One of the many criticisms of the Star Wars prequels is Lucas’ over-reliance on CGI and not enough on plot and characterization. This is largely true in my opinion, though after rewatching Revenge of the Sith, I think they did a good job of showing Anakin’s decent into the dark side. His final step, though, was a doozy. Anakin went from feeling guilty about killing Count Dooku, an unarmed prisoner, to killing Mace because he was about do the same to Palpatine. Then his first act as Darth Vader was to kill the younglings in the Jedi Temple. That is a large leap, but I’m okay with that. Anakin/Vader is willing to do anything to save Padmé. I believed his motives and the seduction of the dark side.
The other criticisms of the prequels – bad acting and dreadful dialogue – reoccur in Episode III as well. Anytime Anakin and Padmé are on the screen together you cringe. And, this is probably just me, but I also thought Kenobi was far more jovial in the prequels than the grumpy old Jedi in the original trilogy, but maybe losing a war and living on a desert planet for 20 years will turn anyone grumpy.
Fortunately, Anakin and Padmé aren’t on the screen together very often. Instead, we are treated to almost non-stop action of war and betrayal – by Anakin and the clone army. R2-D2’s and Yoda’s awesomeness are on full display in Revenge of the Sith. Combining action with Anakin’s embracing the dark side makes this the only prequel worth watching.
Up Next: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (Yay! The Original)
WWYT Rating: 7.0
IMDB Rating: 7.7