Ah yes, the Star Wars prequels. The Star Wars prequels consist of three movies; Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of The Clones & Episode III: Revenge of The Sith.
Now let me just state that I am a HUGE fan of Star Wars but a Blogger has to be honest…. perhaps fans are right to frown at the series in the aftermath of the prequels. So in this three-part Blog I am going to be looking back at all three episodes of the prequel series and weighing them up, for good and bad.
In the last Blog I revisited Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones. (Which you can read HERE….. you will click it! *Jedi mindtrick*).
To conclude this three-part Blog, today I shall be looking at…………… *Que Star Wars Theme*
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
Finally, the saga had brought us to this point. The third installment of the prequel series would lead to the events of the eventual uprising of the Empire. But how did it all start? What were the final days of the Republic accustomed to? Revenge of The Sith answered all the burning questions.
Revenge of The Sith is easily my favorite of the prequel series. While some parts were somewhat “Meh” as one would say, there are features and moments in the film which reflect such compelling storytelling.
Now for the final time, let’s look at some of the positive and negatives of Episode II and again, please don’t close the Blog, I am sorry if I enrage you.
First we look at the positives.
Duel On Mustafar
The Master VS The Apprentice; this is what it had come to. In their final meeting before the rise of Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi dueled on Mustafar. Anakin Skywalker was fading as the dark side of the force was consuming the young padawan’s lust for power, which had led him into darkness.
Obi-Wan challenged his former apprentice to a duel, my god are we thankful it happened! Their thrilling duel with the mix of John William’s orchestra in the background was the films biggest compliment. Reluctantly Obi-Wan cut his Skywalker in half which saw him get burnt, leading to the death of Anakin Skywalker but subsequent rise of Darth Vader.
The scene also indicated what Obi-Wan implied as he explained to Anakin’s son Luke what exactly happened to his father. In addition to this it also told us how Darth Vader’s suit was to be, something which alluded fans for years.
Hayden Christensen’s Darkside Perception
Say what you want about Hayden Christensen’s acting in the prequel series. While it may not have been elevating as one would have expected, no one can deny how well he portrayed Anakin Skywalker who turned to the dark side.
One scene which I thought he nailed was when Skywalker traveled to Mustafar to eliminate the remaining Trade Federation leaders. The hatred and pure evil was flowing from his performance, you could sense true emotions as he wiped out the remaining Trade Federation.
Christensen’s portrayal of a darker Anakin Skywalker was strong, hence why I believe his performance in Revenge of The Sith was great. However that’s not what the critics thought……… such is life!
The Rise of Darth Vader
Finally….. the rise of Darth Vader was to be revealed. Following defeat on Mustafar Anakin Skywalker’s remains were retreated by Emperor Palpatine.
Immediately Palpatine called for a medical capsule, where he would take Skywalker to Coruscant. There we would finally see how the legendary suit would fit one of the most feared sith lords in the Galaxy.
What made this scene so artistic and almost emotional was the simultaneous death of wife Padme Amidala, thus adding to the pure emotions being evoked during the scene. Furthermore the final establishing shot of Vader’s helmet being placed was bone-chilling……. the sith lord Darth Vader was born and the Galaxy’s fate was ultimately altered forever. The Chosen One’s destiny was seemingly fulfilled.
Cast your mind back to Episode IV: A New Hope; Obi-Wan described the Jedi as “Guardian’s of peace and justice” so fans were left with only theories on who the Jedi were. The prequels then told the story of the Jedi and how they served the galaxy, in addition to how they fell. The end of the Clone Wars was signaled as Order 66 was requested by Emperor Palpatine.
The Clones would turn against their Jedi allies and wipe out majority of the order across the galaxy. It was such a compelling scene which draw the emotions of the film to one side; heartache and betrayal could all be felt.
Order 66 would the defining moment that changed the course of history.
Now we shall look at the negatives……….
Attempted Arrest of Chancellor Palpatine
Once Anakin Skywalker had discovered that Palpatine was the sith-lord, he immediately reported it to Jedi Master Mace Windu.
In an attempt to salvage the Republic from crumbling at the hands of the Sith, Windu alongside Agen Kolar, Kit Fisto & Saesee Tiin went to arrest the Chancellor. Obviously Palpatine was not going peacefully, thus resulting in a duel and well….. YOU COULD HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB GUYS! No in all seriousness their defeat to the Emperor may have been obvious. The power of the dark side was strong and intensifying by the second within Palpatine, therefore the Jedi struggled to duel with him.
However Jedi such as Kit Fisto who was a specialist in combat was sliced within seconds, as were Kolar and Tiin. However it appeared Palpatine was no match for Windu, not to anyone’s surprise.
Eventually Windu fell victim to the power of the dark side due to the turn of Anakin Skywalker aiding Palpatine to wipe out Windu.
How Does Leia Remember Her Mother’s Face?
Once again; cast your mind back to the Original trilogy. Princess Leia says to her Brother Luke that she remembered her Mother’s face…….. how?
Now with the Clone Wars over and a new era reigning over the galaxy, Padme Amidala and husband Anakin Skywalker were seperated on Mustafar. Anakin defeated and left for almost death whereas Padme was taken to a medical facility as she neared labour.
There she would give birth to twins and naming them Luke and Leia. Now the full circle had been complete, the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia was known. So when thinking about it, how can Leia claim she remembered her Mother’s face? She was only just born? Sometimes even your favorite films just make you question things.
So while the film ended strongly as it should have, it started off so prolonged. Episode III opened with Anakin and Obi-Wan in their starfighters heading towards General Grievous’ ship, where they would defeat Count Dooku. However the journey towards the ship was prolonged and really boring, to be precise.
A lot of unnecessary dialogue exchanged between Anakin and Obi-Wan was something that annoyed me a lot. Also, the scene really led to nowhere. Yes, they were heading for the fleet ahead but realistically I believe that there could have been an alternative way to begin the film.
Well that’s it for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of The Sith! and this three-part Blog! Hopefully I didn’t anger any Star Wars fans. Once again I am a huge Star Wars fan but honesty is the best policy.
Thanks so much for staying around for this Blog-series, it was fun!
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