Revenge of the Sith

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Revenge of the Sith
Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

The wait is finally over for this Star Wars fan, a journey that began in 1977 with Star Wars: A New Hope and ended yesterday with Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I have to admit, I felt a little sadness as the credits rolled down the screen and I realized that this was it for me. Sad, even moreso, because Revenge of the Sith leaves you wanting more. I've heard the scuttlebutt about George Lucas doing a Star Wars television show, and that might be sufficient, I suppose. But really, we can only wish for episodes 7-9. Lucas has said this will not happen.

Revenge of the Sith is the final chapter in this three-part series that has told us the demise of Anakin Skywalker from "the chosen one", the one who will bring balance to the Force, to the evil Darth Vader. The movie starts with Obi-Wan and Anakin chasing a robotic bad guy named General Grievous around the galaxy and it ends with that fateful lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. There's a lot that goes on in between, some of which I will touch on, but I'm not one to play the role of spoiler, especially for a Star Wars movie.

With that being said, I will tell you, Star Wars fans, that you will not be disappointed by Revenge of the Sith. The first hour or so is okay. It has a lot of what fans of Episodes I and II came to dislike about those movies. There's some bad acting, bad dialogue, a whole lot of CGI and scenes where there is not a whole lot going on. But once Palpatine manages to get the ear of Anakin Skywalker, the movie takes a turn and it's a turn for the good. Anakin's faith in the Jedi begins to deteriorate and he begins to take the path to the Dark Side and the last half of the movie is one hell of a rollercoaster ride full of lightsaber battles, Wookiees, kick-ass Yoda moments, the fall of the Jedi and finally, Darth Vader. The last hour of Revenge of the Sith is great. Hayden Christianson is great. Yoda is great. Palpatine is great. Obi-Wan's "you were the chosen one" speech is great. The lightsaber battles are outstanding.

I cannot say enough about those final scenes. But that is all I will say for now. Star Wars fans, worry not about Revenge of the Sith. (Wow, I'm starting to sound like Yoda!) It is far and away the best of the last three movies. But how could it not be? The Obi-Wan/Anakin lightsaber fight may be the best fight yet. Fans will want to see it again and again. It's just sad that it's all over. Really, it is sad.

P.S. A couple of things to look out for - George Lucas makes a cameo appearance in a scene at the opera as the blue-faced Baron Papanoida and Lucas' son Jett plays the Jedi Zett Jukassa. Jar Jar Binks also makes a brief appearance but many will be happy to know that it is very brief.

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