Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [2005]

Ending the most popular film epic in history, Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith is an exciting, uneven, but ultimately satisfying journey. Picking up the action from Episode II, Attack of the Clones as well as the animated Clone Wars series, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and his apprentice, Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), pursue General Grievous into space after the droid kidnapped Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). The Star Wars Family Tree (click for larger image) It's just the latest maneuver in the ongoing Clone Wars between the Republic and the Separatist forces led by former Jedi turned Sith Lord Count Dooku (Christopher Lee). On another front, Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) leads the Republic's clone troops against a droid attack on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. All this is in the first half of Episode III, which feels a lot like Episodes I and II. That means spectacular scenery, dazzling dogfights in space, a new fearsome villain (the CGI-created Grievous can't match up to either Darth Maul or the original Darth Vader, though), lightsaber duels, groan-worthy romantic dialogue, goofy humor (but at least it's left to the droids instead of Jar-Jar Binks), and hordes of faceless clone troopers fighting hordes of faceless battle droids. But then it all changes. Star Wars Time Line (click for larger image) After setting up characters and situations for the first two and a half movies, Episode III finally comes to life. The Sith Lord in hiding unleashes his long-simmering plot to take over the Republic, and an integral part of that plan is to turn Anakin away from the Jedi and toward the Dark Side of the Force. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you know that Anakin will transform into the dreaded Darth Vader and face an ultimate showdown with his mentor, but that doesn't matter. In fact, a great part of the fun is knowing where things will wind up but finding out how they'll get there. The end of this prequel trilogy also should inspire fans to want to see the original movies again, but this time not out of frustration at the new ones. Rather, because Episode III is a beginning as well as an end, it will trigger fond memories as it ties up threads to the originals in tidy little ways. But best of all, it seems like for the first time we actually care about what happens and who it happens to. Episode III is easily the best of the new trilogy--OK, so that's not saying much, but it might even jockey for third place among the six Star Wars films. It's also the first one to be rated PG-13 for the intense battles and darker plot. It was probably impossible to live up to the decades' worth of pent-up hype George Lucas faced for the Star Wars prequel trilogy (and he tried to lower it with the first two movies), but Episode III makes us once again glad to be "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." --David Horiuchi The Complete Star Wars Saga Episodes 4-6 Trilogy (widescreen) Episode I: The Phantom Menace Episde II: Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 1 Star Wars: Clone Wars Vol. 2 The Star Wars Store Stills from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (click for larger images) Anakin turning to the dark side When Wookiees attack Yoda, Jedi master Mr. and Mrs. Vader Saber training with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen The cast

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Anakin Skywalker:
The Sith rely on their passion for their strength. They think inward, only about themselves.

Supreme Chancellor:
And the Jedi don't?

Anakin Skywalker:
The Jedi are selfless... they only care about others.

Supreme Chancellor:
Or so you've been trained to believe. Why is it, then, that they have asked you to do something you feel is wrong?

Anakin Skywalker:
I'm not sure it's wrong.

Supreme Chancellor:
Have they asked you to betray the Jedi code? The Constitution? A friendship? Your own values? Think. Consider their motives. Keep your mind clear of assumptions. The fear of losing power is a weakness of both the Jedi and the Sith. Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis "the wise"?

Anakin Skywalker:
No.

Supreme Chancellor:
I thought not. It's not a story the Jedi would tell you. It's a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life... He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

Anakin Skywalker:
He could actually save people from death?

Supreme Chancellor:
The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.

Anakin Skywalker:
What happened to him?

Supreme Chancellor:
He became so powerful... the only thing he was afraid of was losing his power, which eventually, of course, he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew, then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Plagueis never saw it coming. It's ironic he could save others from death, but not himself.

Anakin Skywalker:
Is it possible to learn this power?

Supreme Chancellor:
Not from a Jedi.

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