In 2005, as it seemed at that time, the very last part of the Star Wars, which finally put all the points and explaining what was still unknown, maybe some of the fans of this epical film felt an easy melancholy - after all, it seemed like together with the III episode, which united prehistory with the original trilogy, the entire space era ended.
REVENGE OF THE SITH, like Episode II ATTACK OF THE CLONES, was more than planned, chronologically logical, and necessary. The script for the 3rd episode started to write while still filming ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and filming began next year after the episode II premiere. The REVENGE OF THE SITH itself was first seen by Cannes film festival viewers (the film was presented in a non-competitive program).
The technical wizardry, the special effects, the ear-buzzing sound, the mind-numbing action and those magnificent light-sabres are all there.
The legendary epic that director George Lucas created for almost 30 years ends. With the Star Wars, several generations grew up, fascinated by the impressive adventures in the endless galaxy, the creatures living on distant exotic planets, striking battles with giant spaceships and incredible special effects.
Creating a whole world where the eternal struggle for good and evil is taking place, as well as with us, George Lucas presents the last part of Star Wars: Episode III - REVENGE OF THE SITH.
Even before the start of filming, George Lucas said that the sixth and last part of Star Wars would be Titanic in space. Well, the characteristic is exhaustive in both films, the plot is based on the inevitable approach of the disaster, the causes, and details of which we are all well aware.
The third episode is also special because it is the only movie in the series of Star Wars that added age census of 13 years. The film was nominated for Oscar, not just for sound or video effects, as most of its predecessors, but for the best make-up.
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Three years after the beginning of the war, the separatists are fighting with the Republic. One of them - General Grievous (Matthew Wood) - kidnapped the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Jayden Christensen), along with Droid R2D2, are taking an impossible mission to save him from the intergalactic war.
But the task is not light, as the Chancellor is guarded by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee), who manages the light sword as well as the Jedi. Still, the mission succeeds and Jedi, together with Chancellor Palatine, successfully reaches Coruscant.
Here Anakin meets Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), who tells him important news, and the Jury Council decides what to do next. Anakin participates as a representative of Chancellor Palpatine and is very disappointed when was not promoted to masters.
Instead, to gather information, Anakin got an offer to go with Chancellor Palpatine with whom he soon becomes friends. At that time, when General Grievous escaped, he communicates with Lord Darth who says he will soon have a new student, younger and more powerful than his predecessor.
The dark side of Power is getting stronger.
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Even before watching the film, it is clear that REVENGE OF THE SITH is the last link in the Star Wars movie chain, linking prehistory with the events of the 4th episode and all that happened later.
The most important and, perhaps, the most intriguing thing - this section finally shows how one of the most iconic film characters of all time, Dart Vader (Gene Bryant), appeared in Star Wars.
In addition, the line of birth of the evil empire, started in the very first film, continues - the analogy with this motive, George Lucas chose the coming of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler to the power. On the other hand, it is a classic example and, unfortunately, not a single case in history - when looking for other analogs, it is worth remembering both Ancient Rome and Emperor Octavian Augustus, as well as France and Napoleon Bonaparte.
If these interfaces are more or less approved, a few other interfaces are flying among the epic fans. For example, many find a parallel between Darth Vader and Jesus Christ - and there is a basis for that. There were also those who saw the link between the US and Iraq war and the hidden arrows of criticism to US President George Bush's aggressive policy. Lucas denied this assumption in part because he was more affected by the Vietnam War (but, on the other hand, the director thought that US action in Iraq was not very different from what was done in Vietnam).
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Choosing the title of this paragraph has retained the tradition and continuity of maintaining the parallels with the original trilogy parts: A New Hope - The Phantom Menace; The Empire Strikes Back - The Attack of the Clone, Return of the Jedi - REVENGE OF THE SITH. In this case, it is worth remembering that the original title of episode VI was Revenge of the Jedi. True, when creating the new prehistory trilogy and especially the 3rd episode, something has been changed - unfortunately, these changes have led to logical errors in unified history.
REVENGE OF THE SITH, according to critics, is the strongest part of the prehistoric trilogy, and some people believe that it is overshadowed only by the fifth episode The Empire Strikes Back throughout the series. It would be difficult to argue with such an approach because the REVENGE OF THE SITH finally reveals what was lacking in episodes I and II, but it could be felt very well in the original trilogy. Dark and often ruthless episode III brings back to the hard-to-explain and describe mythical and philosophical medium of the Star Wars, which you may feel and not to name - something that is behind the screen and behind the film, but undoubtedly works.
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George Lucas built the last film of prehistory trilogy as a classic tragedy. This decision corresponds to the dark Gothic canvas, which was created by artists and cameramen, and the pathetic tense dialogues, and theatrical epic play of actors.
The plot is built on two conflicts. The first is the struggle of love and ambition in the soul of the protagonist. From the mouth of Anakin, we hear words about endless love, and he seeks to justify his actions by love. The second conflict is the struggle between duty and justice. The Jedi Council unexpectedly finds out that these two qualities are not the same thing. The Jedi make intrigues and, having lost the way, stepped into Darkness themselves.
The tragic plot is interrupted only by jokes, this time successful and non-stressing as well as links that explain all the remaining logical inconsistencies between the original and the new trilogy. Plots move one parallel to another, and all interconnect, interlacing in a braid. War is going on every centimeter of surface and outer space. There is also a political game.
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This episode reveals the most interesting period in the life of the central character of the saga, the most important riddle of its history - the transformation from the good guy Anakin Skywalker to the evil and ruthless Darth Vader.
Anakin's transition happened somehow too fast. Lucas could not evenly distribute the factors that determined the formation of the dark side in him into three films. As a result, it turned out that at some point he was still a kind guy, just confused in himself, and after a couple of hours he was ready to kill children.
While the Republic is beating in agony, Anakin Skywalker, a deft Jedi Knight and an ambitious student of Obi-Wan Kenobi, moves to the dark side of the Force. He does this with such obsessive enthusiasm that it is completely incomprehensible when he manages to quarrel with his wife. And he has time: Anakin noisy breaks up with Princess Padme, who is waiting for twins.
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Only now I was able to understand why Darth Vader is for many a favorite hero and the idol of teenagers. Because his fate causes compassion. He wanted only one thing - that his beloved would live, and as soon as he made a deal with the Lord of the Sith, putting everything at stake - he lost his beloved one. And not only. The whole empire collapsed, darkness captured the world, and he crossed the line, taking the side of evil. And all that remains for him now is cruel revenge, anger for the death of Amidala, for unfulfilled hopes, for the fact that now nothing can be fixed.
Anakin is a boy on whom the Order of the Jedi Knights places great hopes for saving the world. The ambitions of the young man correspond to his talents but not to his mind and experience: to save his beloved, he quite easily goes to the side of dark forces, and exactly this killed his beloved.
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Princess Padme in the first episode was a militant Amazon and a wise politician, and here she is straightforwardly all so naive and in love. But more and more I like Master Yoda - wise, with big sad eyes, and stilted speech.
Padmé : Anakin, all I want is your love.
Anakin Skywalker : Love won't save you, Padme. Only my new powers can do that!
Obi-Wan is a confident, classic Jedi sample. Everyone wants to imitate him; after all, he is a mentor of the selected one. He got the title of master, a member of the Jedi Council.
In addition to the main characters, viewers once again have the opportunity to see the master Yoda (Frank Oz), the droids R2d2, C-3PO, Count Dooku. On the screen, we no longer see Jars-Jar Bings.
And this part, unlike the other, is no longer present in new interesting and memorable characters - only a semi-insect, General Grievous who looks like semi-robot, which, by the way, is neither fun nor memorable. However, it is quite unexpected to see someone that has been on the screen in episodes IV-VI.
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The Technical Side
Technically, the third episode can also be considered the best and best-quality prehistoric trilogy film. Although the previous parts did not lack special effects, REVENGE OF THE SITH has an abundant number of them, and computer graphics are almost flawless (apart from one other casual case).
The level of special effects in REVENGE OF THE SITH can be described as follows: you have never seen anything like this and are unlikely to see it in the next year or two. Almost any frame can be turned into a huge poster and hung on the wall.
Panoramic shots are so great that you want to revise them several times because human perception is not ready for such a detailed picture and many things will go unnoticed after the first trip to the cinema.
A good camera work that conveys both dynamic changes in the physical position of characters (moving, falling, etc.), both futuristic landscapes, almost a post-apocalyptic environment, and the threat of rising power.
There are no big complaints about video and audio editing. The soundtrack is a kind of mix of what sounded in the second episode (the theme of Anakin and Padme) and what the original trilogy irretrievably added to our mind, so symbolically justifying the status of REVENGE OF THE SITH as a connecting part.
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However, any computer graphics is still impossible to replace live actors. And in the third episode, this was proven by Hayden Christensen, Ian MacDiarmid, and Ewan McGregor. It is on these three that the whole film holds: Anakin, Palpatine. and Obi-Wan. And of course, Princess Padme.
The characters of the personages throughout the film change and creators were able to show these changes very significantly.
I was amazed by the performance of Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker). He finally showed all his potential. He superbly played a man who switched to the dark side of the Force. Emotions, fights, diction (I watched the film in original, in English), the tear in the voice in the decisive scenes - all at the highest level. I enjoyed it a lot. You believe him and understand why he is confused, why he listened to Palpatine, why he betrayed the Jedi.
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Natalie Portman is really growing actress. She played the way she can. As no one else can. Natalie perfectly embodied the role of Padme, because of her suffering on the screen, my heart exploded.
Ewan MacGregor is a true Jedi. There is a huge contrast between the image in episode 1, where he is a hot and young student, and the image in episodes 2 and 3, where he is the wise and patient mentor of the young Anakin Skywalker. And all the images of the role Ewan embodied brilliantly!
The talented theater actor Ian MacDiarmid brilliantly mastered the role of Palpatine. If at the beginning of the film, Palpatine is still a kind uncle Chancellor, then in the finale - that same sinister Emperor from the Sixth episode. Two, it would seem, very different types of easily combined in one character.
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On A Final Note
STAR WARS: EPISODE III – REVENGE OF THE SITH is the last part of the prehistoric trilogy that combines the events of episodes I and II with the story of Episode IV (and following), thus creating a coherent mythology and philosophy of cosmic epic (or, in Mr. Lucas's words, soap opera of cosmic family).
The film does not lack action scenes decorated with a lot of special effects - both dangerous moving in infinite cosmic space and the battles of light swords - they are probably more waved in this part than in any other film in this epical trilogy.
The dark and gloomy Episode III finally discovers what the audience has missed from the original trilogy, responds to previously asked questions and puts everything in place.
Stars Wars essence stays the same. The great epic of all times and people, consisting trilogies, seems to be about the same thing, but in fact, everything is one. Each episode is unique in its own way, but at the same time inextricably linked with the rest. It is difficult to judge specifically about one REVENGE OF THE SITH, one way or another, the memory appeals to both the classic trilogy and the new trilogy.
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For me, episode III is the most beloved, the most hurting. So to say, it is a turning point in the saga; it is like a cruel revolution. I think that for Lukas it was the most morally difficult shootings, first, because the saga ends, and secondly, the viewer knows what will happen to each of the heroes in the future. Means it was necessary to conceive a sort of interesting, intense, tragic story the fall of the Republic and Anakin Skywalker. In my opinion, Lucas succeeded.
REVENGE OF THE SITH was really sad; there is more sadness, inevitability. Here we see how the old world collapses - the Republic and a new one appears - the Empire. Traditions are crumbling, and new rigid orders are emerging. This story is not only about the personal tragedies of Anakin, Padme, Obi-Wan, and Yoda; it is the tragedy of many, many of that distant galaxy.
George Lucas may have made the main film in his life. REVENGE OF THE SITH is a crown! It is the absolute peak of unattainable heights.
Obi-Wan : You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force... not leave it in darkness!
Anakin Skywalker : [shouts] I HATE YOU!
Obi-Wan : You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you!
My rating: 8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 80/100
Critics average: 66/100
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