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Friday, May 20, 2005

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith 

Forget Anakin Skywalker, Revenge of the Sith brings balance to the force.

Never underestimate the power of George Lucas to tie together loose strings and validate seemingly crappy prior story lines. Thought Anakin was a whiney baby in AOTC? Thought the Clones love story was unnecessary? Now you see why behind them.

In terms of a film, Sith still lags slightly behind Empire, and maybe even the orginal, A New Hope. But combine 28 years of anticipation and the satisfaction that Lucas finally delivered the movie we all wanted six years ago, and you'll realize that no Star Wars film in the saga comes close to matching the breath-taking brilliance of Sith.

Adjectives and superlatives don't do this film justice. In fact calling it a film doesn't do it justice. Star Wars is an experience. Maybe the last two failed to deliver, but Sith more than makes up for it, and once the credits begin to roll after its stunning climax, fans of the saga will no doubt feel a tinge of sadness, knowing that this lifelong franchise has officially come to and end.

I won't give away spoilers, as plenty of fans have yet to see it. Suffice to say that if you've grown up with Star Wars -- as I and millions of others have -- you're inner fan-boy geek will come out many times during its two-plus hours. You might not laugh (the omnipresent Star Wars cheesiness rears its head), but you'll certainly gasp, and you might just cry. 9/10


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