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August 21, 2009

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
I know what you're probably saying - why in the world is this on my Top 100 list? You do have to admit that it's the best of the prequel trilogy. The actors certainly did the best they could with what they had to work with. It does have issues - besides the dialogue, there's the ridiculous character of General Greivous - maybe a droid, maybe not a droid, with asthma (huh?) - and the question of why did it take them 20 years to build the first Death Star? However, there are also some pretty good things. I think that the way they made up Ewan McGregor definitely makes it look like he could be a young Alec Guiness. Hayden Christiansen does a decent job making Anakin conflicted and sort of sympathic until he goes and starts slaughtering children (gutsy move on their part, by the way). The entire sequence of Order 66 is very sad and the final scene that echoes Luke's melancholy gaze into Tatooine's twin suns in Episode IV connects the two trilogies nicely. I do wonder, character-wise, why Obi-Wan doesn't just put Anakin out of his misery while they're on the lava planet. It would have been humane and also would have saved the galaxy a lot of trouble.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Also, Jimmy Smitts' line, "My wife and I have been talking about adopting a daughter" is one of the lamest lines in cinema history. Pretty awesome action scenes though. Apparently if you watch the Clone Wars tv show (the ones from several years ago that were 5-10 minutes per episode and were 2D animation) it explains Greivous'.....condition.