. 

Revenge of the Sith isn’t great, but it’s good enough.

Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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