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The UnPopular Opinion: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

04.23.2015

THE UNPOPULAR OPINION is an ongoing column featuring different takes on films that either the writer HATED, but that the majority of film fans LOVED, or that the writer LOVED, but that most others LOATHED. We're hoping this column will promote constructive and geek fueled discussion. Enjoy!

****SOME SPOILERS ENSUE****

With the reveal of the new teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS last week, a wave of nostalgia came over me. Seeing Harrison Ford back in action as Han Solo reminded me of how great the original trilogy was and is to this day. So, along with my son, we began revisiting all of the STAR WARS saga from THE PHANTOM MENACE through RETURN OF THE JEDI. In watching all six film, I found that my rankings of the movies has altered as years go by. While I still defend the prequels as being worthy additions to the STAR WARS saga, I have always leaned towards the classic films as my favorites. Now, with a decade having passed since the release of STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH, I can say with certainty that I now hold the final prequel in higher esteem than I previously did. I know that it is not the unpopular opinion to consider REVENGE OF THE SITH to be the best of the prequels but I am here to tell you that it is the best STAR WARS film after THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

I know, you are already slamming your fists on the keyboard and swearing that my blasphemy will not stand, but I am telling you that STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH is George Lucas at the height of his directorial abilities and melds everything he wanted to do with the prequels with what made the original films so great. There is a great deal of special effects wizardry on display in this film but it also manages to get right what the first two prequels were unable to fully execute: Anakin Skywalker.

Where the original trilogy focused on Luke, the prequels have made Anakin the focal point. In THE PHANTOM MENACE, he was just a little kid being swept along with the galactic politics that introduced us to the Republic and the Jedi's place in the grand scheme of things. There was a specific order to things in the world that felt more like the setting of a chessboard with cheesy dialogue. ATTACK OF THE CLONES took that to the next level and gave us a pedantic teen version of Anakin who was forced to wrestle with his emotional growth and desire for power. Many disliked Hayden Christensen's performance but he was truly playing the part. In STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH, Anakin is an adult, having served in the Clone Wars and grown under the tutelage of Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. We find him on the precipice of becoming Darth Vader and it could not be more thrilling.

What makes THE FORCE AWAKEN trailers look so good is the more subtle use of special effects than we saw in the prequels. The pervasive use of green screen turned many fans off the way THE HOBBIT did for LORD OF THE RINGS fans. But, unlike Peter Jackson's films, the visual style of the prequels differs dramatically from the original trilogy. In STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH, those disparate visuals begin to converge and represent a true prequel to A NEW HOPE. Characters begin to align with where we find them in the 1977 film and seeing the birth of Luke and Leia brings that wave of nostalgia, that singular emotional pull we had wanted through EPISODE I and II all along. George Lucas nails it with this film.

Whereas the original trilogy had a focal good versus evil narrative that pit the Rebels against the Empire (and Luke against Vader), the prequels were all about the fall of Anakin Skywalker. STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH would have been better subtitled THE FALL OF SKYWALKER because that is what this movie is all about. In ATTACK OF THE CLONES, the scene where Anakin tells Padme about how he slaughtered the Sandpeople who killed his mother was a shocking scene and a truly dark moment for the series. But, nothing could have prepared us for the massacre at the Jedi Temple where Anakin murders all of the young padawans. It was the darkest sequence in the STAR WARS saga and handled beautifully by George Lucas. You truly feel the pain endured by Anakin.

But. the true gem in the film is the closing battle between Anakin and Obi-wan. Ewan McGregor has long been my absolute favorite aspect of the prequels and ranks as one of the best STAR WARS characters of all time. In fact, I would put him slightly above Sir Alec Guinness simply because of how strongly he embodied the original character as well as made it his own. Seeing a Jedi fight his apprentice and the heartbreaking way McGregor screams "you were the chosen one!" ranks as one of the best moments in the films. Even the "death" of Anakin followed by the rise of Darth Vader was done perfectly as a homage to James Whale's 1931 FRANKENSTEIN. Many hate the way James Earl Jones yells at learning of Padme's death but I found it worked. Remember, this is not yet the Darth Vader we meet in A NEW HOPE. Anakin has only just donned the mask for the first time and is still the young man adjusting to becoming a full Sith Lord.

Everything from John Williams' score to the final act ushering the Skywalker twins to their new homes is full of nostalgia while remaining the perfect bridge between the old and the new. George Lucas could have used some oversight in editing and restructuring the first two prequel films but STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH should remain untouched. There are so many moments in this film that work: Yoda's battle with Palpatine, Palpatine's transformation and the death of Mace Windu, the romance between Anakin and Padme, the introduction of Bail Organa. The list can go on. It is because of all of these moments and how cohesively they work that this movie represents Lucas' greatest film achievement as a director. You can argue that THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the best STAR WARS film, but it is not the best George Lucas film. You can say A NEW HOPE set the tone and works the best as a pure movie, but if Lucas had had the tools at his disposal that he had when making the prequels, we may be singing a very different tune today.

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3:21PM on 04/24/2015

Best of the prequels yes...

but better than the original holy trilogy?

NnnnoOoOoOoOoOoO!!!
but better than the original holy trilogy?

NnnnoOoOoOoOoOoO!!!
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12:43PM on 04/24/2015
It's the best of the three prequels, but with some major flaws.

I'll give it this, I really liked how they tied this in with Episodes IV, V, and VI. The last scene in particular, ends where A New Hope begins. They nailed it in that regard. There's one small detail which I always enjoyed: when Darth Vader first appears, the first thing he does is ask about Padme. It just shows he's not a one-note evil bastard. I'll also say that General Grievous was badass though underused.

But then
It's the best of the three prequels, but with some major flaws.

I'll give it this, I really liked how they tied this in with Episodes IV, V, and VI. The last scene in particular, ends where A New Hope begins. They nailed it in that regard. There's one small detail which I always enjoyed: when Darth Vader first appears, the first thing he does is ask about Padme. It just shows he's not a one-note evil bastard. I'll also say that General Grievous was badass though underused.

But then there's the bad acting and writing to contend with. Not the actor's fault; it has never been Lucas' strength. And then there's the fact that almost the whole movie is people standing in front of green screens (seriously, they barely interact with anything). It's too noticeable and ruins the experience a bit.

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3:04AM on 04/24/2015

Still a steaming pile

There are a few moments in this movie that are ok. But overall - it is a spew fest still. Never a worse trilogy could have been predicted.
There are a few moments in this movie that are ok. But overall - it is a spew fest still. Never a worse trilogy could have been predicted.
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11:16PM on 04/23/2015

A whole that was less than the sum of its parts

For every great moment in REVENGE OF THE SITH (or REVENGE OF THE SMITHS, as my friends called it) there were at least three moments that totally brought it down. You could really see the cast struggling with the lines; I'd say only Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid did well. Anakin Skywalker's shift to the Dark Side was very abrupt and George Lucas didn't give Hayden Christensen enough direction to sell his transition. Lucas had a lot of ground to cover in REVENGE and he did so badly; Padme's
For every great moment in REVENGE OF THE SITH (or REVENGE OF THE SMITHS, as my friends called it) there were at least three moments that totally brought it down. You could really see the cast struggling with the lines; I'd say only Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid did well. Anakin Skywalker's shift to the Dark Side was very abrupt and George Lucas didn't give Hayden Christensen enough direction to sell his transition. Lucas had a lot of ground to cover in REVENGE and he did so badly; Padme's death, the birth of Luke and Leia plus the formation of the Rebellion seemed like afterthoughts.

And when I saw REVENGE, the theatre erupted in hoots of laughter when Vader said, "Nooooo!" after he learned Padme was dead.
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10:55PM on 04/23/2015
I am totally on board with this. I love Revenge of the Sith and I believe it redeemed the prequel trilogy. I would go as far to say it is tied with Return of the Jedi for my second favorite Star Wars movie. I love A New Hope as well, but Sith told the story I always wanted to see and told it well. It corrected all the plot holes and melded the prequels with the original trilogy pretty seamlessly.
I am totally on board with this. I love Revenge of the Sith and I believe it redeemed the prequel trilogy. I would go as far to say it is tied with Return of the Jedi for my second favorite Star Wars movie. I love A New Hope as well, but Sith told the story I always wanted to see and told it well. It corrected all the plot holes and melded the prequels with the original trilogy pretty seamlessly.
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6:40PM on 04/23/2015

Agreed

Easily, easily the best prequel. Didn't realize that was overly controversial.
Easily, easily the best prequel. Didn't realize that was overly controversial.
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6:00PM on 04/23/2015
I thought Revenge of the Sith had the most emotion out of any of the prequel films, but it also had the worst acting of the entire saga. It was as if everyone involved just said screw it. Natalie Portman for goodness sakes was even terrible. It was definitely the biggest fanboy service with Yoda facing Sidious and Obi-Wan and Anakin fighting in the most epic lightsaber battle. But calling it Lucas' directorial height? I think he achieved that in A New Hope.
I thought Revenge of the Sith had the most emotion out of any of the prequel films, but it also had the worst acting of the entire saga. It was as if everyone involved just said screw it. Natalie Portman for goodness sakes was even terrible. It was definitely the biggest fanboy service with Yoda facing Sidious and Obi-Wan and Anakin fighting in the most epic lightsaber battle. But calling it Lucas' directorial height? I think he achieved that in A New Hope.
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4:10PM on 04/23/2015
While it's true that all these scenes are good set pieces and needed to be in the film, I think the part you are missing is that the style in which they are done is cheesy as hell.
While it's true that all these scenes are good set pieces and needed to be in the film, I think the part you are missing is that the style in which they are done is cheesy as hell.
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5:43PM on 04/23/2015
All of them had a cheese factor though except for Empire. at this point I just feel its all part of the mythos. I think the new ones will alleviate that though, now that Lucas isn't attached.
All of them had a cheese factor though except for Empire. at this point I just feel its all part of the mythos. I think the new ones will alleviate that though, now that Lucas isn't attached.
3:25PM on 04/23/2015
I always felt that myself. Revenge of the sith IS the best Star Wars Flick (so far...) after Empire. A New hope I hold in high regard just because it was the first one. But it pales in terms of epic comparison to Empire or Sith. And Jedi was killed by the inclusion of the Ewoks. Clones was okay, while it no doubt had its problems it was definitely watchable and lastly is Phantom. (Which I sitll liked, but understood why it got the hate too.) Yes theres some hokiness throughout Sith, but
I always felt that myself. Revenge of the sith IS the best Star Wars Flick (so far...) after Empire. A New hope I hold in high regard just because it was the first one. But it pales in terms of epic comparison to Empire or Sith. And Jedi was killed by the inclusion of the Ewoks. Clones was okay, while it no doubt had its problems it was definitely watchable and lastly is Phantom. (Which I sitll liked, but understood why it got the hate too.) Yes theres some hokiness throughout Sith, but There's hokiness throughout all six films. But none of the films gave it more heart than Sith. Thats why it and Empire will always stand out as the two best. To me, anyway.
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3:14PM on 04/23/2015
I'd say 'Sith' is the 3rd or 4th best Star Wars film.
I'd say 'Sith' is the 3rd or 4th best Star Wars film.
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1:55PM on 04/23/2015
Gotta say there's only 20 mins of the film that are good. Same with Episode 2. Despite Jar Jar, Episode 1 at least felt like a part of the Star Wars universe. But none of the prequels come close to being better than the originals other than the lightsaber fights and John Williams
Gotta say there's only 20 mins of the film that are good. Same with Episode 2. Despite Jar Jar, Episode 1 at least felt like a part of the Star Wars universe. But none of the prequels come close to being better than the originals other than the lightsaber fights and John Williams
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1:42PM on 04/23/2015

Gas.

Episode II and Episode III were the worst of the prequel trilogy IMO. These two movies actually put me off of Star Wars, haven't watched any of them since hearing Darth Vader cry out "noooooo". That's how bad these (animated?) movies are. I know I'm way in the minority on this but Episode I is the only film of the prequels that actually felt like a Star Wars movie to me.

Two huge mistakes, George Lucas should have never been involved as writer or director and Hayden Christiansen. The
Episode II and Episode III were the worst of the prequel trilogy IMO. These two movies actually put me off of Star Wars, haven't watched any of them since hearing Darth Vader cry out "noooooo". That's how bad these (animated?) movies are. I know I'm way in the minority on this but Episode I is the only film of the prequels that actually felt like a Star Wars movie to me.

Two huge mistakes, George Lucas should have never been involved as writer or director and Hayden Christiansen. The absolute worst casting for Anakin Skywalker. All that whining made my blood boil every time he was on-screen... you could've replaced him with a ham and gotten a better performance.
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5:11PM on 04/23/2015
Indeed! Christensen was way worse than Jar Jar! At least Jar Jar could act and was just a secondary character. But Anakin... really George?! I'm supposed to believe this whiny pussy teenager is Darth Vader, the most bad ass villain in the galaxy?! He doesn't even talk the same way! I love you George but go back to writing school!
Indeed! Christensen was way worse than Jar Jar! At least Jar Jar could act and was just a secondary character. But Anakin... really George?! I'm supposed to believe this whiny pussy teenager is Darth Vader, the most bad ass villain in the galaxy?! He doesn't even talk the same way! I love you George but go back to writing school!
1:29PM on 04/23/2015

Ugh

Sorry can't get on board with you on this one; I seriously take exception to people saying it cleverly tied together the prequels and OT - to me it seemed like totally forced and badly written excuses for why things ended up like they do at the beginning of a new hope.
Sorry can't get on board with you on this one; I seriously take exception to people saying it cleverly tied together the prequels and OT - to me it seemed like totally forced and badly written excuses for why things ended up like they do at the beginning of a new hope.
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1:28PM on 04/23/2015
It was an OK movie, but some scenes are so ridiculous that they have a very bad impact on the overall experience. Sidious killing 3 jedi who apparently were on union break at that precise moment. Yoda literally waiting and almost asking for Sidious to Sith lightning him. And the worst of all, the scene where Anakin turns to the dark side (probably the most crucial moment of the prequels). Christensen's acting is so bad that it's almost painful to watch!
It was an OK movie, but some scenes are so ridiculous that they have a very bad impact on the overall experience. Sidious killing 3 jedi who apparently were on union break at that precise moment. Yoda literally waiting and almost asking for Sidious to Sith lightning him. And the worst of all, the scene where Anakin turns to the dark side (probably the most crucial moment of the prequels). Christensen's acting is so bad that it's almost painful to watch!
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1:14PM on 04/23/2015

critic suicide

is what im committing by saying this....the Ep 3 is my favorite of the entire star wars saga. now, before you spew obscenities at your monitor, be aware that i grew up with star wars with countless toys and viewings of the films....and there is no argument that the original trilogy is untouchable. "change" is an everpresent force that destiny endows us with, and it shouldnt be neglected. when you watch the original trilogy these days, it is mostly nostalgia, there is good action and
is what im committing by saying this....the Ep 3 is my favorite of the entire star wars saga. now, before you spew obscenities at your monitor, be aware that i grew up with star wars with countless toys and viewings of the films....and there is no argument that the original trilogy is untouchable. "change" is an everpresent force that destiny endows us with, and it shouldnt be neglected. when you watch the original trilogy these days, it is mostly nostalgia, there is good action and storytelling, but mainly it is the story that we are so familiar with and that familiarity is what is the most gratifying of feelings when watching those original 3 films. Ep 1/2 were probably misfires, with lucas trying to establish his precise vision and story, sacrificing a cohesive, rewarding movie. by Ep 3 lucas understood this was his last chance, as he had no other films greenlit, and he knew his shortcomings with the first two films. Ep 3, as a result, is probably the best blend of drama, action, storytelling, and audiovisual delight of all the star wars films, simply because while the story is great, it probably is not better than Ep 4/5, but not worse either. what Ep 3 has on Ep 4/5 is its modern technology and kickass action. i value those things. and the best thing about Ep 3 is that it is indeed a star wars film in the star wars universe. Ep 3 is simply the best modernized star wars film to date. for these reasons, Ep 7 too will be the an amazing experience.
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12:43PM on 04/23/2015
I wouldn't give it as much praise as the writer of this article, but I thought the movie was mostly decent. It gets unfairly lumped with the other two prequels. Some parts are definitely grating (dialog, Vader's scream, etc.) but there are also several moments that are very well done. The last frame had me in tears the first time I saw it. It's the 4th best Star Wars behind Return of the Jedi, but I would say it's almost as good as Jedi (though to be fair, Jedi would beat it by a mile if it
I wouldn't give it as much praise as the writer of this article, but I thought the movie was mostly decent. It gets unfairly lumped with the other two prequels. Some parts are definitely grating (dialog, Vader's scream, etc.) but there are also several moments that are very well done. The last frame had me in tears the first time I saw it. It's the 4th best Star Wars behind Return of the Jedi, but I would say it's almost as good as Jedi (though to be fair, Jedi would beat it by a mile if it wasn't for the damn Ewoks).
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12:30PM on 04/23/2015

I usually put it this way when talking about this movie...

I am not going to say it was the worst of the prequels, because it's not. It's the best. But that's like saying that eating dry shit is better than drinking fresh diarrhea.
I am not going to say it was the worst of the prequels, because it's not. It's the best. But that's like saying that eating dry shit is better than drinking fresh diarrhea.
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11:34AM on 04/23/2015

Mostly Agreed

I kind of, mostly agree with you here. I think it's the third best in the franchise (behind Empire and A New Hope, in that order), and it is the only one of the prequels that ever felt "Star Wars" to me, if that makes sense. However, I think you are being a bit generous in regards to the movie's faults- that "Nnnooo!", whether it is meant to be that same Vader we know or not, sounds hokey and fake. If it sounded different from Vader's original voice, but had true emotional weight and impact, it
I kind of, mostly agree with you here. I think it's the third best in the franchise (behind Empire and A New Hope, in that order), and it is the only one of the prequels that ever felt "Star Wars" to me, if that makes sense. However, I think you are being a bit generous in regards to the movie's faults- that "Nnnooo!", whether it is meant to be that same Vader we know or not, sounds hokey and fake. If it sounded different from Vader's original voice, but had true emotional weight and impact, it would've been amazing. As it is though, it sounds like a Resident Evil game voiceover, and that isn't good. Also, Lucas' depth of field in the prequels is very shallow, so even in this movie, the worlds that exist never felt as tangibly real as any in the originals. But, when this movie works- it has some of the best acting in the series; Padme's reveal that she's pregnant is amazing. When not given hokey, too on the nose dialogue, all these actors are good, and given that this is all with their faces and body language, it's amazing. And of course of everything about Ewan McGregor and his Obi Wan is fantastic.
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11:10AM on 04/23/2015

Real question:

Can you name a better movie than Sith, where the story is about the fall of a hero?
Can you name a better movie than Sith, where the story is about the fall of a hero?
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11:13AM on 04/23/2015
I get that Anakin was supposed to be a hero, but he was written like one, he wasn't a hero in those films. He was a whinny, brooding brat.
I get that Anakin was supposed to be a hero, but he was written like one, he wasn't a hero in those films. He was a whinny, brooding brat.
12:14PM on 04/23/2015
The Dark Knight.
The Dark Knight.
10:55AM on 04/23/2015
When comparing a pile of crap to another pile of crap, I understand that the one that stinks less might end up considered as "the best". But unless you're 12 years old, it is plain MADNESS to compare this horseshit with the original films. How!? I mean HOW in the world can you prefer terrible acting, one dimensional characters, horrible CG fest, bad pacing, cringeworthy dialogue, an endless stream of anticlimactic fights and overall plain horrendous filmaking to the original Star Wars and
When comparing a pile of crap to another pile of crap, I understand that the one that stinks less might end up considered as "the best". But unless you're 12 years old, it is plain MADNESS to compare this horseshit with the original films. How!? I mean HOW in the world can you prefer terrible acting, one dimensional characters, horrible CG fest, bad pacing, cringeworthy dialogue, an endless stream of anticlimactic fights and overall plain horrendous filmaking to the original Star Wars and Return Of The Jedi?! I really want to know, please. And how can you call the ending a "perfect bridge" when Owen and Beru Lars who are clearly teens in this film look like old people about to die in the next episode that's only set 19 years later... That adds bad writing and bad casting to the list!
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10:44AM on 04/23/2015
In hindsight, the prequels suffer from The Hobbit syndrome. Not enough material for three movies. You could argue that there were vastly better ways to bring about Vader, but two movies, tops, could have done that and also as a bonus there would have been less of that painful dialogue.
In hindsight, the prequels suffer from The Hobbit syndrome. Not enough material for three movies. You could argue that there were vastly better ways to bring about Vader, but two movies, tops, could have done that and also as a bonus there would have been less of that painful dialogue.
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10:14AM on 04/23/2015

the ending made me miss the originals

The movie may hold its own, but the prequels could have been a 1000 times better. Anakin was a pain to watch and it really didn't feel like he connected with Obi. When he finally did turn it didn't feel that surprising, we all expected it. Plus he killed younglings. Hey, we can't kill Palpatine without a trial but lets kill these children for no reason.
The movie may hold its own, but the prequels could have been a 1000 times better. Anakin was a pain to watch and it really didn't feel like he connected with Obi. When he finally did turn it didn't feel that surprising, we all expected it. Plus he killed younglings. Hey, we can't kill Palpatine without a trial but lets kill these children for no reason.
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10:12AM on 04/23/2015
I said it before and I'll say it again episode 3 is my favorite of the Star Wars movies followed by episode 5
I said it before and I'll say it again episode 3 is my favorite of the Star Wars movies followed by episode 5
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9:03AM on 04/23/2015
Agreed. I love the prequel trilogy maybe not as much as the originals but still think they are all great and while not my favorite of the prequels I think phantom menace was the best storyline wise. Sith is my favoriten people want to complain abiut them beingover the top but they forget much of the original trilogy was over the top brand new ways of doing things at the time they were made. Plus come on Sith is anakin turning to vader and essentially the end of the jedi order for a while, it
Agreed. I love the prequel trilogy maybe not as much as the originals but still think they are all great and while not my favorite of the prequels I think phantom menace was the best storyline wise. Sith is my favoriten people want to complain abiut them beingover the top but they forget much of the original trilogy was over the top brand new ways of doing things at the time they were made. Plus come on Sith is anakin turning to vader and essentially the end of the jedi order for a while, it had to be pretty damn huge and epic! Also absolutely agree with that Hayden Christiansen played the part perfectly.
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8:39AM on 04/23/2015
I enjoyed the third and loved the ending - still remember thinking this is great when watching everything fall in to place. Still, I did lean over to my brother and whisper...are they supposed to be wearing those uniforms for the next 20 or so years? Nit-picking at it's joyous best, eh? :o)
I enjoyed the third and loved the ending - still remember thinking this is great when watching everything fall in to place. Still, I did lean over to my brother and whisper...are they supposed to be wearing those uniforms for the next 20 or so years? Nit-picking at it's joyous best, eh? :o)
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9:10AM on 04/23/2015
The ending when Vader screams "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"? So cheezy and bad!
The ending when Vader screams "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"? So cheezy and bad!
8:39AM on 04/23/2015
Well it is popular I guess to hate on the prequel trilogy, but I am in agreement with you. I LIKED Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. It is one of my favorite Star Wars films after a New Hope. Empire Strikes Back is actually 3rd for me. One of the reason s ROTS is so good for me is that it is so far beyond The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. From story to performance to effects to pacing, the film works remarkably well.
Well it is popular I guess to hate on the prequel trilogy, but I am in agreement with you. I LIKED Star Wars Revenge of the Sith. It is one of my favorite Star Wars films after a New Hope. Empire Strikes Back is actually 3rd for me. One of the reason s ROTS is so good for me is that it is so far beyond The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones. From story to performance to effects to pacing, the film works remarkably well.
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8:26AM on 04/23/2015
Attack Of The Clones is my favourite of the prequel trilogy, but the whole trilogy was an unsatisfying experience.
It's like Lucas just lost the ability to use subtlety to powerful effect - had to overdo everything.
Obi Wan is tracking down General Grievous? Let's have him ride a giant whooping lizard then...
The real strength of the prequels, and where they got things right, is the beautiful design for the various worlds. Some of the environments they created were excellent, and that's the
Attack Of The Clones is my favourite of the prequel trilogy, but the whole trilogy was an unsatisfying experience.
It's like Lucas just lost the ability to use subtlety to powerful effect - had to overdo everything.
Obi Wan is tracking down General Grievous? Let's have him ride a giant whooping lizard then...
The real strength of the prequels, and where they got things right, is the beautiful design for the various worlds. Some of the environments they created were excellent, and that's the main reason I'm tolerant of the prequel trilogy - I'm certainly not there for the dialogue or random leaps in character motivation.
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8:22AM on 04/23/2015
I wouldn't say this is better than the original trilogy, but it is a damn good film. I was amazed at how moved I was with this film, from the order 66 scene, to when obi-wan has to tell padme about what anakin has done, to the final fight. It's really unlike any other blockbuster out there, since it's more of a tragedy story, and that's why I like it.
I wouldn't say this is better than the original trilogy, but it is a damn good film. I was amazed at how moved I was with this film, from the order 66 scene, to when obi-wan has to tell padme about what anakin has done, to the final fight. It's really unlike any other blockbuster out there, since it's more of a tragedy story, and that's why I like it.
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8:07AM on 04/23/2015
I agree with this pov not only is it a good movie but it bares repeat viewings which I've done.
I agree with this pov not only is it a good movie but it bares repeat viewings which I've done.
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7:02AM on 04/23/2015
Revenge of the Sith is easily the best of the prequel movies. Episode 1 was an atrocity, Episode 2 had a lot going on, but eventually just became so convoluted. Episode 3 was actually not too bad of a movie... it at least had the best story of the 3 prequels.

Really though, we know what the intention of the prequel trilogy was, and that was the same intention of Episode V, and especially Episode VI; George Lucas wanted to sell merchandise, particularly action-figures, and sell a SHIT LOAD of
Revenge of the Sith is easily the best of the prequel movies. Episode 1 was an atrocity, Episode 2 had a lot going on, but eventually just became so convoluted. Episode 3 was actually not too bad of a movie... it at least had the best story of the 3 prequels.

Really though, we know what the intention of the prequel trilogy was, and that was the same intention of Episode V, and especially Episode VI; George Lucas wanted to sell merchandise, particularly action-figures, and sell a SHIT LOAD of them. Naturally the capitalist consumer beast came out of the best of everyone, and ate that shit up (same goes with Transformers, Ninja Turtles, etc.)
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6:19AM on 04/23/2015
Sith is a nightmare.

The whole opening act doesn't make any sense, it's a convoluted nightmare if you think about what Palpatine is/was trying to accomplish.

The direction? The acting, aside from the brilliant Mcgregor was still stiff and boring, along with the dialogue. The ending fight scene? After the first two minutes you can just work on your taxes because it's drawn out so long that it doesn't even mean anything. The whole movie looks like a bad video game.

Oh there's also
Sith is a nightmare.

The whole opening act doesn't make any sense, it's a convoluted nightmare if you think about what Palpatine is/was trying to accomplish.

The direction? The acting, aside from the brilliant Mcgregor was still stiff and boring, along with the dialogue. The ending fight scene? After the first two minutes you can just work on your taxes because it's drawn out so long that it doesn't even mean anything. The whole movie looks like a bad video game.

Oh there's also Anakin's sudden and dumb turn to the dark side, Padme dying of a broken heart, and General Grevious slinging four lightsabers. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

And so because if a movie we love made in 1977 was made in 2005 it would be different, that means that it can't be better than the shitty movie we got in 2005? Whaaaat?
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7:04AM on 04/23/2015
I like your 'taxes' reference.
I like your 'taxes' reference.
1:20PM on 04/23/2015
Spot on!
Spot on!
3:41PM on 04/27/2015
Don't forget after the overly long duel, Obi-Wan wins because he has the high ground...
Don't forget after the overly long duel, Obi-Wan wins because he has the high ground...
6:11AM on 04/23/2015

I'm confused.

A movie with a rating of 80% on rotten tomatoes are you are trying to form a case that this is the un-popular opinion?
A movie with a rating of 80% on rotten tomatoes are you are trying to form a case that this is the un-popular opinion?
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4:54AM on 04/23/2015
Sorry, but in my opinion Lucas is not a good director. He fucked up to set the tone for the prequels, created cold ,unauthentic and weird acting characters (as seen in the love story for example). Also Anakin turning to the dark side was not plausible at all.
It's a dated vfx orgy with some neat designs, nothing more. Storytelling with characters is not Lucas' strong suit.
Sorry, but in my opinion Lucas is not a good director. He fucked up to set the tone for the prequels, created cold ,unauthentic and weird acting characters (as seen in the love story for example). Also Anakin turning to the dark side was not plausible at all.
It's a dated vfx orgy with some neat designs, nothing more. Storytelling with characters is not Lucas' strong suit.
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4:20AM on 04/23/2015

Out of your mind...

Saying any of the prequels is the best of the prequels is like polishing a piece of shit. It's still a piece of shit. All of the prequels are terrible movies. They are terribly written, the are terribly directed, they are terribly acted, plotted, the CGI is already dated. Why? Because they were written quickly (probably in just one draft) with no one questioning Lucas and then they were produced in big warehouses with tons of green screen that allowed Lucas to "direct" from his chair with his
Saying any of the prequels is the best of the prequels is like polishing a piece of shit. It's still a piece of shit. All of the prequels are terrible movies. They are terribly written, the are terribly directed, they are terribly acted, plotted, the CGI is already dated. Why? Because they were written quickly (probably in just one draft) with no one questioning Lucas and then they were produced in big warehouses with tons of green screen that allowed Lucas to "direct" from his chair with his coffee and nice air conditioning. Just step aside from the idea that these are "Star Wars movies" (even though they aren't - not one of them even comes close to the FEEL of a Star Wars movie), please. Just forget that they're supposed to be Star Wars movies only for a minute. Now what are you left with? BAD MOVIES. They are BAD MOVIES. Nonsensical plots with characters doing things that don't make any sense while giving exposition to each other with day-time soap style camera coverage. If people could separate their emotions and look at these movies objectively you'd have a lot less Prequel apologists. I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and these movies just don't make the cut. I'm serious, they don't exist to me. I do not accept them as canon...and not because they didn't JUST the point, but because they are BAD MOVIES. As Star Wars movies, they don't even come close! The spirit just isn't there and personally, the backstory that I imagined (that is actually quite communal when I talk to other Star Wars fans) is 10x better than what Lucas shat down on paper. So yeah, I guess Revenge of the Sith is the "best" of the prequels, but that ain't saying much. And it's nowhere near the second best Star Wars movie.
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1:43PM on 04/23/2015
Very, very well said! They are bad movies, PERIOD! So bad I don't consider them canon as well... Although I felt Phantom Menace was the most tolerable of the bunch as it was the one least connected to the original trilogy and also the one with less CG. Plus there was Liam Neeson in it! The scenes with Darth Maul and the podrace were never matched in terms of excitment by anything else than came after. Yes it had Jake Lloyd and some very un-star-warsy designs and we may argue that Jar Jar ruined
Very, very well said! They are bad movies, PERIOD! So bad I don't consider them canon as well... Although I felt Phantom Menace was the most tolerable of the bunch as it was the one least connected to the original trilogy and also the one with less CG. Plus there was Liam Neeson in it! The scenes with Darth Maul and the podrace were never matched in terms of excitment by anything else than came after. Yes it had Jake Lloyd and some very un-star-warsy designs and we may argue that Jar Jar ruined the film but I thought Christensen's portrayal of Anakin was wayyyy worse! Every single second of his acting was painful and cringeworthy. Nah, If I had a gun on my head, Episode I is by far the only prequel I would rewatch!
3:44PM on 04/27/2015
I actually agree with you. I think Episode I is the most tolerable. Episode II is the worst by far though IMO.
I actually agree with you. I think Episode I is the most tolerable. Episode II is the worst by far though IMO.
3:59AM on 04/23/2015

The best of the prequels

And a pretty decent Star Wars movie full stop. At least on par with Jedi.
And a pretty decent Star Wars movie full stop. At least on par with Jedi.
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6:49AM on 04/23/2015
Perfectly said.
Perfectly said.
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3:41AM on 04/23/2015
Thank you. I could not agree more. The final battle between Obi Wan and Anakin made it all worth while. To see these two in their prime go head to head was and still is awesome. After watching the Clone Wars series, it just made Anakin's fall all the more tragic.
Thank you. I could not agree more. The final battle between Obi Wan and Anakin made it all worth while. To see these two in their prime go head to head was and still is awesome. After watching the Clone Wars series, it just made Anakin's fall all the more tragic.
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3:23AM on 04/23/2015

Hells no

I have to disagree with several points in this article. I thought most of the big moments were botched - Vader being 'born' into his iconic suit straight away, as if it had been waiting for him, L&L's birth, their naming, Padme's death, Anakin's turn...all of it seemed half assed. Plus it didn't match up with what we knew from ANH. Lazy storytelling.
I have to disagree with several points in this article. I thought most of the big moments were botched - Vader being 'born' into his iconic suit straight away, as if it had been waiting for him, L&L's birth, their naming, Padme's death, Anakin's turn...all of it seemed half assed. Plus it didn't match up with what we knew from ANH. Lazy storytelling.
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4:24AM on 04/23/2015
Completely agree. All of the big moments and the nostalgia were done quickly and without pause. Absolutely lazy storytelling. That actually about sums up the Prequels on a whole.
Completely agree. All of the big moments and the nostalgia were done quickly and without pause. Absolutely lazy storytelling. That actually about sums up the Prequels on a whole.
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2:09AM on 04/23/2015

Come on...

Okay, I do not despise the Prequel Trilogy. Yes, they are inferior films and there are tons of issues with all three of them, but they are not so bad that they are unwatchable (even though I would love for Disney to "special edition"/edit all three into better films).

However...to say Revenge of the Sith is better than any of the original films is really laughable. There are too many scenes that could have been done so much better and the movie introduces and contains too many holes...I
Okay, I do not despise the Prequel Trilogy. Yes, they are inferior films and there are tons of issues with all three of them, but they are not so bad that they are unwatchable (even though I would love for Disney to "special edition"/edit all three into better films).

However...to say Revenge of the Sith is better than any of the original films is really laughable. There are too many scenes that could have been done so much better and the movie introduces and contains too many holes...I mean, really?
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2:01AM on 04/23/2015
I always thought that when Anakin started to yell NOOOOOO the mask should have slowly dropped over his face and turned it from a human scream to a Vader scream.

The movie was still mostly shit except for McGregor can;t wait to see him in his own solo flick.
I always thought that when Anakin started to yell NOOOOOO the mask should have slowly dropped over his face and turned it from a human scream to a Vader scream.

The movie was still mostly shit except for McGregor can;t wait to see him in his own solo flick.
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1:42AM on 04/23/2015

Agree to Disagree

Although I have always felt A New Hope is the best out of all them, it is refreshing to hear the points you made.
Although I have always felt A New Hope is the best out of all them, it is refreshing to hear the points you made.
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12:58AM on 04/23/2015

Unpopular?

I was under the impression for most people th is was the only "good" star wars prequel and the closest to the originals in terms of "feel" and it gave people what they wanted at the very least. I dont think unpopular means what you think it means. If you were talking about ep1 or 2.....id get it. but 3?
I was under the impression for most people th is was the only "good" star wars prequel and the closest to the originals in terms of "feel" and it gave people what they wanted at the very least. I dont think unpopular means what you think it means. If you were talking about ep1 or 2.....id get it. but 3?
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