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Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

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Well here it is folks – the final chapter in the Star Wars saga as well as my final review of the series.

By the time this one came out it had been six years since The Phantom Menace and three since Attack of the Clones. Both movies were met with a great deal of criticism. Fair or not – see my reviews of each one for a more detailed analysis – the first two films of the prequels were largely considered disappointments. I think people were ready to like anything by the time Revenge of the Sith came out. Personally, I think expectations were lowered. People didn’t want to dislike Star Wars anymore and forced themselves to like it (the reviews at Rotten Tomates are ridiculous, this movie is not that good).

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It appears that Lucas recognized some of the bigger complaints about the previous movie. Take Hayden Christensen’s acting for example. His performance and chemistry with Natalie Portman were a little better. It's still not great, but when watching this final chapter you will only find yourself rolling your eyes half the amount of times you did during Attack of the Clones. There was simply no chemistry between the two of them. It's better in this movie, but it's still not good.

While I’m on the subject of the actor’s performances, I have to once again compliment Ewan McGregor’s. It can’t be easy playing a character someone else made famous, but McGregor managed to make it look pretty damn convincing. His version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is admirable. He does an excellent job of portraying the character someone else made famous. The movie's story and writing isn't great, but he still does a decent job.

One performance I was very disappointed in. I am talking about none other than the Emperor himself, Ian McDiarmid. I have praised in the other movies, even the prequels! But there was just something off this time. It was as if he was doing a caricature of his own character. Once he revealed to the world who he really was, he became this parody of the character from the other movies (or even earlier in this movie). I felt like I was watching the Robot Chicken version of him.

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General Grevious was a character I was very skeptical about going into the movie. I was not crazy about him when I did finally see him. He added nothing of substance at all.

He also wasn’t so hot with a lightsaber either. In fact, he looked quite ridiculous. He had no grace at all. Yoda looked better than he did and he was a cartoon. He looked like a goofy, awkward old man. I don’t know how someone didn’t pick up on the fact that he looked so damn goofy and either substitute a stuntman or scrap the idea (of the Emperor with a lightsaber) all-together.

And while I’m on the Emperor, I just have to touch on the way he looks as well. The makeup was awful! How the hell does it look worse than it did in 1983’s Return of the Jedi?

They screwed up his character in this movie big time. I am assuming this falls on Lucas’ shoulders since McDiarmid was just fine in the other two prequels.

The movie concludes with the long-anticipated battle between Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. This fight was referenced dating all the way back to the original Star Wars. People have been dying to see this for years. Truth-be-told, it was kind of disappointing. Parts of it were ok, but I was sick of the over-the-top way the prequels did lightsaber fights. They tried to make each one bigger and grander. At times, they looked very choreographed. Aside from the fantastic fight in The Phantom Menace, I actually don't like any of the duels from the prequels. They were boring, anti-climatic, and simply looked fake in more ways than one.

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This movie is thought to be the best of the prequels, but personally I think The Phantom Menaceis the "best" of the bunch. It had the best fights, the most realistic sets - Lucas really went overboard with the CGI in the other two movies - felt like a Star Wars movie more than the other two to me.

You do have to wonder how much better they could have been if Lucas simply hired another director. Some of his more enjoyable work is all directed by other people. The man can write a fun story, but he needs to be reined in by a good director. He's also changed as a filmmaker. The passion is gone and he was obsessed with effects; which is evident by the fact that he feels the need to constantly change the original trilogy.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on May 19, 2011.