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Posted at June 29, 2020
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Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith (2005) Review

Incredible and heart-pounding to the very end.

 

Incredible and heart-pounding to the very end, this tragic, gripping, visually startling tale of how Anakin Skywalker finally succumbs to the dark side is chronicled and could not have been better. It improves upon the first two prequels where there was little characterization and too much Jar-Jar Binks. This prequel atones for the mistakes of its predecessors and expands on character development. Critics were skeptical but the movie came out with its head held high. George Lucas you have done it again, making science-fiction movie magic.

 

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two young Jedi, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan Mcgregor)  plan to infiltrate General Grievous’s embargo ship to save Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Much time later, Skywalker finds out that his wife Padme (Natalie Portman) is pregnant. Growing weary of what to do, becomes paranoid and, as a result, is threatened and seduced by the dark side of the force.

 

This “Star Wars” epic finally brings the series to a close–until the first of the sequels came out in December 2015. The film is so emotionally stirring as it tugs at the heartstrings. It is still unclear why everybody has beef with Hayden Christensen and, for that matter, I have no idea why he has won two Golden Raspberry awards for worst actor. I thought that his performance as the young Darth Vader was both compelling and terrifying, especially when the camera focuses on those big, yellow, piercing eyes. The rest of the cast is as impeccable, as he, live-action part of the cast, that is. Not only is this more gripping than it’s predecessors but it is also more energetic than the original “Star Wars” films with fast-paced battles and more intimidating villains such as Grievous, who proves far more superior than Darth Maul. Nevertheless, Maul proves to be a formidable opponent. So all that is left to say is thank you George Lucas for making science fiction magic happen.

 

4 ½ out of 5 stars

 

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