Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel Jackson, Christopher Lee, and the voice of Frank Oz

Written and Directed by: George Lucas

This was it, this was what everyone had waited for.  Even if people hated Episode I and II they would come back for this one, finally watching Anakin’s fall.  I mentioned how one of Episode I’s problems was living up to the expectations.  This one was as tough if not tougher to live up to.

THE moment.

And George hit it out of the ballpark.

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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Lee

Written by: George Lucas and Jonathan Hales

Directed by: George Lucas

Attack of the Clones is the hardest of the saga to review. I recall that upon first viewing, it was almost unanimous that it was better than the childish Episode I. There was more action, more adventure, the acting had improved…well at least incrementally.

And of course there was MUCH less Jar Jar.

But interestingly enough, Attack of the Clones is the one that falls apart the most under repeat viewings.

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Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review

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Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, SamuelL. Jackson, Frank Oz, and Ian McDiarmid

Written and Directed by: George Lucas

The Phantom Menace. The most reviled film in quite a long time. A victim of unconquerable hype and some very poor choices, I wondered if after all this time, what would Episode I look like with a fresh set of eyes. I feel it is only right for me to preface this by saying I was never a basher of Episode I, nor was I staunch defender.  I was somewhere in the middle leaning towards defense if only because there was so much backlash.

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – Film Review

I think it’s safe to say that “Revenge of the Sith” is my favorite Star Wars film. There’s just something about the emotional journey of the film that I find particularly compelling. That, and the lightsaber duels. But the truth of the matters is that, while Revenge of the Sith is easily the best movie of the prequels, it is still a rather flawed film. And, in fact, those flaws are capable of taking the audience completely out of the emotional pull of the story. It’s unfortunate because, in many ways, Revenge of the Sith is both the most personal and most epic film of the saga. And with a little extra care – and perhaps a more objectively critical second opinion during the whole process – the result could have been a nearly perfect film. As it is, Revenge of the Sith is an impressive experience. One that I thoroughly enjoy. But I will always wonder about “what might have been.”

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Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones – Film Review

If “The Phantom Menace” was a competently (though not brilliantly) made juvenile film, then “Attack of the Clones” is a much more mature film that also happens to be carelessly constructed. From start to finish, it is clear the Attack of the Clones confronts issues and themes and conflicts that are much more engaging than those of The Phantom Menace. And the central story – ostensibly an homage to film noir – was an inspired choice. And of course this is a Star Wars film. Not only is it part of the larger Star Wars mythos, it also manages to add to that mythos. All the ingredients existed to create a story and a film that would have been truly exceptional. But the sad reality is that Attack of the Clones is a very poor example of filmmaking. From dialogue to pacing to acting to inconsistencies to sloppy editing to a mangled film score, almost nothing works as it should have.

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