After George Lucas redeemed himself in a two prequel trilogy, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” was one of the answers to everything. This movie could be a re-balanced of the two prequels. This is what we want. This is what we are waiting for. How Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, the most phenomenal antagonist ever. This movie, to its surprise, was a PG-13 which the trilogy was PG on it. For the first time, Lucas finally able to make and go further into the story for an original “Star Wars“. This time, “Revenge of the Sith” gave a dark yet depressing story. All the actors and actresses executed well performance in this movie. Yet, this is the final movie of the prequel trilogy. It became a connection to the original story later. The circle is now complete.
The movie seems to flow optimistically and slowly. However, the tone starts to change little by little as the story goes. This is about how Anakin Skywalker falls into the dark side. It also explores more about how the real relationship between a teacher and student, Anakin and Obi-Wan. It’s one of the most uplifting moments you have ever seen. Of all the Star Wars series, this episode, from what I feel and understand, is the most emotional, gloomy, saddest, and depressing ever. Anakin is more overwhelmed by its conflict point of view, leads to manipulation and villain. The conflicts were more apparent especially Obi-Wan and Anakin relationship feel like a bromance.
This movie was grim. Everything gets all the consequences, especially the Jedi Council. Likewise with Obi-Wan, failed to become a teacher like his teacher too, Qui-Gon Jin. Regardless of which, he still thinks Anakin is his son. George Lucas created this movie as a rich, from the complexity story suddenly changed drastically. This movie has a point about politics and conspiracy to be in this episode. This movie is about Anakin yet the movie we wanted from the start. Palpatine is the manipulator, one of the best, still doing various attempts to destroy everything.
This is one of the series I think hits us harder than any other series, besides “The Empire Strikes Back” or my personal favorite, “Return of the Jedi“. This movie knows what it has and brings us out the most intense emotional surface. On the other hand, the scripts kind of feel awkward like almost the whole prequel trilogy. Yet, this takes the cakes. This movie shows all the important things and the meaning for the original story. George Lucas doesn’t seem to just sit silently from behind the scene. The visual effects are magnificent, from the beginning of the opening scene. They are no less excellent than the original but it shows the entire potential.
While the visual effects are gorgeous, I still like the first opening sequence from “The Empire Strikes Back”. In addition, there is a lot of memorable scenes in this movie such as the final lightsaber fight at the end and the scene between Anakin and Palpatine. There is Anakin Skywalker who turns into a psychopath and kill the entire child. One I have never forgotten is such the scene and all those were in this film. There is Grievous as the cameo from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”. All choreography from the lightsaber duel is well-executed perfect. It’s like they danced using the lightsaber, in an aggressive way, still, they showed us an elegant style.
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen kill it in this movie. Still, the script feels shallow. They both show a brutal expression from someone who is hungry for power. He just wants to save his beloved wife in order to reach everything. Natalie Portman as well is so different in this movie, everyone in this movie is probably kill it. There is Ian McDiarmid as the antagonist and the manipulator when he shows his true origins. The visual effects of Yoda also look very nice especially with the support from Frank Oz. John Williams’ score, all of this movie is amazing.
“Revenge of the Sith” isn’t the best of all the Star Wars trilogy but this film won the hearts of its fans as one of the most depressing episodes. George Lucas is bravely enough to step forward, organize the entire dark story with so many various characters. The visual effects, cameos, small details, they are swaying the aspect. This movie gave us a clear meaning and impression of the original story, easy to make the most important connection between them. This movie has a high ground!
4 out of 5 stars.