‘Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ Recap and Review

“This is where the fun begins.” After you’ve read our previous Star Wars reviews for Episode I and Episode II, on our lead up to ‘The Last Jedi’ I’m pleased to bring you a review of a good Star Wars movie. I have also chosen to give you a recap of the film, my thoughts will be placed throughout and will be in bold. Flowing the recap I will give my final thoughts, score of the film, and rankings of saga films.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ is a prequel (obviously) and for that it gets a bad reputation, it’s unfairly clumped up with ‘The Phantom Menace’ and ‘Attack of the Clones’ and a lot of fans just consider it a bad movie just because it’s a prequel. I understand that there was clunky dialogue, not the best acting, and just so many boring, dragging parts in the prequels, and for the sake of keeping myself sane and not starting a rant I won’t include Jar Jar in here. For the most part Episode III improved on all of these and delivers a fine film.

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We begin just as every other Star Wars film has “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” with an opening crawl set to John Williams amazing score of course. Our heroes Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi fighting through droid ships on a rescue mission to save Chancellor Palpatine. This is an extremely fun sequence to open the film with showing Anakin having fun, as he is the best pilot in the galaxy and his master, Obi-Wan, still hating flying.

After this we get some action but in true prequel fashion it drags just a little, not terribly, but George still had not fixed all of his problem. We narrowly avoided some more shit dialogue as this scene was almost included.

Once our dynamic duo finds the Chancellor, we are greeted to Count Dooku who defeated them in Episode II. A prideful Anakin, listens this time, him and Obi-Wan attack together. It’s clear Anakin has grown more powerful after Dooku pushes Obi-Wan away and traps him under a piece of fallen walkway, Anakin is able to defeat him and wishes to kill him, but knows he should not. Palpatine shows us here that he and Anakin have a history, revealing Anakin told him about murdering the sand people for killing his mother, with a swift “do it” from Palpatine, Anakin disobeys the Jedi teachings and kills Dooku, his fall to the dark side has begun.

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Anakin frees the Chancellor and carries Obi-Wan out the move to escape only to be captured by the evil General Grievous, a short battle ensues and Grievous escapes leaving the best pilot in the galaxy to land half of a burning ship on Coruscant. After a warm welcome back from politicians and fellow Jedi Anakin and Obi-Wan go their separate ways, this is when Padmae reveals to Anakin she is pregnant.

The opening really sets the tone for the movie, showing you it’ll be more fast paced than the previous two films but still will suffer from the dull moments, and will show us the downfall of Skywalker.

Anakin begins to have dreams of Padame dying in childbirth, much like the dreams he had of his mother before she died, he seeks comfort from Master Yoda, with Yoda telling him to be careful, as his emotions could lead him down a dark path. Then in a meeting with Palpatine he tell Anakin he is to be put on the Jedi Council as his personal representative. When Anakin presents this information to the council they grant him a seat on the council, but not the rank of master, this infuriates Anakin, along with the council refusing the request he go and find General Grievous, instead they appoint his master to. following a short talk with Obi-Wan after the meeting it’s revealed the council has a mission for Anakin, and that is to spy of his friend Palpatine.

Anakin finds the Chancellor enjoying an opera they have a conversation about a Sith Lord who was so powerful he could save others from death, Anakin asks him if it’s possible to learn this power, with Palpatine telling him “Not from a Jedi.”

The Jedi are beginning to split up, Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan all have one last conversation, where their doubts about Anakin come back, with Yoda even telling them the chosen one prophecy could have been misread.

This really progresses the story to where you can see Anakins faith in the Jedi is falling and with the news that he can become powerful enough to save Padmae from death his lust for power grows, only furthering his diversion from the Jedi Order, to the dark side of the force.

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Anakin once again goes to speak with Palpatine and this time, the Chancellor reveals his true colors as the Sith Lord, angered, Anakin draws his lightsaber on him and informs him he will be telling the council about the truth. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan has tracked General Grievous down and began his fight with him.

The Obi-Wan and General Grievous fight really is quite the scene, Lucas really nailed the battles in the movie. When Grievous pulls out his four lightsabers and slowly marches toward Obi-Wan, it’s truly one of the best scenes in Star Wars.

While all this is happening Master Yoda is assisting the clone troops and Wookies on the battle of Kashyyyk. This leaves Master Windu as the only main Jedi Master for Anakin to tell that Chancellor Palpatine is the Sith Lord. Windu tells Anakin he must stay at the temple and not help Windu capture Palpatine.

Of course in true prequel fashion we get another scene of nothing, that could have not been included. As Anakin follows Mace Windu’s orders and waits in the council chambers, there are cuts between him and Padmae both looking sad and starring out windows.

Another great fight takes place in the film here, just between Mace and Palpatine though. The fellow Jedi Mace brings with him to defeat Palpatine are easily killed. The two biggest problems I have with the scene, are Anakin telling Mace he can’t kill him because it’s not the Jedi way, like he didn’t just kill Count Dooku earlier in the film, and finally when Palpatine yells power in any way, with his terrible makeup that makes his face look like a legitimate butt.

At the end of this fight Anakin has pledged himself to the Sith Lord, and begins his assault on the Jedi Temple, killing even the younglings. At this time Palpatine also issues his famous Order 66. Anakin is then ordered to go to Mustafar to kill the Separatists leaders.

Obi-Wan and Yoda both survive the attack and board Senator Organa’s ship, the Senator is summoned back to Courasont for a special session of congress, only to announce that the Republic, will now become the first Galactic Empire. Yoda and Obi-Wan use this time to return to the temple to find out what happened and change the signal calling all Jedi to return, warning them what has happened. It is that this point Obi-Wan checks the security footage, and sees his friend and apprentice Anakin killing Jedi. Obi-Wan pleads with Yoda to let him go fight The Emperor, Yoda tells him he is not powerful enough so he must go face Anakin.

Order 66 is one of the more devastating scenes in the film, showing the demise of the Jedi Order and the slaughtering of younglings by Anakin truly is dark. When Obi-Wan sees it was Anakin that caused this, and begs Yoda to let him fight the Emperor instead, you can feel how torn up he is and how he’s truly come to love Anakin, it’s sad. Anakin’s attack on the Separatist, is such a good scene because you can just see how he has let the dark side consume him, he’s become Darth Vader, he is no longer Anakin in that moment. 

Using his feelings to find Anakin, Obi-Wan goes to speak with Padmae, he reveals what Anakin has done and figures out Anakin is the father to her children. In distress Padmae boards her ship to find Anakin, Obi-Wan hides aboard the ship so he can kill his former apprentice. She reaches Mustafar and is greeted by Anakin. Padmae tells him all the horrible things that Obi-Wan said and that he wants to help them. Anakin refuses this and goes into a rage when he sees his former master the top of the ships ramp, and begins to force choke his own wife.

This is where the movie begins to become really emotionally powerful, and drawing us in waiting to see how Anakin truly transforms into the metal shell of a man that he is in episodes, IV, V and VI.

Anakin and Obi-Wan then begin their fight, while this is happening Yoda also begins his with The Emperor.

There is going to be a lot of clips included right here so be ready.

 

The Anakin and Obi-Wan fight could possibly be the best scene in Star Wars. It’s so emotionally charged, visually stunning, and of course the score helps just propel the scene even further. The movie came out on my 8th birthday and I was lucky enough to be taken to it that same day by my father, imagine you’re an eight-year-old child and you see someone who you believe was a hero fight the man who trained him. Then that man deliver one of the most emotional scenes in all of film history, imagine how that would imprint on your life. It’s made me love this movie ever since.

Obi-Wan brings Padmae to Polis Massa, where he and Yoda are informed she is dying and the must work quickly to save her babies. In the delivery room she give Obi-Wan the children names, Luke, and Leia. She also tells him there is still good in Anakin, she knows there is, then, she passes. At this time Anakin has been saved by Palpatine and is being put into his suit to save his life.

It is decided that children must be hidden, Bail Organa offers to take Leia and raise her, as him and his wife have been trying for a child. Yoda tells Obi-Wan to take the boy to his family on Tatooine and watch over him, Yoda also has more training for him there, training that would allow him to came back after death.

So there we have it ‘Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ a movie that so many had low expectations for due to the two films before it, that somehow manages to lower all of the negatives of the prequel films and build on what makes Star Wars, Star Wars. It has its parts of slow dramatic scenes that weren’t needed and even its own stupid dialogue, but it works and it’s considered the best prequel for a reason. At heart it’s a Star Wars film, it makes you happy, sad, it moves you. The music as always is perfect and is a big reason these movies do that for people.

Most people don’t want to admit they like this movie due to the fact that it is a prequel, the world itself scares people of in the Star War fandom. I was lucky to be born at a time when these movies where coming out, I was young, and they helped capture my imagination, it built on my love for the original trilogy. As I’ve grown older of course I can see the many flaws of the prequels but I still love them because I’m a Star Wars fans and they’ll always have a place in my heart.

‘Revenge of the Sith’ is a fine movie and I’d watch it any day of the week it truly is a great film and with that I give it a 7.5/10.

As for my list of my favorites of the saga here it is.

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. The Force Awakens
  4. Revenge of the Sith
  5. Return of the Jedi
  6. Attack of the Clones
  7. The Phantom Menace

Collin Stetzner

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