Overview: The Star Wars prequel trilogy finally comes to an end. Thank god. 20th Century Fox; 2005; Rated PG-13; 140 Minutes
Let’s Get This Over With: The Star Wars prequels have a bad reputation for failing at recapturing the adventure and heart for which the original trilogy was known. There is an abundance of characters but none of them are particularly memorable, well, at least not for positive reasons (Jar Jar Binks, anyone?). There’s no sense of adventure, only an excess of CGI, horrendous dialogue, and boringly simplistic visuals. It’s all one hell of a mess. I’m lucky enough to talk about it.
Stilted Bores: There are plenty of ancillary problems with the Star Wars prequels but one that constantly gets overlooked is the boring cinematography. From Luke Skywalker looking out at a Tattooine’s binary sunset, to the chase through the forests of Endor, Episodes IV-VI are practically overflowing with classic imagery that invoke exciting reactions from moviegoers everywhere. The prequels are stuck with bland over-the-shoulder camerawork. Maybe if the visual effects popped out and had a unique visual style this would be more forgivable. Oh wait.
The Death of Practicality: I’m not someone who completely disagrees with the use of CGI in modern movies. CGI is best used when it’s in the forefront of stylized action movies or in the background with practical set pieces. With ROTS, everything is computer generated. There’s a decent depth of feel with the CGI but apart from the actors walking a few feet around smaller sets, nothing feels real. Throwing an excess of cool space battles, various alien life forms, and overly choreographed light saber fights, at us doesn’t make us more invested. It’s the characters that should keep us interested. A climactic fight between Anakin and Obi Wan Kenobi starts off exciting but drags on to a point where it no longer deserves our attention.
The Good: As negative as I’m being about the movie, there are positives mostly thanks to everything surrounding Ewan McGregor’s Obi Wan. Even though our main tale follows the rise and fall of Anakin, it’s Obi Wan who provides what little heart the movie has. He conveys compassion towards the other characters, thrills in the action, and shows genuine heartbreak when tragedy strikes despite being burdened with pedestrian dialogue about love (watch closely and you can literally see McGregor cringing at what this script pushes upon him). Perhaps his saving grace would be, “You were the chosen one!” If only we had cared about anybody or anything in the past three movies. In the end, Ewan McGregor managed to come out with his dignity mostly intact.
Overall: Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith ends an unnecessary prequel story with multiple whizzes, bangs, and not much else.