People always praise the original Star Wars movies (episodes 4-6) and they always hate on the prequels (episodes 1-3). Okay okay, episodes one and two weren’t really that good BUT Revenge of the Sith is actually pretty good. Revenge of the Sith is an epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.
Let’s start off with a question everybody on the Youtube comment section asks: Why do people hate this movie? Because it is popular to hate it. If you say that you like it, you will be buried by the internet.
But is it the greatest movie ever? No. Some acting is pretty wooden, some of the dialogue is clunky and the movie rushes through the emotional scenes. Revenge of the Sith’s premise is that there is a war going on between the Galactic Republic and the Confederate of Independent States. The Republic has a clone army while the CIS has a droid army. The Jedi are on the Republic’s side and the evil Sith are on the CIS’ side. They both can control the Force, an unseen force which connects the universes together. Which is a fancy way of saying that they can levitate objects, choke people and shoot lightning from their hands.
The film follows the path of Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, a young Jedi prophesied to destroy the evil Sith and bring order and justice back to the galaxy. Anakins fall is actually quite tragic: He tries to do good but he realises that in order to save his wife, Padme Amidala, played by Natalie Portman, from dying in child birth, he needs to turn to the Dark side and commit acts of terror. All while the evil mastermind behind the scenes, chancellor Palpatine, played my Ian McDiarmid tries to turn Anakin into the Dark side. Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, Anakins mentor and best friend tries to keep Anakin on the Light side, keeping Anakin torn between good and evil.
The premise is actually pretty good and makes you think: Would you be able to kill innocent people to save people you care about the most? Without giving too much away, the turning point is the scene where Anakin needs to choose between the Light and the Dark side. Go see it for yourself. I don’t want to spoil it.
The film is mostly set on three different locations: an unnamed city on Utapau, on a frontline battle on Kashyyk, the capital of the Galactic Republic and in a mineshaft on Mustafar.
Revenge of the Sith targets two audience groups: The fans of the original trilogy, which came out in 1977-1983 and newer audiences. So the film had to appeal to people ranging from their 60’s to young children. But from the very dark tone of the movie, you can see that this movie was made for adults. Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker was… eh. He was wooden at times but his body language was okay. He gets a pass. Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala is okay too. She dosen’t really do much or say anything really important during most of the movie but she gets a pass too. She dosen’t say anything bad or stupid so I guess it was fine. Ewan McGregor does a good job as Obi-Wan Kenobi but the ultimate star of the movie, the man behind the scenes has to be Ian McDiarmid who does a fantastic job as chancellor Palpatine. He is so manipulative and you can see the darkness in his eyes. He is my favorite character in the entire trilogy.
I think that this is a fantastic movie. The action is great, the movie is great, the supporting cast is great, the special effects are great. Basically everything that you can see on the screen is great but not everything that you can hear is great. George Lucas has admitted that he wasn’t really good at directing humans. Everything you can see was approved by Lucas and it looks great but his directing and writing can be off at times.
Toward the end, I started to feel bad for Anakin, which is exactly the thing I needed to feel. He loses everything in his life which he tried to keep: His wife, his health and his friends. I recommend this movie. Despite a few rocks on the road, it is an enjoyable experience. If you decide to see it, you will be surprised how good it actually is. I give it solid four stars out of five. Even though I criticised the directing and writing, there is just so much great things about the movie and so many great scenes that I feel bad giving it just two or three stars.
(This was also my school project. Hoping to get a good grade!)
Edit 27.5.2017: The grading for this project was +, ++ and +++. (+++ being the highest grade). I got +++!