Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith is the 3rd film in the prequel trilogy of the Star Wars franchise. It chronicles the fall of the jedi and the rise of the galactic empire. The film stars Hayden Christensen who plays Anakin Skywalker. Anakin Skywalker is a Jedi Knight who was freed from slavery on his home planet of Tatooine by Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master at the time Qui-Gon Jinn. He was taken into the Jedi Order and showed much promise and potential but as with most prodigy children in media, they are very susceptible to corruption. Ewan Mcgregor plays Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi is Anakin’s former master turned close friend. Natalie Portman plays Padme Amidala. Padme is a member of the Galactic Senate and also Anakin’s wife (despite it being taboo for any jedi to have any romantic relationships). She is also pregnant with twins in the movie. Ian Mcdiarmid plays Sheev Palpatine. Palpatine is the Chancellor of the Galactic republic and secretly a Sith Lord who plays a very important role in this movie. It earned 848.8 million dollars at the box office and has gained a large following among diehard star wars fans in recent years. Revenge of the sith is without a doubt, the darkest of the 8 Star Wars films released but it is not without its fun moments. Many fans of the movie are drawn to its immense amount of quotable moments such as “Do It”, “Hello There”, “So Uncivilized”, and everyone’s favorite line “I am the Senate”. As much as fans love to quote those lines and make memes about them, we all know that the plot of the movie is not to be taken lightly. The movie follows Palpatine as he destroys the jedi order, dismantles the galactic republic, ends the clone wars, and enacts his galactic empire. Palpatine does this in three steps which I refer to as “The Trap”, “The Infiltration”, and “The Transformation”.
Step 1 of Palpatine’s plan is “The Trap” and begins before the movie even begins. Prior to the beginning of the movie, Palpatine was captured by Count Dooku and General Grievous who are 2 sith lords and separatist leaders. Palpatine is actually a sith lord as well and acts as the shadowy leader and master of Count Dooku. In the Sith order there is the rule of 2. The rule of 2 states that in the sith, there must be 1 master and 1 student, no more no less. Palpatine plans out his “capture” causing Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue him. When the 2 jedi finally arrive to rescue the Chancellor, they are met by Count Dooku who engages them in a lightsaber duel. Dooku incapacitates Kenobi causing Anakin to lash out and cut off Dooku’s hands. Palpatine then orders Anakin to kill Dooku. This is the first major part of Palpatine’s plan. Being a Sith, he follows the rule of 2 and has his apprentice Count Dooku killed to make room for his new apprentice Anakin. Anakin killed Dooku but he was unaware of the can of worms he had just opened.
Palpatine’s second step in his grand plan is what I like to call “The Infiltration”. By now Palpatine has already been responsible for the death of 1 sith lord and has already begun grooming Anakin to be his apprentice but he is not quite Palpatine’s apprentice yet. After the rescue of the Chancellor, Anakin begins to have nightmares of his wife Padme dying in childbirth. Meanwhile, the Jedi Council refuses to promote Anakin to the rank of Master. Palpatine is a man of impeccable timing as, Anakin is currently bogged down by the fear of losing his wife and frustrated that the Jedi council won’t promote him to the rank of master. Now from the Council’s perspective, Anakin may have the strength necessary of a knight but he lacks the maturity and wisdom required of a true master. Unfortunately Anakin does not take the time to consider this and now he has 2 things to worry about ( the Jedi believe that negative emotions or really most emotions in general will lead you on a path to the dark side). By coming to Anakin at a time where he is at his weakest and most vulnerable both mentally and emotionally, Palpatine was able to easily put phase 2 of his plan into motion. Now while Palpatine was grooming Anakin, Anakin did have some doubts and even told Mace Windu that he believes the Chancellor might be a sith lord. Mace Windu advised Anakin to stay in the council chambers until he returns but Anakin who is not a man of good timing began to feel worried about Palpatine. Meanwhile, Mace Windu and several other Jedi Masters went after Palpatine who proceeded to do a full 720 degree spin jump from his chair and slaughter all the Jedi that were not named and engaged in a losing battle against Mace Windu. Anakin arrives and Palpatine gains the upper hand by shocking Master Windu and then throws him out the window. Now Anakin has 3 things to worry about; the possibility of losing his wife, not being promoted to master, and being partially responsible for the death of the man who was probably going to promote him had the capture of Palpatine gone well.
While all of that was going on Padme was in her home on maternity leave worrying about Anakin. Obi-Wan on the other hand was sent to Utapau to meet up with the remaining Republic troops to take down the Separatist leader General Grievous. Obi-wan upon landing on Utapau was asked to leave by the natives. Kenobi is quite the trickster and hides while his droid R4-D5 flies his ship off the planet to trick the locals. Kenobi proceeds to hunt down Grievous and finally confronts him in the most hilarious way. He manages to find Grievous while walking on some rafters, sees him, jumps behind him and says “Hello There”. They engage in a lightsaber duel, Obi-Wan kills General Grievous and leads the rest of the Republic troops to eliminate the remaining Separatist soldiers.
Due to the fight against Mace Windu, Palpatine now looks deformed and wrinkled which explains why he looks that way in the original trilogy. Palpatine uses this time to contact the remaining clone troopers and commands them to “Execute Order 66”. Order 66 is an executive order issued by the Chancellor to kill all Jedi. It is an order that is programmed into the genetic code of each clone trooper with the exception of a few clones who had it removed early on. Nearly all the Jedi were wiped out during this coup except for Yoda, Obi-Wan, and a few others who either left the Jedi Order prior to the events of Revenge of the Sith or managed to escape. Now that the Jedi are out of the way, Palpatine is able to persuade the Galactic Senate into creating the Galactic Empire. This is actually the easiest part of Palpatine’s plan. Now Palpatine has full control over the galaxy with zero Jedi or republic interference. The final and most emotional part of the grand plan which includes turning Anakin into a sith lord occurs on the planet Mustafar. Palpatine sends Anakin there ( but not before telling Padme) to dispose of the remaining Separatist leaders. After killing the Separatist leaders, Anakin turns to the camera to reveal his eyes have turned yellow and red thus signifying he has turned to the dark side. Meanwhile Obi-Wan informs a crying Padme of what’s happening with the Jedi and Padme tells Obi-Wan that Anakin is going to Mustafar and that he is the only one that can get through to him. They then proceed to Mustafar to try and stop Anakin. Upon arrival, Padme meets up with Anakin and they share a tender moment that does not last long when Anakin realizes that she brought Obi-Wan with her, he suspects that she brought Kenobi there to kill him and begins to choke her but luckily does not kill her. Anakin and Obi-Wan engage each other in a heated lightsaber duel. Obi-Wan is fighting for the sake of his friend and former student while Anakin is fighting for his new empire. After a long fight they reach a stalemate. Obi-Wan has the high ground both physically and morally but Anakin is too blinded by his own ambitions that he tries to attack anyway. Obi-Wan cuts off Anakin’s legs and arm and leaves him for dead. Palpatine goes to recover Anakin’s body and turns him into Darth Vader. This is the final part of Palpatine’s plan, “The Transformation”. The battle on Mustafar did not exist just for a cool piece of fanservice. It had a deeper meaning. When the fight ended, the two jedi known as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker had died. The two people that left the planet afterwards were Ben Kenobi and Darth Vader. The movie ends on a bittersweet note. On one hand the jedi had lost everything they’ve been fighting to preserve and now the sith have control over the entire galaxy. On the other hand, there is hope in the form of two newborn babies named Luke and Leia who will aid the rebel alliance in the defeat of the empire.
Star Wars episode 3 may not be universally agreed upon as the best Star Wars movie but personally I feel that it is. It is definitely not the first movie you would want to show to someone who has never seen Star Wars because since its the final film in the prequel trilogy, you would need to understand the first 2 movies before showing them episode 3 but it is still worth watching for anyone who has not seen it. The movie may be seen as a masterpiece in the eyes of the current generation of young star wars fans but it does have its faults. Most of these problems are due to some very bad dialogue and many people will say Hayden Christensen can’t act but those problems really don’t take away from the movie. The visuals are stunning, the music is beautiful, and the characters are so memorable. All in all, I love this movie and everything in it from Palpatine’s well thought out plan to Obi-Wan’s constant one-liners and not to mention Yoda’s fight with Palpatine which I believe he could’ve won but that’s besides the point. This movie is the reason why I’m a Star Wars fan and I know that this movie has its faults but its pluses outweigh the minuses and with that I give this movie an 8.5/10.