War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.
In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.
As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor….
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Rick McCallum
Writer: George Lucas
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Frank Oz, Jimmy Smits, Peter Mayhew, Ahmed Best, Oliver Ford Davies, Temuera Morrison, Anthony Daniels, Silas Carson, Kenny Baker, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Lee
Composer: John Williams
It’s here! The latest Star Wars movie is everything that we could have hoped for. Action, effects, half-decent acting and that scream by James Earl Jones. This single film turns the rest into a complete tale that shows the true tragedy – and triumph – that was Anakin Skywalker.
The Good Points – All of the above, and more. The introduction is amazing, and on a decent screen with full digital surround, you can feel the vibration of the giant Star Destroyers as they pass underneath and around the Jedi starfighters. Fantastic explosions, more realistic special effects and more depth and detail than ever. The acting is also better and Ian McDiarmid finally combines the roles of Sith Lord and Supreme Chancellor. We learn about the manipulation of Midi-Chlorians (sic) to create life (I wonder whose?) and we finally learn that Darth Vader didn’t get his leg from Threepio, at least not at this time.
The lightsaber battles are awesome, the story is actually very good and the ending left me with a lump in my throat.
The Bad Points – I had a feeling that the story, although good, had been rushed (or over edited). George could have done a Lord of The Rings here without losing anything from the film, or the pace. The Count Dooku fight scene should have been as long as the one in the novel, and to be honest Grievous was beaten far too easily for somebody who had previously held off five Jedi. Very little is seen of Chewbacca, and there was no real point to him being there (other than to say he was).
The scream scene in the Imperial Medical Centre, although full of impact, could have been handled better. I expected to see a wave of Force energy erupt from Vader, but all that we got were a few squishy bits. Oh, and the effect of the running lizard that Obi-Wan rides? Bad.
Conclusion – Yes, a fitting end to the Star Wars saga, and one that fills in the gaps admirably. It scores highly, but loses points because I’ve read the novel, and the novel is better.
This review was originally posted on www.lightsabre.co.uk on 23rd May 2005.