ISSUE #8 FEB 06

Chris Bond

Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith

13th June 2005
Movie Poster reviewer: Chris Bond
directed by: George Lucas
written by: George Lucas
starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen
genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
released: 16th May 2005

Nearly 40 years since we were first introduced and wowed by the ways of the force, the story is finally complete. It has been a rocky road for fans; where Episodes IV-VI enticed audiences with a grand vision, Episodes I-II offered more of a bad school kid's drawing. Does Episode III give fans the grand send off they feel it deserves, or has Lucas been using crayons again?

Unsurprisingly Episode III is better than its predecessors. This is the story that we really wanted to see; the downfall of the Jedi and the birth of Darth Vader. Visually, it is stunning, from the opening battle scene right through to the final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan. Lucas also manages to give his talented cast something to act with. Christensen and McGregor look comfortable in their roles, which makes the eventual break down between the two all the more better. McDiarmid especially manages to get the most out of his role playing the evil and conspiring chancellor. Throw in five lightsaber battles, and some dark, tense moments and fans everywhere will be feeling happy.

However, a problem remains and it is the same problem that has plagued every Star Wars film to date. George Lucas. There is no denying his grand vision and he is a fine producer, however, as always, his script and directing are poor. The directing and storytelling is improved, but then it should be. Episodes I and II were full of filler, Episode III is the story Lucas had been waiting to tell for years. Yet still problems remain; key scenes are sometimes rushed to advance the story and Grievous is underused. Throw in the age of problems of clunky and defunct dialogue with a few plot holes, and suddenly you begin to wander what all the fuss is about. These are problems we could forgive with Episodes IV-VI, where Lucasís grand vision was more than enough to sustain it. Now, nearly 40 years on, and after the problems faced with Episodes I and II, Lucasís failure to learn is disappointing.

For fans, this is probably as good a send off as they could have hoped and Lucas finally begins to paint the vision that Episodes IV-VI finish off. For those still reeling from Episodes I and II, Lucas has moved off of the crayons but has only just leant how to draw.