Counting down the 33 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
REVIEW THREE – REVENGE OF THE SITH
In preparation for The Force Awakens, the family has been watching the original six films. How do they hold up?
Without question, of the three prequel films, Revenge of the Sith is, far-and-away, the best. Maybe it’s because this is the story Star Wars fans were waiting for: the final transformation of Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader. Maybe it’s because it features a really inventive and terrific light saber battle. Maybe it’s because it feels the most closely related to the original trilogy. The reality is Revenge of the Sith is the only prequel you don’t have to talk yourself into liking.
It is also the darkest of all six Star Wars movies to date. Yes, it’s darker than The Empire Strikes Back.
It’s a good movie. it’s almost a very good movie.
WHAT WAS GREAT?
- The opening sequence featuring the rescue of Senator Palpatine is really tremendous fun. It’s exciting and dramatic. It also serves to push Anakin further towards the Dark Side and features a pretty ugly death for a film that has kids as its core audience.
- General Grievous is a very, very cool character. Everything about him, save his untimely death, works.
- The execution (pun intended) of Order 66 is suitably sad.
- The Mace Windu/Palpatine confrontation is awesome.
- Seeing baby Luke and Leia is very cool.
- Padme is well developed this time around.
- Chewbacca is in it!
WHAT WAS NOT GREAT?
- I didn’t love Anakin slaughtering the younglings. Too much. Too much.
- Jar Jar brings down the Republic. Single flippered-ly.
- “Nooooooooooooo…” need I say more?
THE FORCE IS WITH THIS ONE
Finally, a movie that is a suitable successor to the original films. This one feels like it belongs. It tells a good story, has a solid dramatic arc, and wraps up the prequels setting the stage for the next episodes very well. As much as the early episode misfire, this one connects. I think it’s almost as good as Return of the Jedi.