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Final Chapter...I think..."Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" - CinemaDave

May. 22nd, 2005 12:16 pm Final Chapter...I think..."Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"

When "Star Wars" opened in 1977, I was the hero's age.
Twenty eight years later I am now as old as the film's primary
villain, Darth Vader. My Generation will be the only
generation that can share this kind of perspective of
the six "Star Wars" movies. Creator George Lucas
plans some marketing tricks involving releasing the
six "Star Wars" movies in chronological movies in 3 D
and IMAX in a few years. In one sense, the once maverick film maker
has become the corporate mogul that he once rebelled
against.

Obi Wan Kenobi (Ewan MacGregor) and Anakin Skywalker's
(Hayden Christensen) rescue mission open "Star Wars Episode III
Revenge of the Sith" Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is
being held hostage by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee)
and his mechanical henchman, General Grievous. Anakin
quickly dispatches Sith Apprentice Dooku, but Grievous
escapes into an outer world. Anakin and Obi Wan
return home as glorified heroes. Anakin learns that
his wife Padme (Natalie Portman) is pregnant.

Despite this major victory, the Republic is still in
danger. Palpatine has become increasingly paranoid
about the Jedi Council's intentions. Palpatine uses
Anakin as a double agent to spy upon Master Yoda
(Fully computerized character voiced by Frank Oz) and
Master Wendu (Samuel L. Jackson). When Obi Wan is
chosen to hunt down General Grievous, Anakin feels
jealous. Anakin's immaturity sets the stage for his
conversion into his alter ego, Darth Vader.

After hundreds of screen deaths involving impaling,
drowning and falling, Christopher Lee meets his most
pitiful demise in "Revenge of the Sith." As the once
and future emperor, Ian McDiarmid hams it up as the
cackling villain. A good actress in her youth,
Natalie Portman's performance as the doomed Padme
generated giggles from the audience. As young Darth
Vader, Hayden Christensen looks right and gives a good
physical performance, but his diction still needs some work.
Ewan MacGregor gives the best performance of the
movie. MacGregor underplays the tragic elements while
bringing a strong sense of bravado to his action
sequences, especially his duel with General Grievous.

Most mainstream critics seem enthralled with "Star
Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith." Instead of
feeling like an emotional goodbye, this last "Star
Wars" flick feels hollow. Given the predestination of
the film's plot, "Revenge of the Sith" is devoid of
any surprise. To disguise this flaw, the movie swiftly moves
from one set piece to another set piece. Given the
overwhelming battle sequences involving Yoda, Dooku
and Grievous, the long awaited showdown between Darth
Vader and Obi Wan becomes underwhelming.

Contemporary critics are comparing Emperor Palpatine
actions with that of our current President. Some critics have
noted the subliminal persuasion that Blue (Democrats) represent Jedi and Red
(Republicans) represent the Sith. It should be noted
that George Lucas began drafting his premise in 1972
during peace negotiations between Vietnam and the
United states. Actually Emperor Palapatine and his psychophants bear
an uncanny resemblance between Lyndon Baines Johnson and
the boot licking congress that authorized the Vietnam
War.

As a motion picture franchise catering to the youth, "Star Wars" can be commended for creating such
vast arguments, interpretations and introspection. Not all ticket buyers can repeat the
technical specifications of a X -Wing or a Tie Fighter Space ship, but they do walk away
with an opinion, good or bad. If he can stick to his word, George Lucas can walk away from the "Star Wars"
universe knowing that he told the story, albeit flawed, he wanted to tell.

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