This is the moment I was talking about earlier. Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith will be remembered for THIS one moment, this is what will make your gut wrench. The scenes of the Jedi-Purge across the Galaxy. Absolutely, heart wrenching. Breathtaking CGI and FANTASTIC SCORE from John Williams, as the music is turned up loud and Anakin Marches towards the Jedi Temple, we have scenes from across the galaxy from various worlds as many high-profile Jedi meet their doom at the hands of the now order-66 controlled Stormtroopers it's heartbreaking. It really is.
Anakin walks into the Jedi Council as a cute-as-buttons little Jedi walks up and asks "Master Anakin" what to do. Anakin ignites his lightsaber the Female Audience in my screening literally went "oh fuck" loudly and we cut to Yoda who drops his walking stick and we have the first ever star-wars moment, where Yoda deserves an Academy Award for the look on his face.
It's the moment of the movie for me and it will twist your gut. You realize now, Anakin will do anything to save Padme. Absolutely. Anything. Yoda now realizes this from half-way across the galaxy. The clones start to turn on Yoda, but he bests them with a couple of lightsaber-induced decapitations (I forget what the count is now there's a drinking game in this movie for it, that’s for sure. Take a shot each time someone looses their noggin) We have a pained look on Yoda's face and we cut to Obi-Wan.
Just as he gets his lightsaber (which fell over the ledge in his battle with Grievous remember? that’s why he used the Gun. "How Uncivilized" that was the line) the clones receive the order from Palpatine, and Obi-Wan bites the dust from Gunfire, plummets down the HUGE Utapu sinkhole, and with a splash that’s the end of Obi-Wan or is it?
We cut to Padme, watching out her window the Jedi Temple, burning in the distance she begins to cry, and Anakin turns up. she's worried about him, because of the fires he says not to worry, the Jedi have turned on Palpatine but it's all good, he's saved the day Padme does her "What the?.." moment, and Anakin informs her, that he has to go wipe out all the Separatists on Mustafer for the Chancellor, then he can "save her from dying in child birth" (seriously, they say that line a "little" too much for my liking) Padme can't quite get to grips with what Anakin has done, and doesn't believe the Jedi would do such a thing Anakin hasn't got time, he's got a-killing-to-be-a-doing so leaves with R2 and in his ship, he flees off for Mustafer.
We cut back to the senate, where we get a random scene with Bail Organa, who turns up and is ordered to "Return home" by the Stormtroopers, we have a random Jedi Padawan (the son of Lucas I was told later) as a pointless scene taking out stormtroopers, before he too bites the dust. Bail witnesses all this and takes off.
(If George Lucas has cut any decent MEATY scenes from this movie to put that scene in, I'll be rather annoyed.)
We cut back to Yoda, who has escaped with the wookie’s to his little ship, obviously hard to have any dialogue here, the whole Wookie thing wasn't well-thought out to be honest you really needed Threepio there to translate or something but anyway, Yoda fly’s off and we're away to Mustafer, as Anakin arrives and takes out the Separatists one by one, who have just been informed by Lord Sidious that "My new apprentice Darth Vader will be there shortly to take care of the situation" - quite cool to FINALLY hear Vader’s name spoken by Palpatine/Sidious again very nice. No Dialogue, just more Decapitations and Death, as Nute Gunray begs for his life but gets sliced in half. Anakin mugs the camera and we see his "Sith Eyes" on for the first time cool moment in the trailer cool moment now.
Back to Obi-Wan who gets a message from Bail Organa that he's picking him up, he's got Yoda onboard (who escaped the Wookie Planet) and they all meet up on the Episode IV ship - and Yoda is worried about what’s going on. Bail informs Yoda that Palpatine has made an "emergency" senate meeting to declare himself Emperor - neither suspect Anakin has anything to do with this, but as they arrive at the Jedi Temple (back on Coruscant) all is not well. The come across hundreds of dead Jedi Children, Obi-Wan says the damage was done by a lightsaber, not a blaster and as they go to "recalibrate the order 66 to save whatever Jedi are left from certain doom". (note here, and OBVIOUS illusion that not all the Jedi are going to be killed at this point even though all the high-profile movie Jedi have all had scenes of being killed even the hot-blue-twilek Aayla Secura has met her doom evidently, the Order 66 has been 'recalibrated' to save whoever is left (can anyone say TV series?). This is a pretty awful scene to be honest and now we have Obi-Wan watching a holographic recording of Anakin taking out various Jedi, and watching the whole "You will now be called Lord Vader" scene it's not nearly as good as it sounds, but Yoda saves the horrid-acting-day with a "talk with Palpatine I will" line, which alludes to the fact, he's going to kick some ass.
We FINALLY get Ewan back into acting mode, as he BEGS Yoda not to have to go find Anakin - he doesn't want to kill him, he is his brother Yoda says Palpatine is too strong, and Obi-Wan (after kicking hordes of Stormtroopers, a Droid General and half a friggin droid army) is apparently not strong enough. Well come now Yoda surely if Mace bloody Windu can best-Palpatine, you'll kick his arse right?
Obi-Wan reluctantly decides to track down Anakin, but has to figure out where he has gone he meets with Padme, but she won't tell him where Anakin has gone (basically lies, tells him she doesn't know she doesn't trust the Jedi now either)that is until Obi-Wan tells her that Anakin has turned to the dark side, he killed all the little Jedi-Kids and Padme now has the same choice Anakin had. Does she believe her "heart" which tells her Anakin is a good person, or believe the now very dodgy Jedi they seriously are made out to be an untrustworthy lot. We have a nice Senate scene, as Palpatine has recovered from his Gollumn-esque screaming, and switches back to the "Emperor" mode, declaring a new Galactic "Empire" of which he will rule, and the Jedi will all be killed, because they tried to kill him. Makes Sense.
He has some outstanding lines here Padme is there in the senate "This is how an Empire is formed, to rapturous applause" with Bail, and we then have her and Threepio leaving, as she says she's off to go and find Anakin, and find out what is going on. Obi-Wan is scene sneaking aboard Padme's ship and hides in a small space, as Padme and Threepio blast off for Mustafer.
Yoda is next, it's time for him to kick some ass once more, and he turns up and informs Palpatine, that his rule is at and end and a short one it will be. Palpatine thinks differently and owns Yoda with force lightening. Pretty brutal to be honest Yoda for the next 4 or 5 minutes is made Palpatine’s bitch, as he informs him how long he's been "waiting to kill you, my little green friend"
We cut to Padme arriving on Mustafer, and Anakin meets her, there's a bit of cheese here, as we do the 'talking heads' thing between the two a couple of horrid lines from Padme, Anakin has a ripper of a line "We can rule the Galaxy together" Padme does her "What the?!" face. Obi-Wan lets everyone know he's arrived (a nice shot of him just standing and looking at Anakin obviously unsure of what to do) Anakin thinks Padme has brought Obi-Wan here to kill him, he begins to choke her (this is where the movie hits the PG-13 portion) Obi-Wan asks him to stop, he ignites his lightsaber. Padme drops to the floor, we get a couple of nicely acted and delivered lines here from Anakin, and the battle to "apparently" end them all is on.
Back now to Yoda, who kicks back into gear, force-pushes Palpatine across the room, and gets up. Palpatine "does a Grievous" and cowardly tries to run away from Yoda, Yoda stops him at the door ignites his lightsaber, and THIS battle which DOES end them all is on and it's WAY better than the Dooku one, Yoda is no longer a jumping foot-high gimp, he's a Jedi-Master, and although doesn't really best Palpatine at any stage (which is a bit odd, considering Mace Windu had no trouble I mean, this IS Yoda) there are some cool moments, one especially as the fight on top of Palpatine’s senate pod, as it raises into the senate arena very cool moment.
Back to "The Duel" - which sorry to say isn't all I thought it would be, very static camera shots there's no dialogue it's just all action, and it's goodvery CGI heavy, but yeah, it's all a bit "meh" to be honest right up until a whole tone of lava flows over a section of the floor their fighting on, it begins to melt a HUGE lava-fall is soon approaching, so they all abandon this platform floor, and jump onto floating debris on he lava bed. Now THIS part is where it gets cool finally.
Back to Yoda, who's getting his arse kicked by Palpatine, hurling HUGE senate pods at him. There's a cool moment where Yoda spins a senate pod back at a "pretty happy with himself" Palpatine - but to no avail, as Yoda gets knocked down some more by a couple of Lightsaber blows from Palpatine, looses his lightsaber and hits the deck (loosing his Jedi garb and all) crawls off away from the Sith Lord and into I guess, some kind of wall-hovel or something.
Back to the duel, which is FINALLY living up to it's name, as we get a bit of dialogue, and Anakin and Obi-Wan fight each other on the floating lava bed this is pretty cool. Obi-Wan takes his moment to jump aboard the "land" next to the Lava river and informs Anakin "There's no use, give up I have the higher ground" (thanks for letting us know what we can see for ourselves Obi-Wan) Anakin, pissed at Obi-Wan leaps and tries to kill him, Obi-Wan slices Anakin's legs off and he hits the ground, right next to the Lava River.
Another gut wrenching moment, as Obi-Wan looks on with sorrow at the legless Anakin, who screams at Obi-Wan that he hates him. At this point, you've either brought the whole "Anakin is doing this for Padme, it's at a means to an end" or you haven’t. I guess he hates him now, because he THINKS Obi-Wan has tried to twist Padme around to his thinking (by Obi-Wan telling Padme earlier on that her husband has turned to the Dark side) - I TRUELY believe even at THIS stage, Anakin doesn't believe he has turned to the dark side. I think that’s the key - even now, he's just doing this to save Padme, he doesn't care about peace in the Galaxy, or the Jedi or Palpatine. Padme is dying, he choked her, now he has to Kill Obi-Wan, so he can get the recipe off Palpatine to save Padme. It's all about what Anakin wants.
Ewan McGregor finally gets to collect his paycheck, so he decides to act and delivers some gut wrenching lines to Anakin, who begins to catch on fire because he's slipping so close to the lava seriously, there's no cut scenes the dude IGNITES right in front of us, he begins to burn alive screams and Obi-Wan just turns his back and walks away heartless absolutely heartless.
Obi-Wan goes back to the shuttle, Threepio and R2 are there to greet him, he boards Padre’s ship, with her lying unconscious and they take off.
We cut back to the senate, where a pod-full of stormtroopers have been searching for Yoda, Palpatine orders them to keep hunting while he senses Anakin needs his help, so he gives an order to ready him a shuttle.
We cut to Yoda who gets a call from Bail Organa, Yoda jumps out of the wall he was crawling along, outside, into Bail's floating car thing informs Bail he has failed and they take off to get the hell off Coruscant.
We're back to Mustafer, as a charred and graphically scarred Anakin is struggling to crawl along the land, next to the lava river Palpatine’s shuttle turns up and we have a spine-chilling scene of Palpatine kneeling down next to the dying Anakin, and orders a life pod for him, to take him back to Coruscant.
We cross back to Obi-Wan Meeting up with the escaping Yoda and Bail in an asteroid field, as Padme lies on a table, a Medical-Robot informs us that she is dying, and they need to operate "She has lost the will to live" we're told. It's pretty gut wrenching to be honest.
We cut to Anakin, being taken off Palatine’s ship all charred and dying, still alive and being taken to Palatine’s Frankenstein-ish medical table.
We cut back to Padme on the table, dying she goes into labor (yes, we get a BIRTH acted to us in Star Wars. Christ it seems kinda weird to be honest) we cut back to Anakin, now part-Vader screaming, as he's operated on in the Frankenstein-room, this is pretty scary stuff he's still moving around on the table, in pain while they attach a new Arm and leg for him screaming and so forth. Back to Padme, who's screaming because she's having twins, they're both delivered she names them (in a fairly uncomfortable and seemingly odd way) and she tells Obi-Wan there is still good in Anakin, even now and she dies.
Back to Vader, who now is almost completed - we get another spine-chilling moment as the Iconic mask is lowered on his face, and for the FIRST time, we get an idea of what Vader's world looks like through HIS eyes, as the masks eyes (from the inside) flicker to life and it's nothing but red colored and all computer-like (hence the, "See you, with my OWN eyes" line in Episode VI)
We cut back to Padme, now on her Funeral Bed on Naboo, in a Parade full of people, we cut back to Vader rising on his Frankenstein operating table, and asks the Emperor "What happened to Padme" - Palpatine informs Vader that HE killed him, and we get a "No it's not true" from Vader (all deep voiced) Palpatine smiles, says nothing then we get unintentionally funny moment number 3, as Vader Rips his arms out of the operating table, stumbles forward Frankenstein-like, begins to force-crush everything in the room and screams an all James-Earl-Jones-voiced "Noooooooooooooo" all while Palpatine smiles evilly next to him.
It's kinda cheesy, it won't be the "Birth of Vader" moment SOME were hoping for, but there's NO other way to do a scene like that, so it's not all bad just good not great.
We cut back to Bails ship, where Yoda says they need to go into hiding, Obi-Wan agrees Yoda informs Obi-Wan that he has training from his old Master, Qui-Gon, on how to gain "Eternal life" - and will teach him how to communicate with him. Bail agrees to take Leia, Yoda tells Obi-Wan to take Luke to Anakin’s family on Tatooine and Bail gives the droids to a certain Captain aboard the ship, and as an off-the-cuff remark to Threepio, tells him to wipe his memory but R2 evidently gets to keep his.
The last line is an "Oh No" from Anthony Daniels, then we cut to Vader, Palpatine and Tarkin on the Bridge of a Star Destroyer, watching over the construction of the "Death Star" in the background, we cut to Bail arriving on his home world (Alderaan) with Leia, and he and his Wife dote over the baby girl. We cut to Tatooine, and Obi-Wan gives Baby Luke to Aunt Beru and we have a rehash of the Luke/Sunset moment in A New Hope, as Aunt Beru, and Uncle Owen stare into the Sunset, as Obi-Wan rides away and roll credits.
The End of Star Wars.
My final thoughts - If you BUY into Anakin’s reasoning for choosing Palpatine over the Jedi, (His love for Padme, and his one focus that everything he does, no matter what he had to save her) then you'll enjoy this movie .some audience members I spoke to afterwards, just didn't buy it. So they were lost from the start.
Overall, acting was about as much as you could expect there were moments (most notably the opening first 15-20minutes and the last 15-20minutes) where it was spot on from Ewan, Hayden and Co.
The whole reason why Palpatine has his raisin face, is VERY poor but I guess it works. I didn't buy that Mace could take out Palpatine so easily, and yet Yoda got owned by him so badly and I was kinda bummed that "THE Duel" was only FANTASTIC from the second half of it, the first portion was kinda "meh"
Yoda's duel with the Sith Lord Sidious is absolutely fantastic, as is the opening sequence with the rescue of Palpatine - I wanted MORE of the Kashyyyk battle but I guess MOST of all, as I've mentioned the "Jedi Purge" is just heartbreaking it's so well done. It's a 2-3min portion of the movie which is PURE Star Wars in its execution, and it's beautiful - and at the same time gutting. Anakin IS Vader at this moment, the clones ARE Stormtroopers - and the Jedi all of a sudden, can have all the Midichlorians they like, they're still screwed, because Palpatine IS the Emperor - and despite some uncomfortable moments Ian McDiarmid, steals the show both Character and acting-wise, but he's only gets that nod ahead of Yoda, because he's digital. Let’s face it though, this is Yoda's movie to shine and he does.
Overall, this is the BEST of the prequels, I have no doubt about that. It's THE most Star-Warsy of the 3 and has little to no Jar Jar, there's no Qui Gon (he'll be in the DVD I'd expect) which is sad but Obi-Wan has ALL the best lines, the humor is left to R2 D2 which is perfect, and it works really well and the Droid General is a Slimy Coward, which is so cool .but whoa, those Jedi Purge scenes are fantastic. They WILL be what this movie is remembered for, Yoda's face his reaction, Anakin and the Kids .it's heartbreaking, moving and just amazing.
PG-13 - you betcha, it's VERY graphic at the end if that’s what you're looking for, then you're going to get it. There are decapitations galore, and a cool "Oh Shit" moment with Yoda, when he takes out a whole tone of clones outside the Jedi Temple, jumping up and thrusting his lightsaber into one Stormtroopers chest!! (when they return to find out what Anakin has been up to)
This is NO Empire Strikes Back, but it is also no Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions. This is the Star Wars many have wanted, whether they LIKE how it is presented to them, is another matter. Did I like it? Absolutely is it all I expected? Absolutely.
It is what it is.
I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has.