Once in a life time you get a film series that is more impactful than Star Wars. Ever since the first film, A New Hope opened to unprecidented success, each film in the series not only had to live up to the previous film but try to surpass it.
Now, yes I was upset by the Star Wars I (the Phantom Menace) and II (Attack of the Clones). Both for differant reasons. Star Wars I demystified the force, and Star Wars II seemed to lack focus. However after seeing Star Wars III, the second film is ment to hurl us into this one.
The Revenge of the Sith is a tragedy. We knew what was going to have to happend before the film ended. Luke and Leah had to be born. Padme had to die. Storm Troopers had to turn toward the Empire. Anikin had to choose to serve the Dark Side of the Force. Darth Sideous had to become deformed. Yoda and Obe-Wan had to go into exhile and gain the power of immortality.
Still I was hoping for more. Perhaps a clearer connection between the Sith and the Jedi. A bigger struggle in the senate against sidious, lead by Padme... Elements of the story just didn't jive...
Having said this, the movie is a spectical beyond my wildest hopes. The multi level cgi and cinimatography really kicked into high gear in this film. George Lucas has much to be proud of in this film... The CGI team did everything they could to put us inside the action, with curved flight lines of ships, and visuals of ships passing the camera lense as if it was shot on location.
The character of Aniken as he turns into Darth Vader is unbelivably compelling, in a classic tragic form. And as he completes his transformation he has a recognition of his crime, and the meaning of Sith. With power comes unintended consequence. That the cost of gaining the power to protect Padme and the desire to be close enough to Darth Sideous to Overturn him. Politics has real life consequence that is life and death to innocent people.
Revenge of the Sith isn't a perfect film... But it is the right film to connect a series of prequels of a compelling series. And sheds light on the human condition by pulling ourself out of context into a new mythology. For that I applaud. 4 out of 5 lightsabers.