Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) REVISITED

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Part III of VIII of My “Skywalker” Binge

Wow, CGI drastically improved in the course of only three years. Thank! 

Just from observing the opening scene of Revenge of the Sith, it was clear that Lucasfilm studios and George Lucas’s devoted counterparts wanted to make a film that didn’t completely abandon the prequels contrasting vibes to the original saga, but that, at the very least, would primarily be a more mature and productive take for the Skywalker legacy. Hallelujah. 

So it would appear that the writing in Revenge of the Sith is regrettably iffy, the romantic dialogue is still horrid, most of the acting is questionable, the green screen effects remain to look blatantly obvious, the choreography is sometimes hilariously birdbrained, and Anakin’s progression into joining the dark side seems unearned and ludicrous. Now, with that being said, everything else about Revenge of the Sith is pretty solid—especially for an ORIGINAL Star Wars movie. The main factor that wins over my respect for this third prequel entry is the fact that its story is unparallel to anything of the original saga or its two previous predecessors. It stands so well on its own rights and legitimately adds something worthwhile to this elongated franchise.

The sequence where Anakin surgically becomes Darth Vader (minus the “NOOOO”) and Padme gives birth to Luke and Leia features some of, if not, the best editing in all of Star Wars history. It’s chilling. Order 66 will also go down as an absolutely iconic and quintessential moment in the Star Wars saga. Plus, good memes came out of that “high ground” battle. 

Revenge of the Sith I’d securely classify as one of those movies that had the potential to be something greater than expected, something spectacular. Be that may be the case, at least it’s “good.” And heavens knows I’d take “good” over The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones any-day.

Verdict: B-

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“Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” is now available to stream on Disney+.

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