8:00 PM, 3rd August, 2005
Well, the saga is complete. And what a saga it was. No other film franchise has the following that Star Wars has and none has such devoted fans. So the eagerly anticipated final installment of the prequel trilogy has a lot to live up to, *Yoda voice* "and live up to it, it does, hrrmmmm".
The story picks up a few years after Attack of the Clones with Anakin Skywalker (Christensen) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (McGregor) engaged in a mission to rescue Palpatine (McDiarmid) from the evil Sith Lord Count Dooku (Lee) and General Grievous. The opening is spectacular and the scenery magnificent. But what I liked most about the film was the way it set itself along a path and meshed with the story that follows. We knew of Anakin's descent to the dark side of the force, but we didn't know the journey along the way. Here we see the journey, its effect on those closest to Anakin, and all the elements that led him to become Darth Vader.
While this movie is plagued by some of the downfalls of its predecessors - i.e. stilted dialogue, uneven pacing - it remains incredibly entertaining. The film's amazing action sequences and increasingly dark sensibilities raise the film up to the mantle of its following chapters. Revenge of the Sith isn't just the end of the prequel trilogy, it begins the journey completed by the original trilogy.