Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

So, the circle is now complete, as Darth Vader said so many years ago. And now, Lucas has proven he can still direct a movie. I was quite disappointed with the first two prequels, as his storytelling habilities seemed to be a thing of the past. Now, I have to admit that this one rivals Empire Strikes Back for the title of "the best movie of the saga".

What amazed me is that in spite of all the special effects, we still see the characters emotions. We perceive Anakin's love, anger, frustration and understand his slow descent to the Dark Side of the Force. It seems to be avoidable, and such knowledge makes it so much more intense, our feeling of loss so much more palpable.

The Empire is born amidst betrayal: the Jedi order, the Republic itself, and in the center of all the events, Anakin drives it all, with an all too human rage that brings a galaxy back to... peace. His goal is to finish the war, and to keep his love from dying. He achieves the first thing, but the manipulation of the Sith Master Darth Sidious will deny him the second. That can send any man into the clutches of the Dark Side, any day. So close, and yet so far away...

Great movie. If you haven't seen it, go now.

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