Tuesday, February 12, 2008

DVD Collection Part 6

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Rating: 87

Plot summary: Whiny Anakin Skywalker spirals toward ultimate tragedy as the galaxy is ripped apart by a war between the Republic and the Separatists. Taken under the wing of kindly old Chancellor Palpatine, Anakin grapples with secret love, ambition, confusion, and ultimately self-delusion. His "love" for his wife Padme spells ultimate doom for Anakin, who eventually turns his back on his friend and mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, before becoming trapped in the living hell of being Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. The last part happens after Anakin tells his friend he hates him, and then proceeds to catch on fire in a scene that's both emotionally jarring and unintentionally funny if you happen to be in the proper mood.

Favorite Quote 1: "You were my brother Anakin! I loved you!"
Favorite Quote 2: "Execute Order 66."
Favorite Quote 3: "Do it!"
Favorite Quote 4: "Power! Unlimited power!"
Favorite Quote 5: "I AM the Senate!"
Uncomfortable Love Quote: "No, it's because I'm so in love with you."
Most Disappointing James Earl Jones Quote: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Why it's in my collection: A devoted Star Wars fan, I was pumped when I learned about the prequel trilogy. And like any other devoted fan, I was at opening day for each of the new movies. Refusing to let go of my childhood love, I enjoyed all the prequel movies, while admitting they're not as good as the original trilogy. Still, you've got Jedi, big battles, lightsabers, huge ships, and John Williams' score. Truly, you can't go wrong with any of those elements, even if the B-movie bad guy/droid has a bad cough. I honestly can't imagine ever having a movie collection that didn't include each Star Wars film. Owning this one completed my Star Wars movie collection.

Odd acquisition story: When this movie came out on DVD, I was extremely excited. Then I found out there was a "team meeting" at work. I have a strange shift, with my hours being from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. on most days. The staff meeting didn't start until 1 p.m. So I did what any good Star Wars fan would do; I left work after my shift was over, drove up to Wal-Mart (the closest retail store I could think of, unfortunately), picked up my copy, and then returned to work for the meeting. I swear to you, no meeting has ever lasted so long! But the good thing is...once it was all over, I got to relive Revenge of the Sith at home. I'm pretty sure I watched it three days in a row!

Lingering Questions: Why did anyone think it'd be cool/neat/necessary for General Grievous to cough? Why must Star Wars villains have respiratory problems? How many Jedi survived the Purge? Why is it that Palpatine got all the good lines!? And how could any sane person ever doubt that Darth Sidious and Palpatine were the same dude!?

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