Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
|Released:||Thursday, May 19, 2005|
|Studio:||20th Century Studios|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
In one of the final battles of the ongoing Clone War Obi wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker engage Dooku in attempt to rescue Lord Palpatine. Prodded by Palpatine Anakin beheads an unarmed Dooku to begin his decent to the darkside. Obi-Wan Kenobi is then sent to take down the leader of the droid army, General Grevious, and end the Clone Wars. Meanwhile the secrets of the Dark Side of the Force are too much for Anakin to deny as the Evil Lord Sidious tempts him to turn against his master and his allies.
Purchase DVD/Blu-ray/4K physical copy of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith today at
New Star Wars Feature Film Coming from Academy Award Winner Taik... 5/4/2020 1:45 PM EDT
It has been announced that Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi will be directing and co-writing a new "Star Wars" feature film for theatrical release. Waititi recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for "Jojo Rabbit" and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of "The Mandalorian" on Disney+. Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns will co-write with Waititi.In addition, Emmy®-no... More>>
The Rise of Skywalker Heading to Disney Plus on May 4th 4/27/2020 10:23 AM EDT
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga, will be coming to Disney+ two months early. The release will be in honor of "May the 4th," affectionately known by fans around the world as "Star Wars Day." Now, for the first time, fans will be able to view the entire saga in one place.The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Osc... More>>
Rise of the Skywalker Digitally Released Ahead of Schedule 3/14/2020 10:10 PM EDT
Earlier, we wrote about Disney+ releasing "Frozen 2" three months early and now you can also catch "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". The studio's digital release, which was slated for Tuesday, is available right now to buy on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, and Vudu.For fans who would rather wait and rent the film, it will be available to do so on March 31. You can also purchase the Blu-ray, DVD,... More>>
Live Stream Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker World Premier Event... 12/16/2019 3:05 PM EDT
Tonight, the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the highly anticipated conclusion of the Skywalker saga-the iconic story that has spanned four decades over nine episodes and spawned legions of fans worldwide, will take place. The event will be live-streamed with moments powered by Verizon 5G starting tonight at 5:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET on StarWars.com!Verizon, Disney StudioLAB ... More>>
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss Leave New Star Wars Trilogy Project 10/29/2019 9:51 AM EDT
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, from "Game of Thrones" fame, have decided to step away from their deal with Disney's Lucasfilm to do a trilogy in 2022."We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything," they said in a ... More>>
Kevin Feige Developing New Star Wars Film 9/26/2019 11:08 AM EDT
It's been reported that Kevin Feige will be developing a "Star Wars" film. The news was confirmed by Disney."We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars, but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pur... More>>
Ewan McGregor to Reprise Role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Disney+ 8/16/2019 2:54 PM EDT
It's being reported that Ewan McGregor is currently in talks to join the cast of a yet-untitled TV series for Disney+. He would be reprising his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi.McGregor played Kenobi in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), playing a young version of the character.Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally played by Alec Guinness 1977's Star Wars: A New ... More>>
Veteran Star Wars Alum Reunite at Galaxy's Edge Disneyland 5/30/2019 1:20 PM EDT
Galaxy's Edge was launched this week at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA with a full-scale media blitz. In addition to a firework and a light show, some of our favorite Star Wars alum made an appearance. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Billy Dee Williams gathered on stage with George Lucas and Bob Iger.The new "land" is an immersive experience with vehicle replicas including the Millenium Falc... More>>
Carrie Fisher to Make Appearance in The Rise of Skywalker 5/23/2019 1:38 PM EDT
"Star Wars" fans will be seeing an unexpected character in the next film. J.J. Abrams has revealed that the late Carrie Fisher will be included in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."How can that be? Well, J.J. knew that a digital version of Fisher wouldn't be right but remembered that there was extra footage of Fisher from 2015's "The Force Awakens". He decided to incorporate that into the new fil... More>>
Game of Thrones' David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Head Up Next St... 5/14/2019 1:21 PM EDT
It has been confirmed that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will head up the next Star Wars film. Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger confirmed the news today at the MoffetNathanson Media & Communications Summit."I haven't seen [Episode] 9 finished yet, but I'm confident based on the pieces that I've seen and the script that I've read that it's going to be extremely popul... More>>
Walt Disney Studios Releases Film List Through 2027 5/7/2019 4:31 PM EDT
The Walt Disney Studios have released their current film schedule through 2027. The calendar includes some changes that were made including some major additions.This summer alone will see the release of some major films including Disney's Aladdin on May 24, Fox's Dark Phoenix on June 7, Pixar's Toy Story 4 on June 21, Fox's Stuber on July 12, and Disney's The Lion King on July 19. the rest of the... More>>
Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew Dies at 74 5/2/2019 9:40 PM EDT
Peter Mayhew, known to the world as the man behind the character of Star Wars' Chewbacca, has died at 74. The news was announced on his Twitter account today.Mayhew portrayed Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015). His former Star Wars co-stars took to social media to express their feelings a... More>>
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Theatrical Review
Out of a need to explain the back story of one of the most recognizable movie villains of all time Lucas began releasing the “prequels” to the original trilogy in 1997. The first two films (“The Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones”) were met by a critical panning and rocking of the core fan base. With the 6th and final film (3rd of the new prequel generation) Lucas transcends his critics of recent years and delivers a forceful punch to complete his outer space saga. In answering the questions which fans have been asking for 30 years he proves that there is still good in Star Wars.
Anakin Skywalker (played by a more mature Hayden Christensen) is now a Jedi. However a secret marriage to his now pregnant wife Padme (miscast, but ravishing Natalie Portman), and a lack of respect (or is it fear of his power) amongst his peers leads him to question his place in the galaxy. His relationship with his mentor Obi Wan Kenobi (a heroic Ewan McGregor) begins to break down when he is denied the rank of “Master” for killing one of the evil Sith Lords Count Dooku (blink and you missed him Christopher Lee). Dreams of the death of wife lead him to seek council from his friend and father figure Chancellor Palpatine (a determined and powerful Ian McDiarmid). After revealing his true identity (is this a secret to anyone?) Palpatine seduces Anakin to use his powers for evil. And boy does he!
The second half of the film surrounds the downfall of Anakin Skywalker into a murderous tyrant aimed and wiping out the Jedi. With the help of “Order 66” (a call to the genetically engineered to follow any orders Clone Troopers) Anakin kills anyone in his path including children. This sequence alone probably warranted the PG-13 rating (every other film in the Star Wars saga has been PG).
The final battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker is inter-cut with a battle between the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious and his sarcastically referred to “little green friend” Yoda (voice of Frank Oz). By far the most intense light saber battle you have ever or will ever witness, the Obi Wan Anakin duel is what the fans have been waiting for and it delivers.
As always Industrial Light and Magic blows us away with outstanding CGI characters, lush living digital landscapes, and sound design worthy of your 6.1 surround system. The effects are complemented by the explosive score of the ever brilliant John Williams. If you thought “Duel of The Fates” was cool wait till you hear “A Hero Falls” Williams virtually defined the power and emotion of what is happening on screen and truly is the heart of the film.
As stated before the final battles are worth the price of admission alone and some credit must go to long time stunt coordinator Nick Gillard (who makes a cameo appearance).
Ewan McGreggor as Obi-Wan Kenobi has been solid throughout the prequels and deserves his top billing in this film. His final plea to bring Anakin back to light side is a highlight of the saga and you can truly see the pain on McGreggors face when Anakin Skywalker truly dies and Darth Vader is born.
Finally unleashed, Lord Sidious shows how truly evil he is. From his slithery light saber duel with Mace (Shaft) Windu in which he ultimately fakes Anakain into killing his friend, to the final showdown with an overmatched and overconfident Yoda. He truly exemplifies the Dark Side of the force.
Natalie Portman was just never the right choice to play the mother of Luke and Leia. While she is fantastic in many other films (Garden State) this genre just seems not suited for her. Her chemistry with Christiensen is non existent which was essential for the less than spectacular lines she was given by Lucas to create a romance between the two. And you left with no real feeling of sadness when she ultimately dies giving birth to Luke and Leia.
General Grievous as a villain who for those who are unfamiliar with “The Clone Wars” cartoon series has an unexplainable hacking cough. Ok, Ok, he’s supposed to be some sort of predecessor to Darth Vader (we all know his asthmatic breathing problems) but the cough is neither cool nor necessary and detracts from the character. He has some cool moments (like his light saber duel with Obi-Wan) but Obi Wan made short work of this utterly disposable character.
In the end we are back, figuratively, to the beginning. A circle complete, a changed perception of the man beneath the mask, and one hell-uv-a 6 movie marathon. The saga truly is the story of the good and evil in all of us. Light vs. Dark. Good vs. Evil. Duality.
-- Eric English
For more reviews please visit our film/television review section.