Saturday, January 25, 2014
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) review
This final addition to the Star Wars saga is a definite crowd-pleaser for all fans of the franchise. The action, story, and emotion is fully driven so that it sucks you in very easily. It doesn't reach the emotional heights of the classics, but it ties the whole story in together.
PLOT:Since the last battle on Geonosis, the clone wars have only gotten more intense. The droid army, under the control of Count Dooku (Christopher Lloyd) and the half-droid, half-alien, General Grievous (Matthew Wood), has gotten more of a threat with new technologies forming often. After Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is kidnapped by the droid army, fully-grown Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and wise Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) must rescure him from the hands from evil. However, once this is done, the remaining Sith threats must be hunted down and destroyed by the Jedi. Obi-Wan is sent to track down General Grievous on planet Utapau, while Anakin stays on Coruscant to keep the Chancellor safe and protect his pregnant wife, Senator Padme (Natalie Portman), who he's been having bad dreams about. The war is looking up until Anakin starts finding out important information about his wife's fate and the Chancellor's excessive knowledge of the dark side. Little does everyone know that an evil plan is unfolding to the Sith Lord's liking that could be the end of the Jedi. It's a great plot executed excellently.
ACTING:The performances in this Star Wars were excellent as well. Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen played off each other's dialogue perfectly, playing a top-notch job of Anakin and Obi-Wan. The best performances aside from our two leads would have to be from Natalie Portman as Padme, Ian McDiarmid as Chancellor Palpatine, Frank Oz as Yoda, and Matthew Wood as General Grievous. These performances were some of the best in the movie aside from the main duo. I was really convinced, drawn in, and linked with the emotions the actors succeeded at creating. There really wasn't a bad performance throughout the whole movie. The minor characters I have to give a mention to would be Temuera Morrison as Commander Cody and Amy Allen as Aayla Secura.
SCORE:The score in this Star Wars is one of the best out of the new ones. Every track was either greatly reminiscent of the original Star Wars films or a new, epic theme to capture the emotion greatly, as did the track, "Battle of the Heroes". I have to give credit to John Williams for taking this film franchise and making the music from it so memorable and so good.
EFFECTS:The effects in this Star Wars had to have been the best effects of all of the prequels. The planets looked more realistically detailed, the battles looked more smooth and epic, the lightsaber combat seemed way more realistic, and the newer alien creatures and Jedi, such as General Grievous, looked cooler and more futuristic. The effects in here must have taken a long time to do, for everything is either beyond our time or unreal. I give credit for the effects team for making this movie so out there.
OTHER CONTENT:This Star Wars is definitely the one to end it all. Compared to its two predecessors, this one has little to no major flaws in its production. The action is lively and exciting, the story is focused on more, and the emotional impact in this one is more enhanced and serious than that of its predecessors. George Lucas really decided to buckle down with the making of this epic Star Wars conclusion. The heights of this Star Wars prequel conclusion may not reach the heights of the original trilogy in iconic imagery and classic-style film-making, but this Star Wars does its job to entertain all audiences.
OVERALL,an awesome Star Wars with and great plot, excellent performances, epic score, realistic and futuristic effects, exciting action, a more focused story, and a larger emotional impact, however, this one had yet to reach the heights of the original trilogy in film-making skill.