This movie was absolutely incredible. I loved every minute of it. Everybody already knew what was coming (I have to assume that anyone who watches this movie is at least aware of the original trilogy and that Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader (oops, I spoiled the ending)) but it’s the physical journey that really matters…and I’ve known the details of the plot for several weeks now (courtesy of the comic book and novel adaptations)…I have to say, I wonder now if not knowing anything would have been more exciting than knowing everything because I knew exactly what was happening and loved it. No plot twist was out of place for me. I am in the rare minority of those who actually enjoyed all of Episode’s I and II (including Jar Jar Binks) and I feel that the saga (all 6 episodes) work even better together than ever before. I applaud Lucas’ effort in telling the complete story of Anakin Skywalker, from his youth to his fall to his redemption. It works beautifully.The fight choreography is incredible, especially the ultimate lightsaber battle in the history of the world at the end of the movie. It’s absolutely stunning fight work and I salute Nick Gilliard and the countless man-hours and stuntmen that helped bring the fights to life.
The music was (of course) phenomenally epic (who could ask anything more of John Williams?) and covered the emotional depth (or is it death?) of Anakin and Padme’s love as well as Anakin’s psychological collapse to the dark side.
What was also incredible about the way Lucas presented Anakin’s fall was that old adage about the road to hell being paved with good intentions…although some of his “good intentions” seem evil in their own right…except just because something goes against the ways of the Jedi shouldn’t make it evil…even Yoda dabbled in the dark arts to make him stronger…and only the Sith deal in absolutes. But that’s a physiological argument for another time.
I just can’t seem to praise this movie enough…especially since watching the movies in sequence only heightens the incredible work that Lucas pulled off (the nearly-seamless integration of 30 years of movie-making magic).
This movie is a must see for any Star Wars fan…for normal people, I recommend it only if you like action and psychology…