REVIEW: ‘Revenge of the Sith’ shines bright when Star Wars is brought back into mainstream


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Staff Writer Natalo Maggiolino writes that “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” may be hated by critics, but it is beloved by fans.

Natalo Maggiolino, Staff Writer

Throughout the nine movies in the Star Wars saga, there are constant debates on which trilogies or movies alone stand supreme. Coming from one of the most hated trilogies by critics, yet loved by fans, the prequel “Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith” is a timeless story that shows a chosen one’s fall into becoming the best villain in all of Star Wars and cinema itself, Darth Vader.

“Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith” was released in 2005 by George Lucas and Lucasfilm Studios. It is the last movie out of three in the prequel trilogy and was released roughly 30 years after “Star Wars: A New Hope,” the first movie in the franchise which had its own trilogy ending in 1983. It would be the last Star Wars movie in the main saga until 2015.

In the recent decade, Star Wars has made its return to mainstream popularity, which has fans rewatching the movies that shaped their childhood. Fans are now starting to realize that we took the prequels for granted and that they are necessary for understanding the whole plot of Star Wars itself. “Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith” has finally gotten the recognition it deserves. The prequels had their problems and dialogue errors, but it all came together in the final movie to create a cinematic masterpiece.

The movie follows a grown Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), an incredible Jedi who is prophesied to bring balance to the force, and his eventual fall to the dark side. The reason this movie is so great is because you can feel every emotion Anakin goes through in this story. We already saw him as a younger kid in the past two movies; in this one, he is learning on his own and discovering flaws about what he was not told about.

As the Jedi and Sith clash, Anakin’s life is changed by the news of pregnancy from his wife Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). He is forced to either come clean and live the consequences, or live a double life hidden from the Jedi. Alongside that, A fan favorite Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) goes on his own quest to fight a Sith cyborg named General Grievous. The movie highlights the master and apprentice relationship that Obi-Wan and Anakin have and why it ends in such a sad manner. Behind all this arises Emperor Palpatine, the mastermind behind the Sith operations. Palpatine’s influence on Anakin changes his views on the Jedi, which causes his eventual turn to the dark side.

An unprepared master, a corrupt government and clashing ideologies all factor into what I believe is the best movie of all time. Every fan can relate to Anakin in a way, yet Obi-Wan is also relatable. Fans love this movie so much because you understand why these certain decisions play out and you cannot do anything but watch as the history of Star Wars is changed before your very eyes. Because of the order the Star Wars movies were released, we all knew that Anakin was Darth Vader, but every character, every main and side plot fit so perfectly with how George Lucas executed this movie. It may not be the best movie based on ratings by critics, but according to the fanbase, this movie is the chosen one.