Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ★★★★

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Revenge of the Sith is the best entry of the prequels even if I may be a bit biased because it's the first Star Wars movie that I got the chance to see on the big screen in Cinemas. The film itself is not without its problems again though and they mostly fall down to Anakin's storyline, which again feels forced and unrealistic as he turns evil so quickly and with so little development, it kind of undermines how great Vader was an antagonist in the originals if this was his backstory after all.

This isn't helped of course by Christensen's performance as well as the fact that Natalie Portman's Padme, a bright spot in the first two movies, is utterly wasted here as she goes from a badass warrior Queen into somebody who just mopes around all day whilst pregnant. The writers could have gone with a more convincing storyline for Anakin to turn evil as well and seriously, it's known as "The Dark Side of the Force". Ever occur to you that it's called that for a reason?

There are however some good parts of this movie aside from the dialogue, the aging CGI and Anakin/Padme's storyline, as well as the return of Midichlorians. The film starts promising with an exciting action packed space battle, and features more involvement from Ian McDiarmid than before and he really shines as one of the best casting choices here, playing the long game. The fall of the Jedi and Order 66 is executed so well that we care about all of the Jedi in an emotional sequence even though we haven't known them for very long and we could have done with more time spent with them individually. Also it's kind of hard to believe that they all went down so easily, and more time should have been spent with Order 66.

Revenge of the Sith's biggest problem though is that it feels rushed and it's trying frantically to set everything together for A New Hope. The Anakin/Obi-Wan duel is another high-point of the original trilogy however and Obi-Wan vs General Grevious was also awesome, and something that I really enjoyed. The humour also works pretty well here as well which is something that has been enjoyable throughout most of the trilogy apart from where Jar-Jar Binks is concerned. And whisper it quietly, but even Hayden Christensen's performance may have been better in this one than the last one even if somebody like Michael Fassbender would have been ideal for this role had the movies been remade now.

Of course John Williams' score is epic, it always is. And Yoda vs. Darth Sidious, especially when intercut with Obi-Wan vs. Anakin, represents the awesome high-point of everything that the series has been building towards. It's an incredible, climatic conclusion that really, really works.

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