Revenge of the Sith

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Revenge of the Sith
Review (9/10)
(By Tak Yamashita)

OK Let's start by saying that I am a Star Wars fan. Always have and always will be. Having said that I will try and give as fair an assessment of the last Star Wars movie (?) ever put to film (or digital film as the case may be).

For those few who don't know EP3, takes place approximately 3 years after the end of Attack of the Clones. The Clone Wars is nearing its climax and in a bold strike the separatists have kidnapped the Chancellor in a daring move to turn the tide of the war in their favour. It's up to the two heroes ? Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker ? to rescue Palpatine from the grips of General Grievous ? a previously unmentioned ? leader of the separatists.

Bear with me because I'm going to try and review this movie on three levels ? as a stand alone movie; as the ending of the prequel trilogy (as it's called these days) and as a member of the 6-part opus that is the Star Wars universe.

As a stand-alone movie

As a stand-alone movie, this movie is not without its flaws. Many of its strengths are clearly evident: breathtaking specials effects that are well integrated into the film as a whole (with exception of the opening sequence, which I'll get to later); absolutely imaginative worlds with such painstaking focus on detail that one cannot help but admire the effort; a great job by Ian McDiarmid in creating a villain we can all hate; wonderfully Operatic music that balances the thrill of adventure with a sense of melancholy; and thrilling battles that are topped by an absolutely fantastic climax.

On the flip side, some of the films weaknesses are also quite evident: some (and I repeat, some) flat acting; characters that seem to come out of nowhere (ala General Grievous); and a few story flow problems mainly due to a somewhat overly complex plot.

Overall however the strengths far out number the weaknesses and if we were to take the movie as part of an overall series, many of those weaknesses become less so.

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