When Episode III: Revenge of the Sith came out, we decided to watch all the previous episodes first which we already owned on DVD. Watching the whole series, I realized that if I hadn’t grown up with Star Wars, I wouldn’t like it as much as I do. I understand the achievements of the original three movies but watching them now they don’t seem overwhelming.
All the movies share bad dialog and a weak plot but the newer episodes (i.e. the prequels, episodes I, II, and III) are especially bad. For example, the romance of Anakin and Padme has absolutely no chemistry. Anakin sounds and looks like a petulant teenager all the time. In fact, the movie is filled with bad acting, even though the actors have done some good work in other movies. So it seems that George Lucas really needed a scriptwriter as well as a director.
Two things I wish existed in real life rather than movie-land are:
- Lava which is cool even at close range. You actually have to jump into the lava to die, but you can stand (and fight and jump etc.) right next to it. That would be so cool. I could actually be able to enjoy lava like that.
- Loss of will to live: In movies, someone just loses the will to live and dies soon enough. In real life, the poor schmuck would have to kill herself. I must say this lack of will to live could come in handy for the pro-euthanasia folk.
All that said, Revenge of the Sith is definitely the best of the prequels. Here is my rating of the six movies.
- Empire Strikes Back 9/10
- A New Hope 8/10
- Revenge of the Sith 7/10
- Return of the Jedi 6/10
- Attack of the Clones 6/10
- The Phantom Menace 5/10
Still, I have enjoyed Star Wars since I was a kid and it is one of the few movies in my DVD collection.