By Kieran Webber
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDiarmid
Okay, so far into this Trilogy Star Wars has had a shaky ride especially after Attack Of The Clones the soulless, CGI riddled nightmare. With this in mind many people looked to Revenge Of The Sith with much anticipation, doubt and worry and for good bloody reason.
As is the theme for this whole trilogy there is much to be liked about Revenge Of The Sith and much to be detested, although a lot less than than the previous two. I felt that this film concluded the trilogy in a way that made up for the shit show we had to put up with and introduced the Empire and Darth Vader in a pretty pleasing way although it takes time for the film to find its legs.
The opening scene throws you into a whirlwind of excitement as a full on space battle is unveiled, massive space cruisers broadsiding another, intense explosions and of course the high pitched screech of fighter ships blasters. However, it isn’t long before we encounter our first niggle. The separatists droids vocals have been replaced with this weirdly childish and ‘charismatic’ tone, it is a minor annoyance and clearly implemented to attract and please their younger audience but when was Star Wars a child’s film? A minor irritation I know, but it destroys the atmosphere of the film and the scene. I mean they are fighting above the republic capital attempting to rescue their senator, it deserves a way more intense and foreboding atmosphere than that was delivered. Especially as it is a pivotal point in Anakins story, which leads me to my next point.
This lightsabre battle is arguably one of the most important ones in the trilogy for several reasons, one of them being that it is the first fight witnessed by Palpatine as well as the first moment he begins to control Anikin, another is that it is the beginning of his path down the dark side. Yet the whole fight feels empty and unemotional. This unfortunately is a theme through the whole film and is felt often, the fight scene between Mace Windu and the Palpatine is actually painful to watch. Also not to mention how awfully edited that scene is, it looks like the Hillary Clinton and Ken Bone dance off video that was trending across Facebook.
The only time the film is actually filled with emotion is the battle between Obi Wan and Anakin (Or Darth Vader as he is known at this point), this battle and scene is filled with passion and anger. Although the fight borders on the ridiculous at times it is an epic closing to the story of the two. It felt like we waited two films to finally see Ewan McGregor show us just how good an actor he is.
As a whole Revenge Of The Sith does a good job closing the gap between the old and new trilogy and showcases a lot of the elements of what makes Star Wars so special. However, it still continues down the road of disappointment due to its poor script and overuse of CGI.