Movie Review #366: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

A fitting conclusion to the second Star Wars trilogy

It may not be perfect, but at the end of the day it did what it had to do – end the franchise the right way. In fact, I’d even argue it was more satisfying than Return of the Jedi. Am I over reacting? Possibly, but after being disappointed by The Phantom Menace, it’s hard not to sit through this movie with low expectations and be pleased that they at least made a good conclusion.

The third episode was just as good as Attack of the Clones, although it’s further helped by the inclusion of nostalgic elements Star Wars fans are completely aware of. This added emotional factor was the spark that was lacking in the new films. The plot is more straightforward to ensure that the last piece of the puzzle fits just right with the others. And with a pivotal character finally turning to the dark side, we see increased emotion and a better performance from Hayden Christensen. Anakin’s struggle is heartfelt and finally I could feel a heightened sense of importance in the story. Kudos as well to Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid – two very solid actors that delivered.

1, 2, and 3 could’ve been looked upon by everyone as inferior to the original three, but with this one bridging the gap it opened the idea of treating the franchise as one cohesive whole. It might have some rough spots and each film has its own strengths and weaknesses, but together it showcases a universe that nearly outmatches all others.

GRADE: B

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