Number of Times Seen – Between 10-20 times (twice in Theater including opening night 19 May 2005, DVD, 16 Jan 2014, 17 Jul 201, 13 Aug 2017, 25 Jun 2018 and 19 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – During the height of the Clone Wars, Anakin and Obi-Wan are sent on a mission to save the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine who has been kidnapped by General Grievous.
My Take on it – This, for me is the most emotional of all 10 Star Wars films (so far).
It’s the only one that truly makes me cry when I watch it and that primarily happens when they begin the execution of Order 66.
The film is filled with some amazing action sequences that top anything done in the previous 5 films (or 4 subsequent one for that matter) and really get us into the mind frame right from the first frame that we are watching a story of high importance during the midst of a great war.
The film utilizes it’s special effects quite well that it enhances things to the point where one constantly needs to remember to breath because so much is happening on the screen.
I recall seeing this twice in the theater and was on the edge of my seat both times watching it and every time since because it’s such a thrilling and exhilarating addition to the series that brings the story of Darth Vader full circle.
The light saber duels in this film are the best ones of the whole series and we get to see two climactic duels between Yoda and the Emperor and between Anakin and Kenobi which are both enhanced by the amazing John Williams score that plays in the background of these one on one fights.
This film still has some remnants of George’s Lucas’ terribly wooden dialogue, but the story told is done so well that it’s hard to notice unless someone wants to nit pick.
Samuel L. Jackson does a great job as Mace Windu and we also get to see him play out his fate quite well since he only realizes at the last moment how naive he and the other Jedi masters were over the years.
The film also shows us the strong bonds between Anakin, Kenobi and Padme that led to the stories of the next three films which shows how much care and attention was given to try and close as many gaps as possible between these story lines that take place over a decades both on film (foreword in time) and in our world (backwards in time).
This is by far the best film of the prequel trilogy and is among the best of the films outside of the original trilogy since they are able to bring things to a level that is quite hard to reach because nobody knows how to tell stories like Lucas does and we are all the more grateful for it.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the opening sequence when the second Separatist ship is destroyed, a piece of debris flies into the clone Star Destroyer that shot it. That piece of debris is a kitchen sink. It was put in there by Industrial Light & Magic as a joke from someone saying, “We’re throwing everything in the sequence, including the kitchen sink.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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