How Star Wars 3 Revenge Of The Sith Became The Best Film Of The Prequel Trilogy
Let’s admit it: Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith is without a doubt the quintessential prequel that has ever happened to the whole franchise. Sure, the great George Lucas stalled the fanbase for two movies, but you cannot deny the fact that he delivered his promises. And mind you, he did it in a wildly uneven way. That is how you make a true prequel fashion!
If you have seen The Phantom Menace, then Star Wars 3 is definitely a must-see. If the former has too much Jar Jar Binks, the latter ends the trilogy with the right story any fan would want to see. Why? It is the film in the franchise that featured Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker’s journey to becoming the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
A Perfect Story
Some may say that the explanation is not really satisfying, let alone logical. But if you think about it, Lucas did a fine job in veering away from all of those excruciating narrative lulls, a fault infamously displayed in the previous two films. The fact that Lucas chose to put Vader’s origin story at the very center of the movie, it is only safe to say it surpasses its predecessors.
Isn’t it cool, too, that people finally see how the Jedi were destroyed, or how about the interesting events circling around Luke and Leia’s birth? What is more is that fans get to see a glimpse of Force Ghosts, including lots of direct connections to the original trilogy. Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith has a lot of things going on that it would be perfect to draw out prequels from it.
When Anakin said, “This is where the fun begins,” you automatically know that it is going to be the best movie in the trilogy. Then there is the remarkable tale of two Jedi Starfighters flying through a huge battle in the skies of Coruscant. Yeah, it is mostly made in CGI, but Lucas made sure it would be one of the best scenes in the film. Not only is it colorful, it is also packed with energy. If you are true Star Wars 3 fan – and you have been anticipating this movie since time immemorial – that is absolutely a cool thing to watch over again.
Oh, let’s not forget about the witty banter involving Obi-Wan Kenobi and Skywalker. Who says Lucas has the worse scriptwriters in history? While the prequel may not have dialogues worthy of an award, it has definitely set the bar high.
Being Successful Where Its Predecessors Failed
They say, for a trilogy to make sense, its third film must be able to wrap everything that has happened from the first film. Remember “The Godfather” movie series? It is true that the first and second films are truly remarkable, but one can agree that the third did not really come close to its predecessors. But that is okay. Why? That is because the third film successfully wrapped the entire trilogy. People get to see a full character development of Michael Corleone. And if you think about it, the third film actually makes sense.
This is exactly what Lucas did or at least implied in Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith. In Phantom Menace, the film ended with a space battle followed by a duel of lightsabers. The third film did it in reverse. It also beautifully explained why Anakin is motivated into killing Count Dooku. While it is a choice that he should not have entertained but does it anyway, it is the kind that sits right. There is a lot of pertinent information that helps fans understand why things happen.
Of all the good things that have had happened in Star Wars 3, it seems hard to pinpoint its mistake. It still has, though. For starters, the film poorly handled Padme, a character played by Natalie Portman. For a good percentage of the movie, she is just in one single room. That is a huge buzzkill, especially for a character known to be a Queen and a warrior. Unfortunately, she is made into a Galactic housewife.
As mentioned, Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith has its own issues to offer, including a lot of character mistakes. Somehow, though, it manages to entertain and give what is important: A great Star Wars moment. It may not be a legendary Star Wars film in the entire franchise, but it is definitely the best prequel in the trilogy.