Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

George Lucas (2005)

134min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
The Star Wars saga finally concludes 28 years after the original instalment first hit cinemas and created a phenomenon. With the story's outcome predetermined, this crucial and much anticipated segment details how and why dedicated Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) turned away from good to become evil Sith Lord Darth Vader. Given that this involves fairly serious issues - love, loyalty, jealousy, betrayal - you'd expect an emotionally intense film. However, writer/director George Lucas's ridiculous dialogue and unconvincing plot developments play like second-rate soap opera, almost robbing this epic of pathos and tension. As a consequence, the actors struggle to animate their underwritten characters, especially Christensen, who lacks the charisma to inhabit such a vital role. Fortunately, the superb visuals and many exciting lightsaber duels save the day, easily surpassing the previous two episodes in terms of breathtaking spectacle. It might not be quite the mind-blowing finale that die-hard fans were hoping for, but at least there is enough here to make the spine tingle.

Summary

Troubled Anakin Skywalker finds himself seduced by the dark side of the Force and is tempted into betraying his fellow Jedi Knights as conflict erupts across countless planets and the forces of evil prepare to seize control of the galaxy. The final instalment of the sci-fi prequel trilogy, with Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Samuel L Jackson, Ian McDiarmid and Christopher Lee.

Cast & Crew

Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader Hayden Christensen
Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor
Padme Amidala Natalie Portman
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine Ian McDiarmid
Mace Windu Samuel L Jackson
Count Dooku Christopher Lee
Senator Bail Organa Jimmy Smits
C-3PO Anthony Daniels
Yoda Frank Oz
Director George Lucas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama