Movie Review: "Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" (2005)

Updated on March 19, 2020
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"Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" steelbook Blu-ray cover.
"Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" steelbook Blu-ray cover. | Source

Quick Info

Director: George Lucas
Distributor: LucasFilm, formerly 20th Century Fox
Released: November 15th, 2015 on blu-ray, November 1st, 2005 on DVD
Runtime: 140 minutes
Availability: On blu-ray, DVD, digital and streaming on Disney+

Story Summary

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi rescue Chancellor Palpatine after he is kidnapped by the cyborg General Grievous and Count Dooku. After Dooku is killed and Grievous escapes, Anakin Skywalker returns to Coruscant and begins to have dreams about his secret wife Padmé Amidala dying in childbirth. He searches for a way to prevent his dreams from becoming a reality, even as Darth Sidious puts his plan in motion to make Anakin his new apprentice.

The Story Isn’t Perfect, but I Love It!

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is my favorite Star Wars movie, and it’s not just because I like the Prequel trilogy. I enjoyed the story because it has an interesting premise despite a flawed execution at times, but it really does work when you take in the Prequel trilogy as a whole, rather than each episode separately.

The writing is good, but the dialogue can be awkward at times. George Lucas is the king of wooden dialogue, so the writing doesn’t always sound natural, but it is solid when it comes to the story.

It’s an interesting take on the tragic hero and I enjoyed the story, even if the writing wasn’t the most amazing aspect of the story.

I enjoyed the story and that’s the most important aspect of Star Wars to me. It’s a great story even if the execution isn’t perfect. It’s a memorable story that Star Wars fans have been divided on, but it’s still an interesting story.

"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" - Trailer

The Visual Effects Hold Up, but There Are Some Mistakes

The visual effects for Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) still looks pretty good. They are an interesting mix of both practical effects and CGI, but they did rely on frequently using green screens and compositing for the visual effects.

While most of it looks good, there are some scenes where you can see the blue screen that is mentioned in the blu-ray and DVD commentary, so they hadn’t mastered the art perfectly. Some of the character head replacements look weird and you can definitely tell that it’s CGI, so it hasn’t quite held up.

One of the amazing aspects of the film is the fight choreography for Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan on Mustafar at the film’s climax. All of the choreography was done in real-time and not sped up. The choreography was very well done and made the fight exciting. It was amazing to watch.

The visual effects are still good but not perfect. They do hold up but if you know what to look for, you can see some mistakes that still made it into the final cut of the film.

The Acting Is Good but the Dialogue Is Stiff

I do like the actors and they are talented people, but the delivery is stiff because the dialogue is written in a style that doesn’t always sound natural when it’s spoken out loud.

Hayden Christensen did a decent job as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader. His acting did improve compared to his acting in Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002). His acting is okay, but when he starts to get angry, he starts to sound more whiney than angry and it does become distracting.

His acting when it comes to his body language is great though, and it’s one of the memorable things about his performance as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, besides the memes.

Natalie Portman did as well as she did during the previous film. She still had to deliver awkward lines from the script. Some of her delivery does feel awkward but she did what George Lucas wanted and it was okay. She wasn't amazing, but she was okay.

Ewan McGregor did a fantastic job as Obi-Wan Kenobi. I enjoyed his performance in this movie. He did a good job with the dialogue, awkward lines and all. He gave the best performance out of all the actors and did a great job in this movie.

Ian McDiarmid is wonderfully hammy as Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. He gave a great performance that makes up most of the Star Wars Prequel memes because of his performance.

He did a great job, despite the dialogue not being the most amazing aspect of the script. I liked his performance and he was entertaining.

The acting in Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) isn’t amazing and it won’t blow you away, but there are some good performances and some okay performances. The hokey dialogue does detract from the performances because it pulls you out of the acting because you’re thinking about how silly some of the dialogue is.

Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's climactic battle on Mustafar.
Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi's climactic battle on Mustafar. | Source

John Williams - Battle of the Heroes (Official Audio)

The Soundtrack Is Amazing!

John Williams’ score is amazing. His musical scores have always been wonderful to listen to, but he’s well known for both Star Wars and Indiana Jones films and the music is memorable and emotional.

The soundtrack is wonderfully memorable and emotional. John Williams uses both old and new musical pieces that capture the emotional impact of the story, even if the acting is a little hokey at times.

The musical score is emotionally moving and is one of the highlights of the film. It’s one that is worth buying separately if you collect soundtracks.

I know, I know, you watched for the memes.
I know, I know, you watched for the memes. | Source

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The Acting Is Hokey at Times

Star Wars films aren’t really known for amazing acting. The dialogue is hokey and doesn’t sound natural. The wooden dialogue also makes the movie feel unnatural when you hear the actors speaking it.

The acting can be distracting because it feels awkward at times and some people don’t like that. It’s one of the reasons people don’t like this movie. It doesn’t bother me enough but I understand why people don’t like this movie.

The Movie Is Enjoyable but Not Everyone Will Like It

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) is a great movie that I enjoyed. It’s not a perfect masterpiece but it did connect to the Original Trilogy and was a nice sendoff for George Lucas’ Prequel Trilogy.

This is my favorite Star Wars movie, and I’ll always love it. Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) is not a perfect movie, it isn’t a masterpiece of filmmaking and it never won the Academy Award for Best Picture. However, it’s my favorite Star Wars movie and the Sequel Trilogy didn’t change my mind for what my favorite Star Wars entry is.

It’s a great story that is held back by some of the writing and dialogue delivery, but it’s still fun even if it’s hammy. I’ll always be fond of it, and not just for the Prequel memes.

Quick Summary

What Works:
What Doesn't Work:
Interesting take on the tragic hero
Hokey dialogue and awkward acting is distracting for some performances
Good acting for some performances
Some CGI effects didn't quite work
Good visual effects most of the time
Amazing soundtrack

My Grade: A-

Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) was George Lucas’ send off to Star Wars, and while it may not be his best work, it’s still an entertaining movie. It has so much heart and emotion in it, but the execution does drag the film down because you can be pulled out of it by the awkward dialogue and the acting.

This film is visually amazing, even if some of it wasn’t implemented perfectly, some of the CGI looks old now but the fight choreography and the space battles are breathtaking and stunning.

It’s a very memorable Star Wars film and my personal favorite, but is it worth your time and money? Maybe your time if you have Disney+ or if you borrow it from your local library, it is worth your money if you enjoyed it. Stream it if you have Disney’s streaming service already or borrow it from your local library and buy it if you enjoyed it.

It’s worth buying if you’re a fan of Star Wars and you enjoyed the Prequel Trilogy. It’s my favorite Star Wars film and I’m very happy that I have the blu-ray in my movie collection.

My Rating

5 stars for Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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