My memory of this movie was that it was my favorite of the prequels, but that it was not a film that I loved. Looking back on Disney + at the film in preparation for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, I pretty much confirmed that opinion.
It was far and away better than the previous two Star Wars movies, but it still had big time problems that kept me from really loving the film. Interestingly enough, The Last Jedi had some big time problems but that did not prevent me from loving it. I wonder how much stench on this film was still being left by Attack of the Clones?
I will say the same thing about this film that I said about the previous prequels. There is too many light saber fights. Everybody is fighting with the light sabers and because of that, those cool possible moments (like Obi-Wan vs. General Grievous ) would have felt so much more special instead of just another CGI fight.
And the CGI continued to be a problem as everything lacked the realistic feel. There was too many scenes taking place in a pristine world that just did not fit with Star Wars worlds.
I sis not buy Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side. It felt as if it were coming out of left field and that he had not been pushed enough. Hayden Christensen was better here, but he still had that whininess about him that took away from the overall character. Then, slaughtering all of the Jedi children was much darker than I thought Anakin was. It felt unearned… something that I just had a hard time believing Anakin would do.
The light saber fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin at the end of the film was well done, but it felt as if it were too long. Much like the fight between Superman and Zod at the end of Man of Steel, I think if they had shortened this up, it would have been more effective.
This was the best Ewan McGregor was as Obi-Wan, and I almost wished this was the way Obi-Wan was for the full prequels. His dialogue was still not great, but the character was much more interesting than before.
And there was the scene that was iconic…but for all the wrong reasons. We see Darth Vader in full outfit for the first time in the prequels and what happened? Noooooooooooooooooo! You were not the only ones yelling that, Anakin.
There are plenty of plot holes and things that do not make sense here when you look at the original Star Wars trilogy, but that will just have to be ignored. Like why does Obi-Wan, in A New Hope, says to Luke that he does not remember ever owning a droid? I mean.. it is C3PO and R2D2. Sure, maybe they wiped the C3PO memory, but did they wipe Obi-Wan’s as well? How about when Yoda says, in response to Obi-Wan stating that Luke was thei rlast hope, “no, there is another.” Should Obi-Wan know that since he was there when Luke and Leia were born?
But despite this lack of continuity, Revenge of the Sith was definitely a step up from the previous two films and, while it may have had its share of problems. it was a much more enjoyable film. Maybe this looked as good as it did because of what it followed, but I do believe that they made some strides.