Star Wars Episode III The Revenge of the Sith - Why I see movies
| This review was written before I knew there would be an Episode VII, Clone Wars, JJ Abrams or an expanded film universe. At the time I thought this was the last new Star Wars film I would see.
As I sat down to write my review of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, I realized that I just might not be capable of reviewing this movie. Star Wars has been a journey of 28 years for me and is probably the most influential movie experience of my life. How do I express how I feel having witnessed what is the final chapter in this story?
As the lights came up in the cinema after the credits rolled, a sadness came over me. I would never line up for another Star Wars film again. I would never wait with anticipation for the next episode. Sure other films will excite me and fill me with expectation but nothing will be Star Wars for me again.
Fortunately, the sadness abated at the realization that I had just experienced something wonderful. I have written before about how this series is magical for me and even though many were disappointed in Episodes I & II; I was not. For me they were all they needed to be. Episode III, however, was so much more.
Besides being the realization of my dreams, dreams that are 28 years old, Episode III is one overwhelming ride. Revenge of the Sith begins like no other Star Wars film with a battle of brilliant energy and destruction. The plot - Episode III is, like the others in this trilogy, a bit plot heavy - begins spinning quickly and furiously towards what we have all known for two decades to be the ultimate conclusion. Along this ride are more duels that you can shake a lightsaber at and more death than a Tarantino movie. We work towards the seminal events of the birth of Luke and Leia, the battle between Anakin and Obi-wan and the transformation of Anakin into Darth Vader, one of the greatest cinematic characters of all time.
The catastrophic weight of all of this almost suffocated me and I didn't watch this film like any other Star Wars film. I watched Revenge of the Sith solemnly, determined not to miss a moment, a cheesy line, a special effect, an archetypal theme. I was as absorbed as I ever have been or ever will be in a cinema.
For those of you who didn't like the first two films in this new trilogy, I sense that this one will make up for it. It's got everything that the fan boys have been asking for. Sith is the kind of general appeal movie that pretty much anyone can get into. But for the faithful, Episode III is a big pay off. There will be those who will not allow themselves to enjoy this and that is their loss. For the rest of us, we get to enjoy ourselves.
As these initial feelings wear off, a great pleasure overcomes me as I realise that I have now experienced the whole epic and that soon I can watch it in its entirety over and over. I will be seeing Sith again soon, probably in only a few days, and then again for years to come. Episode III is the kind of film that I will never tire of. This is why I see movies.