Wednesday 26th January 2022

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (12A)
Directed by: George Lucas
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz

Unless you've been in a coma or stranded on a desert island for the past few months, you will know that the final Star Wars film has been released, and is on course to smash every box-office record going. However, the third film in this trilogy is something of an unknown quantity after the two fairly dubious prequels that have gone before it.

Man, lightsabers are cool
Man, lightsabers are cool

Everybody is probably already aware of the film's storyline by now, in which Anakin Skywalker finally succumbs to the dark side, so the real question is: is it any good?

Well, the answer is yes. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. From the seat-of-the-pants opening sequence through to the climactic end battles, this film is a rollercoaster of exciting action scenes that are a pleasure to watch. They might be at times a little unrealistic or even unnecessary, but they're still great fun.

However, as enjoyable as the film is, it is by no means perfect. I was aware while watching the film that there was an occasional scene or line of dialogue that was so poor it actually removed you from the movie experience for a short time. In fact George Lucas' trademark poor dialogue, for which he is becoming quite infamous, will make you wish some characters had been cut from the movie all together, including Natalie Portman's Padmé, which is a shocking waste of such a beautiful and talented actress.

I found I could take these failings with a pinch of salt, however, and still involve myself with the story. In hindsight, though, I can see there are many, many flaws with this film, which some viewers will find distressing. The fact is, if you go to see this film with the intention of picking holes in it, you will succeed, but you probably won't enjoy yourself very much. My advice is not to let Star Wars rule your world, and instead take it in the spirit it is meant: a fun, family film (with a couple of gruesome 12A bits in it). I think the box-office receipts have already proved that, like it or loathe it, this one is a must-see.

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Length: 140 minutes
Certificate: 12A
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Release Date: 19th May 2005

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