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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

I should have blogged this weeks ago, but you know how it goes... endless boozing, parties and day time television, who has time, really? Episode III was unleashed upon the word and the box office on May 19th this year, 10 of us made the pilgrimage to the ODEON on Leicester Square on the 21st to see what all the fuss was about. After much waiting and the total flops of Episode I and II, it's quite surprising Star Wars fans got all pent up about this, the final instalment in the Star Wars anthology, or perhaps we can call it the second trilogy by virtue of the fact that the making of episodes I, II and III in no way rival the cinematic genius and mastery of the craft which made the first three Lucas movies the ubiquitously definitive masterpieces they are. Everybody you speak to has a take on this, ranging from the “why bother” disappointed indifferent to the “I’m there dude” optimistic Vader costume wearing, light sabre brandishing hard-core die-hards. I myself fall somewhere between these two factions, still willing to give Lucas another chance while maintaining a healthy degree of scepticism characteristic of a child disappointed about not getting a G.I Joe last Christmas on the eve of this years most holy night. Hope I’m not showing my age there. What is the action man of choice these days anyways? But I digress, fortunately, for the latter group, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, is a massive success and a large measure of vindication for the much beleaguered Lucas. Then again, just about anything would have been an improvement on Episode’s I and II but perhaps that’s a little unfair, let’s take this in context. Revenge of the Sith is more like the old movies in that the special effects are pure perfection, the acting is, for a change, up to the standards we’ve come to expect from blockbusters of this league with even Hayden Christensen living up to the standards set by his compatriots Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, who are as ever worthy of their roles even given the facile nature of their characters. One of these days, a DVD trilogy box set will come out with Episodes I, II and III (and no doubt a special “never seen before footage” disk) and I’ll have to buy it and the only reasons that will happen is because Ja-Ja Binks makes only a 3 second appearance in this episode and all the loose ends are nicely tied up as we see the death of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Lord Vader. In short, Episode III rocks, if you haven’t already, see it!

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