Quick Verdict: The best of a bad bunch
This is my favourite of the prequels. That is not a recommendation I might add. The fact is it still only manages 2 stars, there are just less bits I actively hate.
This was the one that would tie it all together. To bring peace to trilogy and then everything would make sense. What we got was another CGI fest where people dance in a really well orchestrated way, whilst waving their lightsaber about. More terrible acting and more really awkward scenes between Anakin and Padme.
Anakin: You are so……. beautiful
Padme: It’s only because I’m so in love
Anakin: No, it’s because I’m so in love with you
Padme: So love has blinded you?
What, no, Padme, he’s fucking brainwashed you. I told you in Episode 2, RUN AWAY. Blink twice if you want to be rescued.
There is a lot going on in this one which is probably why it comes under less criticism, you just can’t decide which bit to complain about. You do feel however that you are being pushed to this final supposedly perfect finish as opposed to it happening naturally. It does feel like some scenes are just shoehorned in. The quickness of Anakin being turned to Darth Vader, I would have been happy with a slight onscreen suggestion that this would be his fate. Also, why do we need to see them making the Death Star at the end?
My main problem with this one however, is Order 66. This is an important part of the film, the order to kill all Jedi. This could have been a really emotional story arc, seeing them hunted and killed one by one. Instead we get a 2 minute montage of a bunch of Jedi basically giving up. There was no tension, no build up, just another tick on the storyboard. Number 26. Kill Jedi ✔️
I’ve mentioned this before, but these films could have been so much better. It’s a shame he didn’t wait another 10 years to make them. Maybe then we wouldn’t have got so much rubbish. But who knows, it could have been worse!
As with the others, here is the brilliant Belated Media with ‘What if Episode 3 was good.’ Enjoy.