I finally got to see Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. First off, it’s impressive, and not just in effects, although it’s safe to say there’s never been a film more spectacularly effects-driven than this.
But the really good news is that it works as a movie. This one is far better than Episode I or II, and has really earned its right to stand beside (before?) the original trilogy. In a few years, it’s probable that Star Wars fans will think of the series as being a four-parter consisting of Episodes III-VI, with an optional prologue of I and II.
Wow. Now to write on symbolism, spiritual significance, the “Dark Side” of the Force… No way, not yet. This is going to take a bit of processing. The Frimster is going to need time to write about this. (I pity movie critics who have to put it all down for publication the very next day.) This is rich stuff, to put it mildly. The rise, fall, and redemption of Anakin Skywalker. The Force. Midichlorians. The Way of the Warrior. The spiritual battle. Self-sacrifice. The false Messiah, and the true one. It’s all there, in the marvelous myth created by Mr. Lucas over these last 28 years.