29 October, 2020

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith

So how does the finale measure up with a non-worshipper of the Star Wars cult? Rather well.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Ian McDiarmid
Director: George Lucas
Rating: ***

This review comes with a warning. It's written by someone who doesn't belong to the Star Wars cult, who didn't grow up with the smashing mythology of the Jedis and the Siths and who is rather old-fashioned in her belief that cinema is all about human beings, their relationships and emotions than about marvels like Master Yoda, R2D2 or C3PO. So, how then does the finale measure up with a non-worshipper? Rather well.

The technical wizardry, the special effects, the ear-buzzing sound, the mind-numbing action and those magnificent light-sabres are all there. So are the many CG robots and androids. But apart from the larger-than-life spectacle, the thrill and excitement, there's a Faustian element to the story that's very attractive and heart-tugging. A good man knowingly selling his soul to Satan—the tragedy of a voluntary fall. It's fascinating to see how easily good turns evil, how...



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