A worthy and a great bridge capping the end to the epic scifi saga
The story-Now a Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker is in the midst of the clone war, which was ignited towards the ending of the previous episode 2: attack of the clones. The story shows the Jedi starting to win this ever treacherous intergalactic war when troubles begin to brew once again within Skywalker. In episode 2, his troubles were growing and becoming ominous, in this sequel his troubles return much more stronger and this time-it will not go away. Ultimately his anger, frustation, and love brings him closer to the power he desires, but it brings him down to the path of the dark side. The path of becoming the infamous villain of the saga, Darth Vader. This is an intriguing story but being a prequel from Episodes 4, 5, and 6, this was obviously going to be Anakin Skywalker's fate. We knew what was going to happen in the outcome of this clone war, but nonetheless, it manages to support the entirety of the film for over two hours. I am impressed at how the storyline turned out. Unlike the previous two films, it did not seem to drag as much and nor did it seem to bore me as the last two did. Yet however, the screenplay was not that great. George Lucas having conceived the entire saga and this screenplay does a well enough job but still the dialogue in this film could not match the essence in which was held in episodes 4, 5, and 6.
The acting-This is the thing in which made the film seem a bit off. Anakin Skywalker, portrayed by Hayden Christensen, is supposed to be boiling with all this trouble he is struggling with inside of him. Hayden does a very decent job at doing this. It seems as if only towards the end does he develop enough emotion to give a nice finishing touch to his acting. For the rest of his acting however, it seems as if he were reading off his script without almost any emotion. Ewan McGregor returns for the third time as Obi-Wan Kenobi, a sort of father figure to Skywalker. He does a good job at portraying a man who is struggling with Skywalker's new character and he is also struggling to find the one he had trained for many years-gone. As simple as that. Natalie Portman returns as Padme Amidala, Anakin's wife and she is the main aspect in which spurs on Anakin's anger, frustation, and love. She does a good job in trying to find the man whom she once loved, portraying a senator lost in the sudden change in government, and she does a great job in kicking in the emotions when they are most needed. Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, does a good job as well. His character seems to be an obstacle in Anakin's way and he pulls him back from ever doing what he wants to do. A strong obstacle that however, deserved a much stronger performance. Ian McDiarmid as the sinister Palpatine does a good job as well. His performance seems to make you think that he is the incarnation of the devil. Very tempting and very evil at the same time. He also does well in disguising his true self and he slowly reveals his true self later on. Overall, the entire cast does well enough to pull through.
The directing- I can't say that this is George Lucas best work, but he certainly does return in some ways to the original star wars roots to pull out a worthy ending to the saga. He does seem to put much work into this one then the others and he does well at doing so. I only wish however, he could have taken more time in the screenplay and that he could have guided his actors more and he could have tried to bring out much more from them.
The visuals-this is perhaps the best thing about the film next to the story. The cgi is great, not excellent, but great. It does so well in putting characters seamlessly interacting with the actors and it also does well in bringing the entire universe of Star Wars to life. I also must say that the art direction here is magnificent. Ryan Church did a marvelous job in creating creatures and landscapes and various planets that made it almost impossible not to appreciate his work. Industrial light and magic, Lucas own special effects company, also does well in bringing more emotional conveyances into each digital character. For example: The cyborg General Grieveous. His body portrays sinister and evil and his eyes portray this as well. This is where we go into the aspect of cinematography. Cinematographer David Tattersall does a very decent job here and he mostly does great in his close up shots. My favorite shot is a extreme close up on General Grieveous's eyes, which show how evil he is and the reddish-brown hue of the planet behind him also does well in adding to how evil his character is.
The score-John Williams does a great job here, but certainly not his best however. He does great in bringing out more from each character especially when Anakin and Obi-Wan are dueling amidst a planet made of molten rock. The hellish environment and volcanoes along with John Williams perfect score made Anakin's anger become more known. It also definitely shows the mood of the entire scene as well.
Overall, this is a good ending to the scifi saga and though I was a bit disappointed, it was still a fun ride.
This has been a review by daveactor7 :)