Monday, 18 January 2016

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (and plotholes)

Rejoice, for we're at the last of the prequel movies. That's right, after this we'll be in the original trilogy. But first, we must review the movie that exists to act as a bridge between older fan's love of the original movies, and the prequel movies that everyone hates. I've delayed this once, let's get this done. Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.

It's the end of the Clone Wars. So as such, the plot has to, and does the following
  • Kill Count Dooku
  • Have and kill off some other villain character (General Grievous who I'll get into later)
  • Clone Troopers become Storm Troopers
  • Kill off the seperatists
  • Republic becomes the Empire
  • Kill almost all the Jedi
  • Birth of Luke and Leia Skywalker
  •  Anakin becomes Darth Vader
All of that happens, but somethings are missing like the proper formation of the Rebels. But that is basically the plot, including the issues that the last two live action films did, and one new one that isn't the movie's fault, but in fact, The Clone Wars. Revenge of the Sith was written as if time has passed, but the players haven't met in between, something that works for bridging Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, even when considering Clone Wars (Flash animation one), but not The Clone Wars. This will bother people, but at the end of the day, it is The Clone Wars's fault, as it was released after Revenge of the Sith.

Some of the problems of the last two live action movies are kind of fixed here. I'll start with the big one, I defend Hayden Christensen PARTIALLY!!! Let me explain. Yes, Anakin in the live action prequel movies is an awful character thanks to bad writing, what I defend is when he can face act. During Order 66, when he's killing the Seperatists, where he doesn't have to speak. On top of that, some of his scenes in the Deleated scenes are quite good (I'm not going to judge visual quality on deleated scenes) in particular the ones on Grievous's ship, where he's once again not bogged down in exposition, that's when I think he comes the closest to being an interesting character, and its a shame that moments like those, along with scenes that begin to set up the Rebel Alliance were cut for, you guessed it, more exposition. Now I will restate this, THIS DOES NOT MEAN I THINK THE PERFORMANCE IS FLAWLESS, the problems lie with the writing, directing and acting. But unlike most, I'm not going to completely shun this performance, one thing I stand by with this site is that I will defend what deserves to be defended, even partially. I have one last thing to bring up on for Revenge of the Sith, but that is for another time and another post.

Visually and sound wise, what has been said about the last two live action films can be said here. The sound design is great, but similar to the other films, and the over use of CGI is apparent, but improving thanks to the advances in the field. Not perfect, but better. Revenge of the Sith is the best of the prequel live action movies, but it still isn't a good movie. The prequels themselves do deserve a lot of the hate they get, they aren't good movies. HOWEVER, they aren't the worst things to exist like many claim. I've seen films that make these three look like cinematic masterpieces, why do you think none of these are as long as Age of Extinction? Regardless, next time is going to be A New Hope, Freedom Planet's last line was a result of a schedule change at the last minute.

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