Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars Episodi III: Sithin kosto / Star Wars Episod III Mörkrets hämnd. US (2005) Lucasfilm. A Twentieth Century Fox release. P: Rick McCallum. D+SC: George Lucas. DP: David Tattersall - De Luxe - anamorphic scope 1:2,35. PD: Gavin Bocquet. FX: Industrial Light & Magic. M: John Williams. S: Ben Burtts, Matthew Wood. ED: Roger Barton, Ben Burtt. Starring Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Natalie Portman (Padmé Amidala), Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker>Darth Vader), Ian McDiarmid (Supreme Chancellor Palpatine), Frank Oz (Yoda), Jimmy Smits (Senator Bail Organa), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu), Christopher Lee (Count Dooku). MPAA 41633. 140'. 2K digital intermediate, heavy digital look. A FS Film release with Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Arto Vartiainen / Markus Karjalainen. Viewed on Monday 25 July, 2005 at Kinopalatsi 3, Helsinki. (Following the Sight & Sound synopsis): Supreme Chancellor Palpatine has apparently been kidnapped by the separatist droid General Grievous and Count Dooku, but Palpatine is also Darth Sidious, a Sith lord who keeps the Clone Wars (being waged on the Republic by the separatist droid army) going to serve his own ends. Anakin and Obi-Wan save Palpatine. Anakin is secretly married to Padmé, pregnant for him. He suffers visions of her death in childbirth. Palpatine tells Anakin that followers of the Sith, which represent the dark side of the Force, can confer immortality on loved ones, and Anakin turns to the dark side. Palpatine manages a coup, transforming the Republic into the First Galactic Empire with himself as Emperor, and institutes a programme of assassinations to wipe out the entire Jedi Council. He battles with Master Yoda and Obi-Wan duels with Anakin. Padmé rejects Anakin, gives birth to Luke and Leia, and dies. Leia is adopted by Bail Organa, Luke is taken by Obi-Wan to Tatooine. Anakin, horribly burnt and maimed in the duel with Obi-Wan, undergoes cybernetic surgery and emerges as Darth Vader, a man-machine. - Now that the six-part Star Wars cycle is complete, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back is still the best, Episode IV and VI coming after, and this one is the best of the recent ones. An admirable fairy-tale adventure, with world-historical experiences in allegory form, Palpatine's progress clearly inspired by Hitler, Stalin, etc. There are good performances here, including Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman. Hayden Christensen is not quite up to the huge task of Anakin Skywalker>Darth Vader. As for the digital, the effects are wonderful, but because of the all-digital imagery, life, breath is missing. Even the fleeting glimpses of nature look plastic.

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