"In the name of the Galactic Senate of the Republic, you are
Joker | Michigan | 08/31/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?"
Since my favorite character in the entire six-movie Star Wars saga is Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious or "Emperor Palpatine", I was excited when Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith was about to be released in May 2005. I was not disappointed in the least bit. The movie is what a Star Wars movie should be. Everything in this movie was outstanding - the special effects, the atmosphere, the story, and the acting.
I thought when The Phantom Menace came out that the scenes on Coruscant, with the flying vehicles, the various sky and weather conditions, etc. couldn't be topped. Then they were topped by a mile in Episode II - Attack Of The Clones (2002). Then Episode III topped them all. I've always liked the planet of Coruscant. I think it's one of the strong aspects of the prequels. George Lucas couldn't show Coruscant in episodes IV, V, and VI at the time they were originally released in the theater because it was not possible to create such a planet without high quality computer generated images, something that was unavailable back then. He kind of made up for it in a small way by inserting additional scenes in the 2004 enhanced edition DVDs of episodes IV, V, and VI that showed Coruscant and even Cloud City and Naboo, all very briefly.
The funniest part of the movie is when Yoda uses the force to knock out the Imperial guards.
I thought the whole scene with General Grievous went on too long and I also felt it was borderline unnecessary. He's a cool character, though. I like his cough and how he's practically 90% machine. It's funny how Kenobi kills him - with a blaster of all things, and with EASE. Grievous is so vulnerable and easily killed because his organs are not adequately protected.
Hayden Christensen's acting was WAY better in this movie than it was in Attack Of The Clones. In Clones, he was wooden. In Sith, he's believable and a lot more natural. Ewan McGregor once again played the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi very well. His portrayal of the character was already leaning toward the smooth transition to Alec Guinness's character of Ben Kenobi in Episode IV - A New Hope.
I thought the Wookie planet Kashyyyk was cool and I liked seeing Chewbacca (once again played by Peter Mayhew) in the movie. The battle scenes on that planet were really good.
My favorite scene in the whole movie is when Mace Windu and three other Jedi Knights visit the Chancellor and try to arrest him. Then all hell breaks loose and the Chancellor kills three Jedi Knights in eight seconds, then battles Windu fiercely. This scene where three Jedi Knights are killed in eight seconds is downright unbelievable. They're so easily killed and almost seem to let the Chancellor kill them with ease, though I know this was not the intention here. It was just as plain as needing to kill off three Jedi Knights quickly so the focus would be on Windu and the Chancellor fighting to the finish. But still......it's unbelievable that three Jedis would be so lacking in the skills department. The scene where the Chancellor pretends he's out of electricity then zaps Windu after his hand is cut off by Anakin, is wicked, evil, and funny. It's a classic. Another thing that's unbelievable to me is how a 60-year-old Chancellor (and earlier in the movie, a 60-ish Count Dooku) can do backflips and move very quickly, yet a 60-ish Ben Kenobi in A New Hope isn't doing backflips and seems incapable of doing it and is fighting like a 60-ish guy would. I know that CGI technology is what enables the backflips to be possible in the prequels, but still...one 60-year-old's fighting skills (Ben Kenobi's) are believable, while the others' are not. Dooku, Palpatine, and Ben Kenobi all know the Force and are around the same age, yet Dooku and Palpatine's skills seem more advanced. I don't know.
The light sabre fight between the Emperor and Yoda was great. A little over-the-top, but great. The light sabre fight between Kenobi and Skywalker (or rather Darth Vader) is epic, visually stunning, highly intense, and over-the-top in a lot of places. This is supposed to be THE battle of the whole Star Wars saga, and it delivers.
The scenes after the epic light sabre fight between Kenobi and Vader are some of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. I also think Alderaan was brilliantly done. At the end of the movie, Jar Jar Binks is on the screen for a few seconds during the funeral scene. When I saw the movie in the theater, I remember thinking, "Oh no, please no". A few seconds later I said, "Whew!!! That was close!!!"
This movie is presented in widescreen.
My personal rankings of the Star Wars movies are in the following order, from favorite to least favorite:
1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. Revenge Of The Sith
4. Attack Of The Clones
5. Return Of The Jedi
6. The Phantom Menace
The musical score by John Williams is exceptional and might be my favorite out of all six movies. It certainly is in my top three.
This is a two-DVD set. I especially like the audio commentary by the makers of the movie. The second DVD has a lot of cool features, including how the movie was made. It's very interesting to watch.
If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it. If you have seen it but don't have the DVD, then I highly recommend this two-DVD set."
This Movie is fantastic!
StarWarsfan | 07/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. Some of the movies to me aren't the most exciting but I love this one because the music behind it is fantastic and the climax gets me going.
I would recommend this movie to all."