2005 was the year when Star Wars fans around the world got what was due. The much-deserved closure was delivered with the release of Star Wars Episode 3- Revenge of the Sith. It was going to be an experience of epic proportions, the plot to end all schemes. Expectations were high from the ‘sequel to the prequels’ and boy, did it deliver. A whopping $848 million is no easy feat, but the question is, ‘Who does the movie owe its success to?’ As the Star Wars tradition goes, people came to the opening night, dressed as their favourite characters, spouting dialogues and monologues from the movie and having actual lightsaber fights in parking lots. Sure, it is amusing but also inspiring, watching the passion that drives these people. Inside that hall, the iconic intro music filled the massive room, only to be drained out by the cheers and shouts from the fans standing on their seats. And it is also available on the latest version of ShowBox app, you can get the latest version here. The movie had run its course by the time the credits rolled; it made me think. How would Darth Vader react if he saw his own story? Because if he did, I think he’d be doubtful.
Spoiler Alert! It’s been 13 years since the movie has been out, so it doesn’t really matter at this point of time, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. The plot is set three years post the events of ‘The Clone Wars’. The Jedi Knights are leading a war against The Separatists (Led by General Grievous). The movie starts out with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his young apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) flying around, piloting pew-pew ships, fighting endless hoards of The Separatist minions on a mission to rescue Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from General Grievous (voiced by Matthew Wood). Upon successfully doing so, Palpatine appoints Anakin as his representative to the Jedi Council, where he is denied the honour of a Jedi Master, which essentially marks the beginning of the fall of Anakin Skywalker. Meanwhile, he is reunited with his wife Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman), who reveals her pregnancy. To my surprise, Anakin didn’t look very happy by the news, which is explained by Anakin’s vision of Padmé dying in childbirth, worrying him. Palpatine tries to seduce Anakin into accepting the dark side of the force, tempting him with the power to save his loved ones. He is reluctant at first but then finally gives in and becomes Darth Vader in the climax of the film. The movie ends with the birth of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, Padmé’s death and Obi-wan going into exile.
As the movie began, it was evident that the CGI had improved multifold since the last two prequels in the series. Space had more depth, the models looked better, and the animations were breathtaking, but in my opinion, it was overused. CGI was used instead of a real-life set a couple of times, which killed the authenticity. It wasn’t all too bad considering Yoda, who started as a rubber toy was now a living CGI character, but still. George Lucas has always been a great story writer and this story is compelling, but his insecurities regarding the plot were greatly visible, especially with the dialogues. The necessity of putting every emotion the characters felt into words, was overkill and the delivery was deadpan, even cheesy and corny at times. The direction was flawed And made everything look emotionless. So much effort was put into choreography that the characters lost the spontaneity of the moments, which made it wooden. The acceptance of the dark side by Anakin was so abrupt that it caught me off guard like someone hit the switch and Bing! Welcome to the dark side. Sure, the movie had its moments as well, like when Grievous pulled out four lightsabers, that one had me jumping, and to hear James Earl Jones reprise his voice for Darth Vader was a treat, but it doesn’t cover up for the flaws of this production.
The force was strong with Episode III when it came to the storyline, but it turned over to the dark side with its production. Anakin deserved a better screen presence, and CGI lost itself in its complexity rather than conveying the depth of the situations. A little emotion in the dialogues would have made this movie the perfect end for the beginning. Nonetheless, it holds steadfast when it comes to being a part of the greatest saga ever written and is a spectacle to watch.