Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith
For those of you who have been following my blog, you'll know that, when all six seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was released on Netflix, I decided to watch Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, followed by all six seasons of The Clone Wars, and, then, finish up by watching Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith in an effort to see if the television series helped tie things together. The quick answer is "yes" and "no."
My immediate reaction is that I think I enjoyed Revenge of the Sith more as a result of having watched The Clone Wars. But, at the same time, it also made me wish more of some things happened in The Clone Wars to further tie into the events of Revenge of the Sith. The biggest example, to me, would be the sudden nightmares that Anakin started having that eventually tipped him over to the Dark Side. In The Clone Wars, while we saw some jealousy from Anakin in regards to Padme and Rush Clovis and the growing relationship between Anakin and Palpatine, there was nothing that gave me a sense that he was overly worried about Padme's death. So, this is something that still seems to come on quickly for me. I would have liked to have seen Anakin start having these dreams in The Clone Wars.
I'd like to say that Ian McDiarmid's performance as the manipulative Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious is amazing and helped make his puppet mastering of Anakin Skywalker seem believable. But, the fact that Anakin started fearing Padme's death and, then, so easily turned just a few seconds after scolding Mace Windu for doing something against the Jedi ways seemed so sudden.
Having just seen the last season of The Clone Wars, I wish that they had devoted the last few of episodes specifically to the growing relationship with Palpatine and Anakin's growing paranoia about Padme's death. As much as I loved the Jar Jar Binks/Mace Windu team-up episodes on Bardotta, I would have preferred them using those episodes to fleshing this out a little more.
Here's the other thing that I still don't get that's connected to his fear of Padme's death. He decides to become Darth Sidious' apprentice after Sidious tells him he can show him how to bring somebody back from the dead. So, when he found out Padme did indeed die, why didn't he question Sidious about his original offer to show him how to bring her back from the dead? If I were Darth Vader, I might be a little pissed at Sidious. Maybe that's just me. Although, I guess, if Anakin is so emo, why wouldn't Vader be as well? LOL!
Speaking of emo, I wish Padme and Anakin were a little more like they were in The Clone Wars. While Hayden Christensen was better in this film than he was in the last, I still think he was a little too emo. I would have liked his dissent into darkness to have been a little less whiny. The Anakin in The Clone Wars seemed more like the great general everybody always talks about. The same goes for Padme. In The Clone Wars, she is a self-assured woman who is a great Senator, but she seemed so frail in Revenge of the Sith and almost as emo as Anakin.
There were also some inconsistencies between The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith. The biggest one being General Grievous seemingly having either never before met Anakin or fought with Obi-Wan before Revenge of the Sith. But, we know that there were several confrontations in The Clone Wars. That didn't really bother me that much, though, as the development of General Grievous in the television series made the character feel much more of a threat in Revenge of the Sith than he did.
What I think the last season of The Clone Wars did really well was made the turning of the Clone Troopers when Order 66 is given into something sudden, but a well planned conspiracy. The Tup/Fives episodes were some of the best of The Clone Wars series.
Although, while I can accept Order 66 a little better, I still wish that Anakin had been a little more responsible for the eradication of the Jedi rather than just killing the Younglings. Don't get me wrong, killing kids is pretty horrific, but, at the same time, it probably wasn't as much of a challenge than hunting down and killing several Jedi Masters.
I'm also glad that The Clone Wars further developed the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It made the last battle at Mustafar much more powerful and meaningful. When Obi-Wan says that he was like a brother to him and that he loved him, it felt even more real.
The other thing in Revenge of the Sith that really does bug me that I don't think could have really been explained in The Clone Wars is the fact that, when they decided to hide Luke and Leia from Vader, why would they hide Leia with one of Padme's closest allies and Luke with Anakin's step brother. I mean, those would seem like the two most obvious places to take them.
But, overall, I did enjoy Revenge of the Sith better. I felt, especially watching The Clone Wars, that I had a better handle of who the characters were and I know I grew to care more for many of them. For me, it is definitely the best of the prequel trilogy.