Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz, Kenny Baker, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Jimmy Smits, Christopher Lee, Hayden Christensen

Directed by: George Lucas

Produced by: Lucasfilm, Ltd.

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Genre: science fiction

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Review by Xibo Date seen: June 9, 2005
Viewing Location: AMC Empire 25, 42nd St., NYC Grade: B+
Summary: A great bridge from new to old.
One of my biggest complaints of episodes one and two was that many of the ships looked to "futuristic" and sleek, totally unlike the first three movies. It just didn't match. Fortunately in this movie, the ships were much more in the same style as the older movies. Plus, it was exciting to see the many worlds of the Star Wars universe.

Unfortunately, there still many faults. Portman and Christensen can't act, and the whole script of Anakin turning to the dark side seems specious at best. Another problem is that there's so much in the movie, it's really packed, and a lot of time is wasted on Portman's and Christensen's scenes. Since they can't act and were given a bad script, they should have been edited down to make room for more battle scenes. As it was, there were a ton of battle scenes, but many of these were quick, just zipping by. So much to do! Rescue Palpatine, take care of General Grievous, take care of Count Dooku, turn Anakin to the dark side, Anakin turning to Darth Vader, Palpatine seizing control of the republic, the death of the jedi knights... like I said, there's a LOT to do there!

Ewan McGregor is excellent as Kenobi, he really saves the whole film single-handedly. Jimmy Smits sleep-walks through his lines. Thankfully we don't have to deal with Jar-Jar. There's whole lot of Yoda, and after a while you find yourself asking, "Does he HAVE to talk like that?"

Anyway, it's a must-see for any Star Wars fan.  

Review by Jigen Date seen: June 12, 2005
Viewing Location: Bellinghham, WA - average theater Grade: C
Summary: The final turn in Lucas' turn to the dark side
It's incredible that the years can take such a toll on a talented filmmaker that we end up with three, at best, very shaky films over six years. Also impressive that the mere hint of possible excellence can get movie goers to hand over their wallets. There is little to like in this film, but the filmmakers have successfully tuned down the hated elements from the previous two. Battle scenes are easier to follow by narrowing the scope, less "wacky" comedy (C3PO's head on another driod? Cue, rimshot!), and there are fewer groans for fans. But then again, Darth Vader as Frankenstein? Chewie, get us outta here. 

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