By Edward Delaney
Star Wars is more than just a franchise, it is a phenomenon. People everywhere are obsessing over the series because of three important factors 1.) How great the original trilogy is. 2.) How terrible the prequel trilogy and 3.) What the new trilogy is going to be like.
Let me start off by saying that I am a Star Wars fan, like many people who read this. I grew up watching the films and they hold countless memories in my heart. The first memory I have was as a 5 year old child and watching Star Wars (now called Episode IV: A New Hope) on cable television with my dad. I remember how the story was so simple that it felt great for me, how Luke Skywalker was the classic hero, Darth Vader was the classic villain etc. and that the film was so self-contained, but at the same time it was different from anything I had ever seen before.
I remember when the prequel trilogy was being released throughout the years when I was in grade school. I first watched all the films, up until Revenge of the Sith which came out in theatres may of 2005.
As a child, I was used to liking almost all kinds of movies, even if they were bad, because of course our view of the world is different before we grow up, but I loved Revenge of the Sith. The opening battle over Coruscant, the opera scene, the final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan were riveting. The duel on Mustafar, where they clashed lightsabers while standing on tiny platforms over a river of lava epically, and acrobatically literally has burned an impression in my memory to this very day.
I remember asking my dad who I once again saw the film with, what he remembered about that night, and he simply said “That fight was a bit too much, and it never ended. Who the hell played Darth Vader? Hayden whatshisface (Christensen)? He was a terrible actor!” I hate to admit it, but many prequel hating Star Wars fans feel the same way, but I am not one of those people.
Just last summer, I decided to rewatch all of the films over a long period of time, and after seeing a boring film like the The Phantom Menace as well as the disasterpiece we call Attack of the Clones, I had a feeling that my memories and thoughts of the prequel trilogy I watched would betray me. Then came Revenge of the Sith, and I have to admit, it still was pretty damn good. I was actually surprised. The whole trilogy isn’t bad, infact the way I think about it, George Lucas hit two strikes and ended with a homerun. Yes, that may be extreme, but allow me to back up my reasoning.
The action sequences not only were better, but actually complimented the story. The CGI looked better too, even today I consider it to be well done. The plot moved along great, and I cared much more about the characters than I did with Revenge of the Sith’s predecessors. Ewan McGregor was also a great Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he always has the charisma that Alec Guinness would be proud of.
It is abundantly clear that this film in particular was the entire reason for the prequel trilogy. This was the story that George Lucas wanted to tell; of Anakin Skywalker going from becoming a Jedi to allowing fear and anger to manipulate him and turn him to the dark side. When I see this film attached to the original trilogy, I see the classic villain we know as Darth Vader from a different side which goes behind a mask, He is not just a bad guy, he is a tragic soul.
I am a Star Wars fan giving my honest opinion here when I say up front that I like Revenge of the Sith. I believe that it has plenty of great aspects, and it filled a hole which existed in the Star Wars mythology which we wanted to see. I can only urge other people like me to not hate a film just because it is in the prequel trilogy, but to look at it from an individualist perspective, and maybe you will just reconsider.