Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith Review

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith may have its flaws, however, it is a film which slightly redeems the poor execution of the prequel films. To briefly overview, in Revenge of the Sith, we start out on a rescue mission being conducted by Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker, to rescue chancellor Palpatine. The mission is successful in rescuing the chancellor but this does not come without repercussions. We then wind down to a slow part of the film where we see Padme revealing her pregnancy to Anakin, who does not seem too keen on having these children. Anakin then has visions of Padme dying childbirth which makes him grow only more worried. Chancellor Palpatine continues to grow a strong bond with Anakin and eventually appoints him as representative for the Jedi Council. After Palpatine’s decision the Jedi then prompt Anakin to spy on Palpatine and discover his intentions. Only later does Anakin discover that Palpatine is an undercover Sith Lord who now holds a position of power in the intergalactic government. After a battle between Mace windu and Palpatine, Anakin saves Palpatine by causing Windu’s demise which then leads to Anakin becoming Palpatine’s servant. We then see Anakin make his full turn to the dark side by executing the infamous Order 66 which was meant to extinguish all Jedi. We eventually arrive to the Planet Mustafar were we see another iconic battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin that then leaves Obi-Wan on the high grounds and Anakin defeated with all limbs severed. After this Anakin is revived by Palpatine and we then see Anakin in the iconic Darth Vader costume accompanied by the beautiful voice of James Earl Jones. Unfortunately but inevitably Padme dies giving birth to Luke and Leia. Finally we see Palpatine discussing the plans for the Death Star as we see it currently being built.

Upon rewatching this film this can be argued that this is the best film in the Star Wars prequels for numerous reasons. Not only do we see the inevitable downfall of Anakin, we also are treated scenes that we will remember for the ages. Whether the scenes be the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin or the tragic execution of Order 66, most of the memorable scenes of the prequels can come from the third installment. Seeing the tragedy of Anakin succumbing to the dark side appears to be sort of shakespearean in a good way due to the romance which has grown between Padme and Anakin. Seeing Obi-Wan struggle to accept his students path is truly heartbreaking and you can sort of feel for him because he cannot believe what has happened. Despite there being positive aspects to this film this does not mean that it is without flaws.

A major flaw people may have about this film is that it can feel cheesy at times with bits of dialogue and random moments which are meant to be serious but I found myself laughing. A notable moment which made me laugh was when we see Anakin murder count Dooku where Palpatine reminds Anakin of the sand people which murdered his mother, and in the background you can hear the sand people make noises faintly which is meant to insinuate Anakin remembering but seems out of place and really comedic to me. Another issue I had was that there was very little attempt to have us care about the other Jedi and unfortunately the tragic moment of order 66 lacks the weight that I would like to have seen. Now, Order 66 does have its weight with the death of the children but it doesn’t feel as impactful as it should much like how the deaths in Rogue One has better emotional attachments.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith remains to be my favorite of the prequels due to its pure iconic scenes it provides and how it sets the stage for the original trilogy. I am excited to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Thursday but in the meantime, I will give Episode 3 a 7/10 rating.

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