Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith; Science-fiction, USA, 2005; D: George Lucas, S: Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Natalie Portman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Anthony Daniels, Christopher Lee, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Temuera Morrison
The Galaxy is caught in the midst of the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi manage to save Chancellor Palpatine from the evil Seperatist, but he turns out to be their leader and manages to attract Annakin to the dark side. In a battle, Obi-Wan wounds Anakin and leaves him mutiliated, but he gets reasembled as Darth Vader and brings the Galaxy into an evil, dictatorship empire. Amidala gives birth to Luke and Lea, who are hidden from Darth.Around "The Revenge of the Sith", the last prequel of "Star Wars", there was a lot of heated debate and hype, while some critics even called it a brilliant tragedy and the best prequel ever, but in the end it doesn't distinguish itself that much from the previous efforts, "Clones" and "Phantom". Although George Lucas finally brought in a greater dose of ambition in the story, he once again fell into the trap to put too much special effects, like a peacock decorating himself with overstuffed kitschy feathers, hence the story sometimes seems like a cartoon. The first half is weak and ballasted with too much actions, thus the best parts are precisely the "grown up" ones, like when Amidala says to Anakin that she is pregnant. The second half is much better because Anakin's transformation to the evil Darth Vader is shown subtly, but Ewan McGregor is once again miscast as Obi-Wan and is just a shadow of Guinness, while Lucas overlooked a few illogical things, like the finale where after the victory, Obi-Wan doesn't finish off Anakin but just leaves him lying there (!), slowly getting burned by lava! Pretty dishonorable! Not to mention that there were simply not enough plausible reasons gives *why* Anakin would join the dark side. It seems that these "Star Wars" prequels should have not been made because they could have just left everything mysterious and unanswered, and their stifness could have been only saved by a few quirky ideas, like intercourse between the Jedi, satire or a few emotions for grown up audience.