“Revenge of The Sith” is an amazing film and deserves the $108 million dollars it racked up last weekend. However, it could have been even better but for the robotic acting of Hayden Christensen who plays Anakin Skywalker (who later becomes Darth Vader).
“Episode III,” the final installment of what I now think of as the most amazing saga of all time, begins three years into the Clone Wars. Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), along with his Master Obi-wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is sent to seek out the leader of the droid army, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee, now 73) and General Grievous (Matthew Wood) and rescue the kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). Later, Anakin learns that Senator Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), his wife, is pregnant and begins to have nightmares that she does not survive childbirth. Chancellor Palpatine draws Anakin to the dark side of the force, offering him the power with which he may be able to save her life. Little does he know he will become twisted by this power.
The special effects in this film are mystifying, whether it’s the lightsaber duels or the many aliens that fill the screen. The General Grievous character is an amazing computer generated image as is the cool komodo dragon/chicken that Obi-Wan rides around on. “Sith,” we will, no doubt, see your special effects crew earn honors come Oscar time
Ewan McGregor really shows how the acting should have been done in this film. In fact, most of the actors are believable. Christensen, however, is deadly. Throughout much of the movie he’s very dull and you almost have a hard time watching him. Portman isn’t very good either, and I felt her character was very limited. It seemed that all she did was wait around for Anakin. But at least you can feel what Director George Lucas was attempting.
The Anakin character becomes very cruel and some of the things he does are absolutely disturbing. If they would have cast someone better than Christensen the movie would have been much more effective. Johnny Depp, for example. Why not? He’s young (in appearance if not age), talented and could have made this character as evil as he was supposed to be.
“Episode III” begins as a fun ride with a space battle, lightsaber duels, and even some comic maneuvers from our buddy R2-D2. But then it slows down… until Anakin is noticeably darker and evil. Then it’s a lot faster and becomes what Star Wars is really about.
This film makes up for the last two, which were very disappointing. Apparently it’s ok to be a fan again.
“Sith” is the perfect transition between the latest trilogy and the original three films in the series and clears up many of the questions of the Star Wars saga. Let’s face it, we’ve been waiting for this film and everyone needs to see it even if you have only seen one previous Star Wars film.
In the film, one experiences the transformation of an innocent young boy into a horrible tyrant who will kill thousands, even the ones he’s loved, in order to achieve his goals. The war is over, but the Empire has begun. The Saga is complete…
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and some intense images.
This review is totaly unfair. I didn't mention any Hayden robotic action, he was perfect, nevertheless, Lukas was telling him how to act...
*If they would have cast someone better than Christensen the movie would have been much more effective. Johnny Depp, for example. Why not? He’s young (in appearance if not age), talented and could have made this character as evil as he was supposed to be.*
Man, such a bullsh*t... Reading all this I find review not so serious. But maybe I am wrong and JD could be better Anakin?
The problem with your response was that about 80% of his acting was robotic, the other 20% was just lightsaber action, which if trained correctly, anyone would be able to do. Hayden to tell you the truth, is one of the worst actors I have seen on screen. Johnny Depp is much, much better and has much more experience to prove it. The Director gives the actor directions, not how to act exactly, you only know how to act through your own skill and experience. Say Lucas tells Hayden to cry, it depends how Hayden responds to that and actually does it, not how Lucas directed him.
*Hayden to tell you the truth, is one of the worst actors I have seen on screen. *
Have you seen "life as a house" or at least "Shattered Glass"? He played perfectly in both, got "Golden Globe" nomination and Oscar buzz for Life as a House when he was 19.
*The Director gives the actor directions, not how to act exactly, you only know how to act through your own skill and experience.*
Lukas wasn't just directing - he was telling exactly what to do! Sort of "make two steps then slowly turn arround, wait a second and then say.." Hayden was confused and disagree but who is he to argue? I saw it on special feature stuff on DVD so I'd recommend it for you. SW isn't a movie to show good actor skills - Mr. Lukas didn't let his actors feel free so now we have what we have.
*Johnny Depp is much, much better and has much more experience to prove it. *
I love johnny Depp, he's my favourite. He is best now! I saw all of his movies)) But come on, was he good in Jump street or Nightmare? He has come a long way and has improved his acting skills - he had 15 years on big screen to do it. Besides, It's just funny how you said he could play better - I just can't compare 19 years old teenager and almost 40 years old veteran That's what absolute b*sh*t )) Of course JD could play better! I can say more - give me any character from any movie and I will definately say JD could play him better than current actor! Because it's Johhny Depp!
The Director gives the actor directions, not how to act exactly, you only know how to act through your own skill and experience. Say Lucas tells Hayden to cry, it depends how Hayden responds to that and actually does it, not how Lucas directed him.
LUCAS: Hayden, we want you to cry for this scene... To get you motivated...read the script and realize this is the best you'll ever have in your entire career...
*read the script and realize this is the best you'll ever have in your entire career... *
Now Hayden has Decameron, Awake and Factory girl ("Crash bandits" and "Poker Night" are in Pre-production) - so I don't think Lukas could make him realize that SW script is the best of his entire carier...
I think that despite the robotic acting, starwars may be one of my favorite films lol. I grew up watching it and nothing can change my love for the saga. Though not all parts were robotic, I think its just a new style of language not seen. The jedi would be calm and slow, even at face of death, its bread into them. Did you notice how almost every non-jedi gave us an acceptable preformance. But in my opinion obi-wan is pro, he did a good job.
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