I don’t care if you’re not a fan of science-fiction, or haven’t seen the other five episodes, the importance of this movie, is that George Lucas is bringing closure to a universe that began long ago and far away, in a daydream.
Movies are escape, and I’ve been closing my eyes to conjure impossible scenes of revenge, love, and possibility for more then a few decades.
Designing movies is daydreaming, but most of the time those ideas stay daydreams or become thumbnails and storyboards that fill closets and storage boxes with hope grown dim. But that is not, fortunately for us, the way of George.
He has reinvented the way movies are made, just to get his escapist stories out, and grew immensely wealthy in the process. Much of what he has pioneered is now the standard in film making, refined to the point where you don’t even notice the strings holding up the spaces ships (they’re gone, replaced by computer animation) or the guy in the Godzilla suit (again, replaced by puppets and CGI). Now, you just get to sit back and really, truly escape… one episode at a time
Now, as for Star Wars – Episode III, Revenge of the Sith (Full Screen Edition) by now we’ve all foreseen Anakin Skywalker’s descent down the dark path to becoming the sinister Darth Vader. In this episode, the reason’s behind the conversion are revealed, telling the story before the very first Star War movie, Episode 4, which began it all. Episode 3 is the bridge between the generations in more ways than one.
We finally get to see Kashykk (the Wookie homeworld) on the big screen (if you remember A Wookie Christmas, then you’ve already seen it on the small screen). Part of me wishes Corellia (where Han Solo would have been a street urchin at this time) was in this movie too, but I have to admit a child actor playing young Han might have punctured the Solo mystique.
But mainly, this episode is about Anakin’s fall, explaining all of Anakin’s injuries (thus the evil looking suit) and how he is given the name Darth Vader and an explanation as to why he was given that name and what it means. He battles his master Obi-Wan, and it’s not the special effects that make their lightsabre duel so thrilling, it’s the betrayal, so foul you can taste it.
Anakin becomes pure evil over more or less the entire film, in every scene in the movie. The character arc is very specific and graduates to the dark side nicely, making it darker in tone than any of the previous episodes, but since he’s turning into Darth Vader, how could it not be?