Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film directed by George Lucas. It is the sixth film released in the Star Wars saga, the third of the prequels, the third in terms of internal chronology, and the second in terms of everyone finally admitting that the series had lost it.
Set in 19 BBY, three years after the woodenly-acted onset of the Clone Wars, the film follows the war's final week. The Jedi Knights are spread thin across the galaxy leading a massive disposable Clone Army in the war against the Separatists. Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi is dispatched to eliminate the asthmatic General Grievous and end the war. With no master around to coddle him, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker grows close to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who is, unbeknownst to the public,
For Revenge of the Sith, Lucas wanted to finish the Star Wars saga with a bang, and give viewers something with the coolest Jedi action, the biggest explosions, and the slickest CGI this side of Michael Bay. Oh, and he also wanted it to tie-in with the original trilogy. Unfortunately, he forgot to re-watch the films he himself created, resulting in plotholes such as Princess Leia remembering her mother despite her dying 20 seconds after she was born, but none of the other familiar faces, like how George forgot whether Obi-Wan said the Jedi had been defenders of the Republic for a thousand years or a thousand generations. Everyone always assumed Leia was the smart one of the bunch, but who knew she had a photographic memory and remembered her own birth?
Revenge of the Sith received mediocre reviews from critics, but which compared to the previous two films seemed like glowing praise. It broke several box office records during its opening week and went on to earn over $1138 million worldwide. It is the fourth highest-grossing film in the Star Wars franchise, unadjusted for inflation (of George Lucas's ego).(more...)
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