The saga is complete.
Revenge of the Sith finally fills the gap between the originals and the prequels. It is claimed to be the darkest in the series and tells the genesis of one of the most famous villains in movie history. Young padawan Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) still feels neglected in the Jedi Council. While on a mission with his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) to end the Clone Wars, the young apprentice is haunted by gruesome nightmares that depict his dying pregnant wife Padmé (the always lovely Nathalie Portman). Driven by his fear, his pride and his enormous ego, Anakin lets himself be drawn to chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and the dark side of the force. During this journey, the audience is bombarded with massive space battles and dogfights, more light-saber action than never before (including the inevitable Anakin – Obi-Wan showdown) and a Frankenstein-esque birth of Darth Vader.
After years of waiting (was that you breathing heavy?) the last chapter of this famous space soap opera finally hits the theaters. After two utterly disappointing prequels (Menace and Clones) Lucas listened to the fans and promised to deliver a worthy final episode. However, unless you are a hard-boiled fan or a CGI aficionado, you will feel cheated out of your ticket price. The movie essentially looks and feels like an over-produced video game in most of its scenes. The human interactions, the dialogues, the somewhat dull love relationship between Padmé and Anakin as well as Anakin’s inner conflicts are portrayed in a highly superficial way, so that in the end it looks like this overlong action-adventure flick is a mere showcase for ILM (Lucas’ Industrial Lights and Magic). Revenge of the Sith kicks off the summer movie season but will probably be one of its biggest disappointments. If your pop-cultural duty or nostalgia obliges you to watch this movie this month, make yourself a favor and don’t expect a contender for movie of the year.
Sith happens. (1 out of 4 Yogurts)