Is it possible to love Revenge of the Sith and hate Star Wars?
I think it is possible to love the movie while questioning the series – I’ve been a Star Wars fan since the beginning in 77 when I saw the first movie drunk with friends six months after it hit the theaters. I’ve always been troubled by the underlying elitist message; only those anointed with special powers can rule.
Episode 6 officially killed it for me, Darth Vader was absolved for the killings of millions (including younglings as I found out in Revenge of the Sith), by killing the emperor to save his son. I remember thinking, what about accountability. This guy is a murderer after all. Of course, episode 6 also had the ludicrous Ewok attack. Were these Storm Troopers the same Storm Troopers that had conquered the galaxy in the Close Wars? What they devolved into was comic relief instead of the galaxies most feared warriors. Compare them to episode II for a good example of what I am talking about. Ewoks killed the Emperors elite shock troupers with stick and stones. It was total BS. But… it was a fun!
Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith, fits the same model as episodes one and two for me. It rocked as a movie if you turned your brain off. It had great action, wonderful special effects, and a semi-compelling good vs. evil story line – well somewhat compelling anyway. Only the good side was preachy and impossible to attain, and the evil (dark) side seemed all to much like normal life; hate, jealousy, and desire are all things I’ve felt from time to time and I’m not going to hell. Oh, wait a minute, I don’t believe in hell….
The story goes that Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader to save his wife from death during childbirth. That seemed weak to me at the time and even weaker now that I’ve had a few days to think about it. Didn’t Anakin have a good hospital that could help her? Jedi Knights lop off major limbs and reattached them in all the movies routinely, it seems reasonable they could deliver a baby without killing the mother. In addition, why turn to the dark side over this? Why not something more grand, like galactic conquest, power, or glory?
Any dialog between Anakin and his wife Padmé, were wooden and stilted. Lucus should hire a good screenwriter for episodes 7, 8, and 9. Any scene depicting Obi-Wan Kenobi with his dapper ”gay beard”, is questionable unless he is chopping bad guys to bits with his light saber. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lines are comical in their attempt at pseudo seriousness; he comes off sounding like a peevish big brother. Of course, most of these lines were delivered while Anakin is butchering innocent people, plotting the overthrow of the Republic, or contemplating treason.. Also, did you notice that the good guys had hair that did not move (like Obi-Wan), while the bad guys had hair that moved like crazy? What was that all about?
Did I like the movie? Hell yes – in fact I loved it and will see it again. I will buy it on DVD and watch it many more times in the future with my sons. Is this a good science fiction movie? Hell no, I’ll take Blade Runner anytime.