Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith


Revenge of the Sith is, what I consider to be, the least bad of the prequel films.

The lesser of three evils, if you will.

My opinion is probably based on the fact that I enjoy dark, adult-themed movies. Revenge of the Sith is definitely a step in that direction, although it does feel extremely contrived at times.

My biggest issue with this film is that Anakin’s (Hayden Christensen) turn to the Dark Side feels forced and unconvincing. I know that Lucas was attempting something meaningful when Anakin ended up being the death of Padme (Natalie Portman), but it just doesn’t work.

As with the previous two films, Revenge of the Sith is plagued with atrocious writing and horrible performances. Ian McDiarmid, who had previously been the constant bright spot in terms of acting, devolves into laughable overacting.

As I was beginning to write this review, I realized that I couldn’t remember a single thing about the first half of the film. I had just finished watching it. The plot with General Grievous was so uninteresting and dumb that my memory had decided to purge itself.

A coughing robot with functioning organs? What? I mean, Jar Jar Binks is still the worst character in the trilogy, but Grievous comes close.

Honestly, one of the things that bothers me most about the whole horrible prequel trilogy is the character of Padme. She’s a Queen and, later, a Senator… and yet she is written to be completely useless. She has no agency of her own. Her entire story is focused on her infatuation with Anakin. She can’t even survive childbirth, because she’s so heartbroken about him.

This from the same man who wrote the character of Leia Organa.

Really, George? Really?

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