A review by Callum (Wollongong Library Youth Officer)
Directed by George Lucas
Episode III of the Star Wars saga picks up three years after the Clone Wars began. When Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker rescue Chancellor Palpatine from General Grievous, the commander of the droid armies their plan fails as the commander escapes. With suspicions raised within the Jedi Council towards Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin begins to lose his trust in the Jedi Council.
Although no one else may want to admit it, I am still convinced that Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars movie of the entire saga. Yes there are problems; terrible dialogue and bad acting. Yet despite this it’s actually a decent film with
I believe that the plot is the best thing about the film. When you look past the poor directing and weak characters you can see that the films saving point is its plot. The underlying story is of a man who wants to believe that what he is fighting for is right. But as people turn against him, underestimate him and treat him like a child, he can’t help but fall to the powers he had sworn to defeat.
Personally I always found myself empathising with Anakin because his character arc is understandable. This was the movie that first showed why Anakin fell to the dark side. Although I do admit that Hayden Christensen’s performance of Anakin wasn’t good, he still manages to give an emotional performance.
Another big win factor in this film is the action sequences. The action sequences improved since the original trilogy with some of the best fight scenes in the whole saga found in Revenge of the Sith. For me the stand out scene of the movie was the final battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi.
Then there’s the film’s scoring (music). I truly believe that John Williams outdid himself with Revenge of the Sith, as it has the best score in film history. It really makes Star Wars feel like a space opera. The score adds another layer of emotional depth that George Lucas couldn’t achieve with his writing. One of my favourite scenes was when Anakin storms the Jedi temple with an army of clones at his back. This scene is accompanied by heavy brass instruments and the sounds of boots marching on the ground. John Williams is such a master of his art, and this film proves it.
For me, this truly is the best Star Wars film. Without this film (or the prequel trilogy in general) we would never have experienced this expansive world and we’d never have seen other great story building shows such as The Clone Wars (2003), The Clone Wars (2008-2015) and Star Wars Rebels (2014-present), which have also contributed so much to the universe.
I would highly recommend Revenge of the Sith to any Science-Fiction fan. For Star Wars fans, give this film a second go!
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