DIRECTOR: George Lucas
So this is the film everyone has been waiting for. The film in which Anakin Skywalker is turned to the Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader.
This film is the most successful of the prequel trilogy perhaps because of the above statement or because it finds pace, adventure and tension again like the originals.
In this film we find Anakin Skywalker being the undermined hero who can save the day when he wants but The Jedi Council still want to hold off giving him any more respect than what he has. This adds to the chip on his shoulder of being unwanted and unloved by those around him. The only person who loves him is Padme with their secret marriage. It’s still concealed and now Anakin learns she is carrying a child.
Anakin has dark dreams of his mother and Padme ad needs to get rid of them. Enter Chancellor Palpatine who is very manipulative and strongly convinces Anakin on reasons why Skywalker should choose the Dark Side. We know what will happen, it’s just how’s it is actioned and said. Something Lucas has never been any good at is dialogue. Times during the film I cringe at corny dialogue that could be said differently or phrased better to make an even stronger film. I suppose every director/writer has their weakness.
The Jedi Council should have had an EAP programme or counselling service for their Jedi. Perhaps Anakin could have talked through some of his mummy issues and self identity issues preventing him to turn. That was a failure of the Jedi Council. Bad council.
‘Watch the film and you’ll enjoy it as it is the immediate connection to the 1977 film and we can continue with the journey.
It has great use of action sequences, technology, digital use and costume but for galaxy’s sake Lucas – work on the dialogue.
Enjoy the Revenge of the Sith.
Ewan McGregor as Obi Wan Kenobi
Hayden Christenssen as Anakin Skywalker
Natalie Portman as Padme