Revenge of the Sith....

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Oh go ahead and mock me. I was bound to post something about this movie sooner or later, and here it is.

The circle is now complete. After 28 years, the space opera depicting the eternal struggle of good versus evil, and the ultimate triumph of light over dark, finally comes full circle. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith not only successfully brings to a conclusion the prequel trilogy, it also manages to fill in most of the plot holes and complete the transition of the story to the original trilogy. It answers the questions in viewers' minds after the end of Attack of the Clones: How did Anakin Skywalker become Darth Vader? What happened to Padmé? How did the Emperor rise to power? How did the Galactic Republic become the Galactic Empire? What happened to Anakin and Padmé's children? What happened to all the Jedi? It answers all of these questions, and more.

Revenge of the Sith is without a doubt the best episode in the prequel trilogy. It portrays with a high degree of drama, emotion and intensity the Shakespearean (Macbeth?) fall from grace of Anakin Skywalker, prophesied to be the one who will bring balance to force. His eventual turn to the dark side, as well as the death and destruction that he leaves in his wake, makes Revenge of the Sith the darkest, and most pivotal installment in the entire Star Wars saga.

Of course, the movie is not without its failings. The acting of the key protagonists, at times, have fallen short, and whatever good acting there is has been overshadowed by the sheer amount of special effects and battle scenes. But I guess that is to be expected. Star Wars has never been about the acting. It is about bringing to life George Lucas' wondrous and epic tale of a great war between the forces of good versus the forces of evil, a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, in a medium that can be appreciated by viewers of all ages. In this regard, it has handily succeeded, capturing not only the imagination of a single generation of moviegoers, but two.

In sum, Revenge of the Sith is hands-down the best episode in the prequel trilogy, and possibly even the entire saga. If you have seen all the other episodes, there is absolutely no question in my mind that you have to see this episode as well. After you do, you will start seeing Darth Vader in the succeeding episodes in a much different light.

May the force be with you.


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