Revenge of the Sith

Kevin Smith was right--this is the Star Wars prequel we've been waiting for. OK, so some of the dialogue--especially the parts involving Padme and Anakin's relationship--is pretty wooden. But, come on now, you aren't looking for a great love story in this movie. You're here to see Anakin become Darth Vader, and you won't be disappointed. Hayden Christenson got a lot of criticism for being too whiney in Attack of the Clones, but his portrayal of Anakin's fall is excellent. Of course, the real stars of this one are Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor. McDiarmid pushes the villain angle to its limits in every direction and never goes over the top. And as for McGregor, well, I don't mind telling you that the last scene between Obi-Wan and Anakin brought tears to my eyes. I don't know if I can honestly say that this is my favorite Star Wars movie--the original trilogy was just such a big part of my childhood--but I can say that Revenge of the Sith is, without doubt, the most powerful, intense, and moving film of the entire series.

Viewed: 5/20/2005 | Released: 5/18/2005 | Score: A

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