Wednesday, May 25, 2005

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

You can't have a redemption without a fall, and fall to the dark side of the force Anakin Skywalker did, and thus one of the better screen villans, Darth Vader, was created. It's about time the bad guys had a win.

Having been pretty let down by the first two episodes, I went into Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith with low expectations and came away happy enough. There was no childhood awe recaptured, but I wasn't disappointed.

The actors played second-fiddle to the CGI again, but for a change the bad guys had a chance to be really bad. Homocidally bad. Killin' kids bad. And all of that menace and murder had the better parts of John Williams' scores enhancing it; hints of the Imperial March and Emperor's Throne Room pieces play as Palpatine tempts Anakin. Very cool.

There was a cool, but all too short, space battle to kick off the action, but what I wanted to see were the transformations, and I wasn't disappointed in those. The disfiguring transformation of Senator Palpatine into the Emperor and Anakin's fall and rebirth were, in my opinion, suitably subtle. Likewise, I liked the scenes sending the twins to their guardians, and Yoda's parting instructions to Obi-Wan. I was hoping for a more violent memory-wipe for C3PO, a bit more explanation of how/why Yoda chose Dagobah for his exile and Lucas didn't even bother trying to write in a plausible reason as to why R2D2 had little rockets in the first episodes & not in the later ones.

Here's a tip George; next time forget all the CGI, make models again & make them look old & dirty. That's all I want to say.


Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Rated: M
Running Time: 140 min.
Where: Greater Union, Civic, ACT, Cinema 2, 18:30 session, 20 May 05.
Cinema condition: Good.
Audience Reaction: Good, Vocal.

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