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Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The third and final prequel to George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy (1977, 1980, 1983) is set three years after Attack of the Clones (2002) and sees Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) reveal himself to be Darth Sidious and have the Jedi killed in cold blood, as well as manipulating Anakin (Hayden Christensen) into joining the Sith, leading to Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) fighting his way through the Sith's army to get to Anakin and try to get him back on side, even if it means a fight to the death, while Padme (Natalie Portman) is pregnant with Anakin's twins.
First things first, the graphics, effects and mise-en-scene are at their best, most outstandingly stunning quality yet, with George Lucas's 'galaxy far, far away' being really visually impressive and engrossing to look at, thanks to the top-notch use of CGI, which also succeeds in making the battles, flight scenes and saber duels (especially the climactic one between Anakin and Obi-Wan over a boiling river of lava) more action packed, fast paced and exciting than a number of those featured in the original trilogy, and, unlike those in The Phantom Menace (1999) and Attack of the Clones, are well paced and consistently enjoyable and engrossing to watch. Surprisingly it didn't get nominated for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, making it the only Star Wars film so far not to.
Revenge of the Sith is also quite interesting for us big fans of the originals as it tells/completes the story of how Anakin became Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones); Luke (Aidan Barton) and Leia (also Barton) ended up orphaned, adopted and living on totally different planets; and why Obi-Wan and Yoda (Frank Oz) were forced to go into hiding nineteen years before the events of the original.
On the downside there are a couple too many action/battle sequences, which stops a number of characters from getting any real development. Generally the cast don't give don't give particularly good performances (though Christensen and McDiarmid make their characters cold, gripping and seriously psychopathic), and Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) are all greatly underused. Fortunately though, Jar Jar Binks (Ahmed Best) only appears for about a minute.
So, all in all, this is a good conclusion to the franchise despite its flaws, and all major questions relating to the originals are answered with clarity. It is definetly the best in the prequel trilogy, and despite its flaws, is definetly worth a viewing.
Stars: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Wood, Jimmy Smits, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Temuera Morrison, Silas Carson, Peter Mayhew, Christopher Lee.
Oscar nomination: Best Makeup (Dave Elsey, Nikki Gooley).