Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith

Name: Star Wars: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Sith
Year: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 140
Description: It is three years after the Clone Wars. The leader of the droid army, General Grievous, has captured Chancellor Palpatine on board his ship, the Invisible Hand. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker must fly through Coruscant safely, and enter the Invisible Hand so that they can rescue the captive Chancellor. Just when Palpatine is about to be released, Count Dooku shows up. Obi-Wan and Anakin both battle it out with him, but Obi-Wan ends up unconscious. Anakin slices off his head and kills him. Anakin carries Obi-Wan, and Palpatine follows him. They meet General Grievous face to face, and Anakin tries to fly the last half of the ship so that they can safely land on Coruscant. Later, Palpatine starts acting strangely, constantly manipulating Anakin into believing that the Jedi Council is against him. Eventually, it is found out that he is the Dark Lord of the Sith. Jedi Master Mace Windu fights him…
Stars: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

At first I thought it wasn’t going to be too great because the first twenty minutes or so was just more fighting and escaping, but then things got underway. I loved the scenes between Darth Sidious and Anakin (who was much better in this film, incidentally), how his love for Padme ultimately drove him to the dark side and, well, basically, the whole sequence of events that followed. Story-wise, this is definitely my favourite Star Wars film so far.

Score-wise, too. John Williams stunned me again as Anakin was killing the Jedi. Beautiful, beautiful music all around, not to mention the march/fanfare when Anakin was sent on his mission to destroy the Jedi.

Looking back, I have to say I prefer the prequels and I should have watched those first because so many things seem childishly simple or illogical when you start with the originals. At least the story is complete now: I know why Luke is special, why Leia is a Princess etc.


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