Teach’s Sith Review

I have said a few times that I wouldn’t write a review of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith till I saw it a second time. I just did that (and will probably go a 3rd time). I also saw it opening day, because, yes, I am that type of a geek. Let me start off with this comment I left over at Absinthe and Cookies (possible spoilers ahead):

I loved it. I was a little bit disappointed initially, but, as a huge long time fan (seen everyone on opening day), I kind of nitpicked it a bit. But, after getting out of the movie, it started to make more and more sense, and seem better and better.

I have since read the book, and plan on going again Thursday. And maybe a 3rd time.

I think what the critics have missed is that Ep 1 and 2 set the tone for Sith. To understand Anakin’s love of Padme, and his fear of losing her and those around him, plus how seductive the Dark Side is. I initially thought it was just too easy, him converting, but it made sense after I got out of the movie.

Was it the best? Nope. A New Hope still is my favorite. But, when I divorce myself from the expectations from IV, V, and VI, I really love it.

Now, I thought it Anakin’s conversion was a little too easy while watching it this time, too. But, it kind of seeps in to my brain that it was supposed to be that easy. Again, everything leads up to this. Remember in Phantom Menace when Yoda was talking about "much fear" in Anakin? Remember Anakin’s dreams of his Mother dying, and how he was afraid of that? It wasn’t that Anakin was angry, but that he had fear buried in his heart. Fear of loss, fear of rejection. Which made him susceptible to the Dark Side, and letting the anger over that loss out.

Could I nitpick the movie? Sure, and probably better then some of the blog reviews I have seen. For instance, near the end, Obi-Wan and Yoda were calling Palpatine "Emperor" just a tad to quick. Consider that in one of the Star Wars books, they identified the designer of the Death Star as human. The same book and character described Vader having had lost his right hand to the Emperor for losing the Death Star. Ok, that was a Clone Wars nitpick. But, I have read every Star Wars book other then the juvenile ones and most of the prequel ones, so I know how to nitpick it.

"Right a better screenplay after 74+ books published post Sith, I would see you do." Thanks, Yoda.

I won’t mention some of the standard ones, like Padme dying during childbirth, despite what Leia said in ROTJ. Oops, just did. Look, we all knew what was going to happen. Anakin would turn to the Dark Side, Palpatine would be unveiled and take full control of the Republic, Luke and Leia would be born, the Jedi would be decimated, and Yoda and Obi Wan would go into seclusion. People were expecting A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, and were disappointed that, on a fundamental level, they didn’t get it. But, those movies, even dark ESB, were about hope. Who didn’t know that things would get better when they saw Empire?

People complained about the dialog in the prequels. But, how depressed would they have been if the dialog was really great? Because the prequels, and especially Sith, were not about hope. They were about tragedy. Lord knows, Lucas could have made it much darker, much more depressing. I don’t blame him one bit for focusing more on the action then on the yap yap.

Once you get past the nitpicking, you realize how damn good a movie it is. I give it Image hosted by Photobucket.com out of 4. And I WILL buy it the day it comes out on DVD. Now go, my young apprentices, see the movie. Or see it again.

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2 Responses to “Teach’s Sith Review”

  1. Ith says:

    You pillaged your own comment, you Pirate!

    Sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂

  2. moehawk says:

    i saw “Star Wars”, or i guess that would now be IV, when i was about 8 or 9 years old. great movie. i was blown away by it. for Christmas i got the action figures (or at least a couple of them!), the bedsheets and bedspread (with pillowcase) and was jealous of everyone that got the stuff i didn’t get.

    saw V, was still blown away, but too “grown up” for toys (yeah, right!).

    saw VI, and almost cried to see the whole thing come to an end.

    then, 20 years later, i was stoked to see that the whole story was to be told.

    after seeing I and II, i now know why Lucas started with IV.

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