FBMR - Star Wars: Episode III
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STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH (2005) ***1/2

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

George Lucas was right, this instalment was quite dark Ö and very heavy. I'm still sad, really, really sad. Most of my questions were answered, though, with satisfaction. And there was only one scene where I cringed and disagreed with a choice George Lucas made. Best of the new three! Better on some levels than the original trilogy, didn't live up to the first three on others.

In this film, we finally see the turn and transformation of Jedi Anakin Skywalker into the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. Thatís all the synopsis needed.

The one scene I cringed at was when Darth Vader, in the suit, cried, "NOOOOO!!" That just didn't seem or sound right to come from "the suited" Vader. It was cool when you could see the walls get dented by his anger, and him breaking free from the operating table (which seemed a little "Frankenstein" to me). But when I heard the "NOOOOO!!" it almost ruined the movie.

I'm still feeling depressed about the whole thing, especially the why he turned to the Dark Side. Poor Padme, poor Anakin, it was all out of love, and misunderstandings, and jealousy, and suspicion, that stuff gets me every time. So sad!!! I don't think I'll ever be able to watch the original trilogy the same way, knowing how and why Vader turned and how he "killed" Padme. The younglings scene was sad, too ... I'm glad we didn't witness the execution. That would have been unbearable.

Now the original trilogy has a whole new meaning and outlook, and makes Vader's final turn back to the good side in "Jedi" that much more powerful, knowing full well that he "killed" his wife, his love ... and then witnessing Palpatine's brutal, maniacal torture of his long-lost son (who wants to save him, sensing good in him ... and calling, crying out in pain for help), and not wanting to make the same mistake twice. That was originally a "stand-up and cheer" moment ... but now, I know when I watch it, I will remember the love that Anakin and Padme had, and how happy they'd been, and how he just saved their creation from death ... that will now be a "tear-jerking/tears of joy" moment Ö me being a silly hopeless romantic and all.

I would have liked to have seen Qui-Gon in hologram-form, if only for a moment.

Chewbacca's time on screen was wasted ... and no lines and only a brief cameo by Tarkin? That was a bit of a bummer too.

There were many, many super cool aspects in Episode III. And even though it did make some of us sad, it just goes to show how much of an affect all these characters have on us. George Lucas has been slammed about his inability to write convincing emotional dialogue lately ... and to a certain degree I will agree ... but he still can write a good story. I still felt the conflict in Anakin, I still felt Padme's heart break, and if I hadnít left the theatre feeling empty and lost, I would have been disappointed that the film didn't do its job properly.

But like we are reminded, fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side. Clear your mind of such things because we know fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering. Let us rejoice and be happy for the positive things and be glad that in our children, hope for redemption lies.