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

My journey through the Star Wars Prequel trilogy is about done, with only the final chapter left. While the beginning had me very worried I would be wasting a few hours of my life, Episode II redeemed my zest for the franchise and had me pumped for the final entry.

Episode III follows right after the previous film (3 years later), and shows Anakin’s dark side revealed more and more. While he and Obi Wan are out battling General Grevious, Padme’s pregnant, and the Jedi Order and Galactic Senate are at stake. While the plot is much weaker than Attack of the Clones, the payoff is, of course the end. The entire prequel trilogy is capped off by something everyone knew was going to happen: Anakin’s transformation to the dark side and later, Darth Vader.

As an overall film, it doesn’t top Episode II for action or plot, but what Episode III really excels at, is pumping you up for a movie that is a few decades old. I was all prepared to pop in Episode IV right afterwards. The change into Darth Vader, and the future of Luke Skywalker and Leia is so well done, you can’t help but immediately think of the originals. As it’s own movie, Episode III is nothing to write home about, but it does fit into the Star Wars saga quite well.

My Rating: B-

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