Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Revenge of the Sith is the third part of the Prequel trilogy and by far the best reviewed. It came out a decade ago and for the most part holds up as a decent film still today, sure there is some wooden acting and the romantic dialogue is surely lacking but we get some pretty awesome fights.  Spoilers are bound to follow.

One of the coolest things about this film was the fact that there was a micro-series, Clone Wars it aired on Cartoon Network between 2003 and 2005. It was a novel concept and nicely led into the events of Episode III. This was my first introduction to the concept of a multi-platform storytelling as it was where General Grievous was first introduced and he was a pretty awesome character.

Revenge picks up in the midst of a battle as Obi-Wan and Anakin try to rescue the Chancellor Palpatine, who was captured by Grievous. Obi-Wan and Anakin take him on but Grievous escapes and Count Dooku enters the fray, Obi-Wan gets knocked out and Anakin fights Dooku it mirrors that scene in Return of the Jedi, but Anakin follows through on Palpatine’s pleading and kills Dooku. Anakin reunites with his wife Padmé but begins to have “force dreams” of her dying in childbirth. This brings us to the part that get a bit complicated as Anakin gets appointed to the Jedi Council by Palpatine and the Jedi approve of this but don’t name him a Jedi Master, the Council and Palpatine basically ask Anakin to spy for them on each other. They find out where Grievous is hiding and Obi-Wan is sent to take care of him, Yoda also take on a side quest as he goes to the Wookie home world of Kashyyyk and hangs out with Chewbacca for a bit. Palpatine tells Anakin that with the dark side there is knowledge to ‘cheat death’. Mace Windu comes storming in and fight with Palpatine complete with Force lighting and reflecting it back, pretty cool stuff. There are two more major fights that take place Anakin and Obi-Wan’s on the lava world of Mustafar as well as Yoda and Palpatine’s in the Senate Chamber. Then the twins are born while Anakin is put into his suit and becomes Darth Vader. The twins are brought to where we meet them in A New Hope and Obi-Wan and Yoda go to their respective places as well. This movie is followed by the current animated television series Star Wars: Rebels.

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