Last night I finally saw Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with a mate of mine in Llandudno. Whilst good, there’s one thing that niggled me all the way through that kept it from being stunning, but first the good stuff.
This film was quintessentially Star Wars, and felt more classic Star Wars than both The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones put together. I know those two had to exist to set up this one, but they were boring, as they were both largely a build up to a big battle. Five minutes in, boom, boom, boom. We’ve got a battle, and a good one at that.
It was emotional too (though, to be fair, I was grinning at the beginning when it said “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”), there was one moment, after Anakin becomes Darth Vader, when you just think “He can’t do that, can he? That’s mean!” (those who’ve seen it will know what you mean).
The ending was good (I’ll talk more about this later). It just tied it up nicely, and – whilst not a happy ending – I felt it tied it up in such a way that wasn’t TOO bad.
But there was one huge underlying problem, which is not the film’s fault, but what it will always be remembered for (in at least my own mind).
You knew exactly what happenned. You knew who was going to turn evil, who wasn’t, who’d live and who’d die. Okay, certain intracacies (such as Darth’s suit, and why Yoda and Obi-Wan are separated) are nice to know, but you when Obi-Wan said “She’s given birth to twins”, you saw that coming. This really knocked the movie down a few notches. It was such a shame, yet necessary. At times I did feel I just wanted Anakin to turn evil, because as soon as he did, it did feel more like a Star Wars film (hard to explain I know).
I suppose in hindsight it would of made the first three better, as it would of been so cool to see the words “Luke, I am your father” the first time around, in the cinema.
Overall, both as part of the sequence of films and individually, it was a great film. Well worth watching (and yes, even you S )