Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (twice in Theater including opening night 19 May 2005, DVD, 16 Jan 2014 and 17 Jul 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – After Chancellor Palpatine is kidnapped by the Separatist Army, Anakin and Obi-Won must attempt a daring mission in order to save him
My Take on it – For a Star Wars fan like me, there are few movie watching experiences better than seeing the 20th Century Fox and LucasFilm logos light up the screen, followed by John Williams iconic music which leads to a yellow lettered introduction crawl updating us on the goings on in a galaxy far far away.
I haven’t been able to experience that feeling in slightly over a decade but hope to do so again this coming December.
Watching any of the movies on a smaller screen takes away slightly from the spectacle, but it is still an enthusiastic and thrilling adventure for me.
This time, two of my sons joined me and they ended up loving this one more than any of the previous 5 primarily because of the battles and the spectacularly coordinated lightsaber duels. They both spent the next 48 hours pretending to fight each other as vader and kenobi.
For me, this movie was the missing piece of the puzzle that I (and millions of other Sw fans) wanted solved for nearly three decades.
Lucas, using his unbelievable storytelling skills, was able to fill most of the gaps that would connect and explain events and actions in the original trilogy. His dialogue comes off a bit lackluster and doesn’t always feel genuine, but the point here is the story itself and not the individual dialogue.
The combination of music, special effects and action sequences make this movie superb to watch over and over again.
This is by far the most intense and emotional of the 6 movies and I even caught myself shedding a tear during the execution of Order 66.
The lightsaber duels here are the best in the whole franchise and make you feel and see why it was important to show us an intense duel between Jedi masters.
Lucas has left the franchise in capable hands and I hope they are all up for the same kind of revitalization as we all expect from successor JJ Abrams that he was able to do with the Star Trek franchise.
Bottom Line – Excellent ending (?) to a great story. Lucas is an amazing storyteller despite not always getting the dialogue to sound genuine enough. Unbelieveable special effects, musical score and action sequences make this the most intense and emotional of the prequel trilogy. Hope Abrams can also do justice for the future of this franchise. No better lightsaber duels in any of the movies (so far) and the mixture of exceptional choreography and fx make all of the scenes a wonder to watch. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The volcanic world of Mustafar was designed to look like George Lucas’s vision of hell. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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