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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Critic Consensus: With Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas brings his second Star Wars trilogy to a suitably thrilling and often poignant -- if still a bit uneven -- conclusion.

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George Lucas draws the Star Wars film series to a close with this dark sci-fi adventure which sets the stage for the events of the first film and brings the saga full circle. After a fierce battle in which Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) and Anakin (Hayden Christensen) join Republic forces to help free Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from the evil Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and his minions, Anakin is drawn into Palpatine's confidence. Palpatine has designs on expanding his rule, and with this in mind he plants seeds of doubt in Anakin's mind about the strength and wisdom of the Jedis. Anakin is already in a quandary about how to reveal to others the news of his secret marriage to Padmé Amidala (Natalie Portman) now that she is pregnant, and visions which foretell her death in childbirth weigh heavy on his mind. As Anakin finds himself used by both the Jedis and the Republic for their own purposes -- particularly after Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) expresses his distrust of the young Jedi -- he turns more and more to the Force for help, but begins to succumb to the temptations of its dark side. Many of the Star Wars series regulars returned for Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, including Frank Oz as the voice of Yoda, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Ewan McGregor
as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Natalie Portman
as Padmé Amidala
Hayden Christensen
as Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid
as Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
Jimmy Smits
as Sen. Bail Organa
Christopher Lee
as Count Dooku
Keisha Castle-Hughes
as Queen of Naboo
Silas Carson
as Ki-Adi-Mundi/Nute Gunray
James Earl Jones
as Darth Vader
Jay Laga'aia
as Capt. Typho
Jay Lagai'aia
as Captain Typho
Bruce Spence
as Tion Medon
Temuera Morrison
as Comm. Cody
Mimi Daraphet
as Bultar Swan
Sandi Finlay
as Sly Moore
Ahmed Best
as Jar Jar Binks
Rohan Nichol
as Capt. Antilles
Nalini Krishan
as Barriss Offee
Jeremy Bulloch
as Capt. Colton
Mary Oyaya
as Luminara Unduli
Amanda Lucas
as Terr Taneel
Orli Shoshan
as Shaak Ti
Matt Sloan
as Plo Koon
Peter Mayhew
as Chewbacca
Sandy Thompson
as Rune Haako
Rebecca Jackson Mendoza
as Queen of Alderaan
Marty Wetherill
as Passel Argente
Joel Edgerton
as Owen Lars
Jett Lucas
as Zett Jukassa
Chantal Freer
as Handmaiden
Tux Akindoyeni
as Agen Kolar
Chris Kirby
as Giddean Danu
Matt Rowan
as Sen. Orn Free Taa
Kenji Oates
as Saesee Tiin
Amy Allen
as Aayla Secura
Graeme Blundell
as Ruwee Naberrie
Trisha Noble
as Jobal Naberrie
Claudia Karvan
as Sola Naberrie
Keira Wingate
as Ryoo Naberrie
Bonnie Piesse
as Beru Whitesun
Hayley Mooy
as Pooja Naberrie
Sandy Finlay
as Sly Moore
Katie Lucas
as Chi Eekway
Warren Owens
as Fang Zar
Kee Chan
as Male-Dee
Christopher Kirby
as Giddean Danu
Axel Dench
as Wookiee
Steven Foy
as Wookiee
Bodie "Tihoi" Taylor
as Clone Trooper
David Stiff
as Wookiee
Robert Cope
as Wookiee
Matthew Wood
as Gen. Grievous
Rena Owen
as Nee Alavar
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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

All Critics (284) | Top Critics (52)

Say what you want about Lucas' one-take directing style, his over-reliance on blue screens or his cheesy tendency to reference himself, but his imagination is as fertile as ever.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Orange County Register
Top Critic

[A] dramatically cogent and highly satisfying finale to the Star Wars saga.

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Episode III mainly is what it is -- the climax of a sometimes grand adventure that's more than the sum of its parts, yet much less than it might have been.

Full Review… | November 13, 2015
Wall Street Journal
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A grave and vigorous popular entertainment, a picture that regains and sustains the filmic Force [Lucas] dreamed up a long time ago, in a movie industry that seems far, far away.

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Lucas is a brilliant technician but a poor philosopher, and his lurchingly thought-out rendering of futuristic politics prevents the entire series from achieving the greatness to which it aspires.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

.. even though Revenge is a better experience than Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones, it doesn't add anything that satisfying or compelling to the big picture.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Revenge of the Sith is a dramatic improvement over Phantom and Attack of the Clones. The film deftly combines the fun of the original trilogy with a compelling, tragic storyline. It is at times a brilliant, moving piece of cinema due to the power of the story and Williams' emotional score. Where was this level of craftsmanship in Phantom and Attack of the Clones?

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

½

I feel that after being worn out from the previous two installments, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" is kind of a breath of fresh air to all the fans and new-comers alike. It may still have horrible dialogue, especially in the romance portion of the film, but the visuals and the story far surpass anything and everything the previous two had to offer. George Lucas doesn't shove schlocky things down your throat this time around, in fact, he rather pays homage to the original film in many more ways than one. Through replicating visuals and referencing old dialogue, this film is much more enjoyable than the rest of this trilogy. It's not a great movie, but the last 30 minutes is great! I'm in a weird position to say that I liked this film, because I really did, but there are still annoying things throughout the film. Overall, it's a nice wrap-up that I have no problem watching this instalment

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

Revenge of the Sith is the last lap of the muddy track known as the Star wars prequels. The previous two installments had left so much to be desired that the bar was set very low when this film premiered over a decade ago. Ironically, this is the film that we knew most of the plot going in if you had seen the original Star Wars films. Would the film mimic what our minds had teased us with for the decades after the original trilogy ended? That was the biggest mystery of Episode III. The film is set five years after Attack of the Clones with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan MacGregor) and Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christansen) are heroes of the Republic in their fight against the Separatists led by Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and General Grievous. The film opens with them heroically saving Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) in an epic space battle that really does mesmerize as an opening scene, especially compared to the previous two films. The film then follows Anakin's fall from grace as he needs to protect his secret pregnant wife Padme (Natalie Portman) from the death he sees in his dreams. As with the previous two films, Revenge of the Sith falls victim to Lucas not being able to connect the dots of his story. Where this film differs from them is that the dots are bigger and fill a larger spectrum of the narrative, making it more tolerable to enjoy. There are still cringe worthy moments of acting that either pain you or make you chuckle inside, but there have been improvements. Sadly, this comes during the final piece of the saga that is in Lucas' hands. It's an action packed story with a dual finish that sets up everything that comes after it (while leaving plot holes that makes us wonder if George has even watched any of the original films since their release). It is a better film than the first two, but is it the equivalent to the original three? No, not really. It's more a nostalgia piece for those films as it bridges this vision to the original films three decades ago. Of course one has to wonder whether this film is better because we had such low expectations after getting burned the last two times. It's like a kid who is a straight D student scoring a B and being excited by it. Progress! Maybe there is hope, but this was the final film and we will never know if George Lucas found his way again. Of course this film is filled with CGI and it does distract from the story, but the audience has learned to block that out by now. The prequel trilogy does end on a high note... for the prequel trilogy. Revenge of the Sith serves as the bridge that brings everything together. It's not the sturdiest structure, but it does the job and keeps the audience enthralled during most of the film. An improvement, but far below what the audience would have expected in 1999. In 2005 the audiences is pleasantly surprised by the film, in a good way. A decent film, but not a good Star wars film.

Chris Garman
Chris Garman

Super Reviewer

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