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Star Wars Episode 3 : Revenge of the Sith (2 Disc Edition) [2005] - 4.98

Ending the most popular film epic in history, Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith is an exciting, uneven, but ultimately satisfying journey. Picking up the action from Episode II, Attack of the Clones as well as the animated Clone Wars series, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), pursue General Grievous into space after the droid has kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). It's just the latest manoeuvre in the on-going Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatist forces led by former Jedi turned Sith Lord Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). On another front, Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) leads the Republic's clone troops against a droid attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. All this is in the first half of Episode III, which feels a lot like Episodes I and II. That means spectacular scenery, dazzling dogfights in space, a new fearsome villain (the CGI-created Grievous can't match up to either Darth Maul or the original Darth Vader, though), lightsaber duels, groan-worthy romantic dialogue, goofy humor (but at least it's left to the droids instead of Jar-Jar Binks), and hordes of faceless clone troopers fighting hordes of faceless battle droids.

But then it all changes.

After setting up characters and situations for the first two and a half movies, Episode III finally comes to life. The Sith Lord in hiding unleashes his long-simmering plot to take over the Republic, and an integral part of that plan is to turn Anakin away from the Jedi and toward the Dark Side of the Force. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you know that Anakin will transform into the dreaded Darth Vader and face an ultimate showdown with his mentor, but that doesn't matter. In fact, a great part of the fun is knowing where things will wind up but finding out how they'll get there. The end of this prequel trilogy also should inspire fans to want to see the original movies again, but this time not out of frustration at the new ones. Rather, because Episode III is a beginning as well as an end, it will trigger fond memories as it ties up threads to the originals in tidy little ways. But best of all, it seems like for the first time we actually care about what happens and who it happens to.

Episode III is easily the best of the new trilogy--OK, so that's not saying much, but it might even jockey for third place among the six Star Wars films. It's also the first one to be rated PG-13 for the intense battles and darker plot. It was probably impossible to live up to the decades' worth of pent-up hype George Lucas faced for the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and he tried to lower it with the first two movies), but Episode III makes us once again glad to be "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com

Customer reviews (av rating: 3.5):

Rating: 2:
Rushed film in a blatant money making scheme : Although I enjoyed the first of the 'new' Star Wars film, Episode 1, this movie proves what an obvious money making attempt George Lucas is creating. So ok - its unfinished business, as he reveals many times in the 'Making of..' featurettes for the old Star Wars films, that he originally had all 6 episodes planned, but only filmed the last 3 to draw up the saga better. However, over 20 years later, this does not justify replacing the quality of stages, props, and film-making, to rush a film plagued with CGI (computer) and a hyped up moment.. Anakan Skywalker becoming Darth Vader. That was likely to be the most disappointing part.
I'm no old hat, or can't accept modern changes - i'm 18, and have to have an mp3 player wherever I go! But the sheer quality of the originals should have been comprised by what has been, a poor and rushed attempt at cashing in further. The film itself is rather bland - nothing to exciting or enticing, and at times does feel way to un-real (not that Luke Skywalker falling of that sky-scaper ledge at the end of Empire Strikes Back, towards the end was convincing...) As I said previously, the main talking point was how did Anakan become Vader? Where did the fuss come from? I really fail to see where, because it was hyped up terribly.
But then again, this is what these 3 new films have been leading to. One moment! And all the rest? Just filling up space.
If the film was indeed exciting enough or memorable, I would comment further on those scenes. However, since its so bland, I don't see the point - i'll try not to complicate matters and just stick with the originals.

Rating: 5:
The last and best of the prequals : Film - ***** - Revenge of the Sith is the third prequal and last of the Star Wars movies to be made. Carrying on shortly after Episode 2, ROTS see's the climax of all the threads built in the previous two.

ROTS has the most action, the best story and the actors at last seem to really get 'Star Wars' acting.

This film is for anyone who likes the originals or the prequals. If you've sat through Episodes 1 & 2 and hated them, get some common sense and do yourself a favour, don't get this, you won't like it. Personally, I love it.

Extras - **** - A documentary showing exactly how many people are involved in the making of a Star Wars movie is the centerpiece. It is somewhat succesful, but I would have prefered a documentary a la Episode 1.

Rating: 2:
Is it just me! : Is it just me or is the moment when Annakin kill's all the children unjustified, in what is after all a potboiler .The death of children in cinema should be used sparingly, when needing to make a real point (see Schindler's List ).Not to justify a badly concieved character's change of direction.In term's of the movie itself it does not convince, one minute he's ok the next he's murdering infant's ,pathetic George pathetic.

Rating: 4:
Starwars : A good Buy, Really good film to switch the lights off turn the sound up and enjoy

Rating: 2:
NOT BAD !!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWFULL : A terribly pathetic attempt to continue the saga, I think a little more time on the drawing board may have conceived a much better finale than we have been treated to. A man of G L`s talent should have done more justice to the brilliant story line that he had originally created.
Still nobody can get it right every time and the true die hards will watch it over and over even if it is crap.

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