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Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith (2005 - PG13)
"Star Wars, Episode III" is the third and final Star Wars film that concludes the six-part sci-fi adventure series. In this final high-tech special effects bonanza. Audiences watch Anakin Skywalker succumb to his tragic fate in his metamorphosis from Jedi knight to the 'Dark Side' as Sith Lord Darth Vader. Despite the earnest attempts of his Jedi master Obi-Won Kenobi along with the rest of the Jedi forces and his beautiful pregnant wife Ambassador Padme, Anakin Skywalker slowly trades his alliances without looking back.
Written and directed by: George Lucas.
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Tagline: Give in to the dark side he will?
Rated: PG13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images.
In the final farewell to all devoted Star Wars fans George Lucas brings to life the fateful tragedy of the life of the 'Chosen One'; Jedi knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen). As he and Ambassador Padme (Natalie Portman) do their best to hide their secret marriage from the Senate Council, Padme's newfound pregnancy decidedly complicates the matter.
Meanwhile Anakin and his Jedi master Obi-Won Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) head to General Grievus's (Matthew Wood-voice) ship to rescue the Senate's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from the throngs of the Sith lord Count Dooku. Quickly defeating the Dark side enemies, Obi-Won and Anakin return to the Jedi temple to hear of the squirmishes emerging between the Republic council concerning the rights for 'control of the Senate'.
As the Jedi attempt to set up alliances in order to prepare for the utmost mayhem ensuing between Senate counselors, Yoda travels to the land of the Wookies where they agree to help the Jedi's wage war against the Sith lord's prospected attacks. Problematic for the Jedi forces is the conspicuous Chancellor Palpatine who has long reigned in the Senate for far longer than his expected term, and in want of legitimizing his reasons for doing so.
As the Jedi forces begin to suspect the Chancellor's motives with the Senate, Padme grows weary with pregnancy and Anakin begins to have nightmares foreseeing Padme's death in childbirth. To further complicate matters Chancellor Palpatine has begun to invest earnest interest in the young and vulnerable Anakin Skywalker. As the Jedi knights impose on Anakin the task of spying on the Chancellor Palpatine so as to gain insight as to his motives concerning the Republic, so too does Chancellor Palpatine begin to play the game of cat and mouse by twisting Anakin's mind against the Jedi mission.
Although Anakin comes to detect that perhaps Chancellor Palpatine may be THE dark lord they have long been in search of, Anakin still falls short of being able to withstand the Chancellor's enticing rhetoric; filling him with promises of preventing Padme's death, etc. Although originally intrigued with the Dark side for earnest reasons, Anakin?s inability to accept Padme's destined death drives him further and further away from the Force and into the grasp of the Dark side.
Soon enough, despite Obi-Won, Yoda, Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson), and Padme's efforts, Anakin finds himself torn between two opposing philosophies. Meanwhile Chancellor Palpatine has set up ambushes, ensnaring the Jedi masters in false play by incorporating Dark side warriors into the Jedi warrior force so that the latter are completely taken by surprise when their ?own? begin to turn on them. As it will be, Obi-Won and Yoda barely escape their certain deaths with the help of some alien friends including the Wookie Chewbacca and a large bird-like dragon.
As a desperate Padme and disheartened Obi-Won hear of Anakin?s absolute turning to the Dark side, they look on in horror as they view evidence of him plotting to kill off the entire Jedi force, including their young Jedi apprentices. In one last attempt to allow love to over conquer his pride, Padme pleas for Anakin to leave behind all warrior tactics and run away with her to raise their child in solitude; away from the temptation and vice of politics and power. But it is too late. Anakin Skywalker is no more and in his place the evil Darth Vader emerges to grieve the loss of his pregnant wife and sever all ties with his faithful master Obi-Won Kenobi.
But as any Star Wars fan knows, Padme bears twins: Princess Leah and Luke Skywalker. And though they hold the hope of the future for the Jedi forces and the Senate, particularly the latter, there are still 3 more thrilling tales that capture the ambivalent Darth Vader and his precarious position as mortal enemy and father of the newly 'Chosen One': Luke Skywalker.
"Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" is a perfectly ironic ending to the Star Wars legacy that George Lucas has so aptly delivered for generations. With the first trilogy, which is of course actually the final trilogy of the six-part chronicle, ending in happy Hollywood fashion, Lucas gracefully brings about the inescapable and yet delightfully palatable tragedy of Anakin Skywalker. Unlike the rest of the films where the Jedi's are destined to kick butt, in the final film the heroes will be humbled. Jedi forces will be brought to their knees, mayhem in the Senate will ensue, and the bonds of love will be the very thing that drives Anakin Skywalker to destroy himself. "Star Wars III" is a well done final hoorah and farewell to all Star Wars fans both young and old alike and is a must see for anyone keeping up with the legendary sci-fi tale of the honorable Jedi knights.
Hayden Christensen plays Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi knight destined to turn from the Force and become Darth Vader.
Ewan McGregor plays Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker's loyal Jedi Master.
Natalie Portman plays Padme, Anakin Skywalker's wife whose complicated pregnancy provokes Anakin's fall to the Dark side.
Ian McDiarmid plays Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the head Dark lord whose years of posing as a Senate Chancellor are over once he ensnares his student Darth Vader.