Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith ★★★½

Gotta love when streaming automatically interrupts your film watch at the most critical moment to fast forward to the next Star Wars film, as StarWalker said best, “What?”

Anyway Revenge of the Sith is an evil convention. Not one, or two villains, but practically an armada of manipulative bloodsuckers playing political space roulette. But wait Palatine Story time: is this where Voldemort drops in and we learn Sauron’s a necromancer? — “You have no power here....Obi Wan Kenobi”(oops spoiler). The cycle of evil is threefold, a relentless never ending cycle. History repeats itself and this is only the beginning. Master trains apprentice. Apprentice becomes Master. Off with his head! Selflessness vs selfishness. Power vs powerlessness. Love vs Obsession. Fear vs Hatred. Wisdom vs Pride. Ego vs humility. Truth vs Lies. Good vs evil. A robot general totally high on himself: “You Fool. I have been trained in your Jedi Arts... by Count Dooku.”— yeah and where is he now? In the words of Obi Wan: “ So uncivilized.”

Revenge of the Sith isn’t perfect by a long shot, yet it’s much quicker paced, more thrilling, full of passion, heart, diabolical plotting, conflict, and heartbreaking turmoil. Plus some R2D2 iconic moments.....Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Unforgettable scores. Definitely darker, sadder, and more fulfilling than the first two and the best of the prequels. Even I’m conflicted about hating or loving Anakin’s turn to the dark side. Dark side or Jedi? Dark Side or Jedi?🤔

But seriously this has to be the most tragic villain turn in history. The power of love to give way to fear and blind hatred...and for fear to supplant goodness and corrupt the soul. So much pain. The boy did it for love, not some selfish vendetta. Not saying he was right, but I feel for Anakin on some level. Fear of losing someone makes you do illogical things. And Anakin’s story arc is so tragic because it’s relatable; it’s real pain. It’s human grief and loss. It’s anger at an unjust world and giving into despair. It’s desire to protect the ones you love at all costs.

An Epic gut wrenching mythology at its finest. Damn, just shows how love is a double edged sword. It can either make you the hero or turn you into the villain, if you let it.

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