The 365 Best Films of the 2000s

Heroes of the Zeroes: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith

Heroes of the Zeroes is Nick Rogers’ daily, alphabetical look back at the 365 best films of 2000-2009.

“Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”
Rated PG-13

Trade embargoes and senatorial debates, romantic dialogue with less passion than a passed kindergarten note and the black hole that’s known as Jar-Jar Binks.

In terms of “Star Wars,” George Lucas’ delay of the inevitable had been, until 2005, about as much fun as that of waiting until April 15 to file taxes. But “Revenge of the Sith,” the final filmic bit of “Star Wars,” turned out to be the most thrilling, enthralling and tragic episode of the saga since “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Everyone knew Anakin Skywalker, a precocious pod-racing kid who was the next big Jedi, would become the evil mouth-breathing Darth Vader. “Sith” became wholly involving by finally grounding the how-and-why details in tangible love, hope, guilt, doubt, sadness, betrayal and fear, not stilted talk of politics, philosophy and “midichlorians.”

Lucas’s coffers couldn’t have been padded this way, but he should have done one movie — an hour of “The Phantom Menace,” five minutes of “Attack of the Clones” and the entirety of “Sith.”

Neither gratuitous nor neutered, the violence in this buzzed-about conclusion isn’t just lopped-off Jedi arms anymore — it’s decapitations, dead kids and burning flesh. And for once, the wretched cutesy-poo dialogue between Anakin and pregnant wife Padme actually masks their mounting sadness and pain.

Ending on a note of hope, this prequel conclusion built a fitting bridge to subsequent episodes (which chronologically arrived beforehand). Here, Lucas rediscovered this universe’s wonderment and imagination, finally delivering the “Star Wars” film for which fans had waited so long.

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3 Responses to “Heroes of the Zeroes: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”

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  2. Joe Shearer says:

    I agree this is the best of the new trilogy, but I still think it’s closer in overall quality to those two than the original films. The battles are still soulless and void of emotion, the dialog clunkier than an AT-AT, and nonsensical developments.

    The Obi-Wan/Anakin arc, arguably the most important relationship of the entire six films (only Obi Wan/Luke is close narratively) built in a completely backward way from Ep II, when they were squabbling constantly, building into friendship and mutual respect at the beginning of Ep III, then suddenly for no real reason save a contrived "You turned her against me" (Obi Wan was merely wishy-washy about Anakin joining the council rather than wholly against it, which was the only other point of contention between them in the film, as I recall).

    Anyway, I call it the best of three bad movies, but it does contain the most kickass moment of the three films, which is Yoda cooly taking out the Emperor’s guards without even acknowledging them as he walks into His Highness’ office.

  3. Bobby McFerrin says:

    This was clearly the best of the new movies. Bobby was so tired of the ridiculousness of the first two, that he had little hope for this one. He was worried. But then, happy.