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As the conclusion to the "Star Wars" saga, the finale of the film is known from the beginning of the prequel trilogy. It is usually enjoyable to know what happened and try to figure out how it happened, but Lucas' poor inspiration made even this dull. This third film is much better than its two prequel predecessors. CGI is at last rewarding, there are great fight and battle sequences, and the plot is somehow more thrilling, even with its holes and trashy dialogue. "Revenge of the Sith" comes nowhere near close to the promise its plot initially shows, but does not generally tire as much as "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones" did.… Full Review »
"Attack of the Clones" is better than its prequel predecessor, but is still too weak compared to the original films. The plot seems weak, the dialogue stupid and performances are unacceptably mediocre. Anakin and Amidala don't look in love, because Christensen and Portman cannot even pretend they have chemistry. Direction is good, especially in the CGI battles and the visuals are of a decent but not high quality (this movie came along the same time as "The Lord of the Rings"), mainly due to overuse of the chroma key technique, with the exception of a charming view in Varykino, where Anakin and Padme take refuge.
It's a pity Williams' beautiful score is wasted on such a terrible claptrap.… Full Review »
"The Phantom Menace" features some good scenes, such as the pod race and the final battle sequence, but is overall a unworthy successor to one of the most prominent franchises in film history. It disappoints with its childish looks, it tires with its extravaganza and it irritates with its empty characters. Casting choices are not bad, there are advanced visual effects that stun the viewer, but in general it is hardly as interesting as the fuss about it.… Full Review »
Notably weaker than its predecessors, "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" delivers some fun, provokes some thought, but generally struggles to find a way to end the promising story "Empire Strikes Back" left unfinished. Acceptable visuals, even by today's standards, good performances, some intelligent plot details make the film pretty enjoyable. But it doesn't meet its expectations and disappoints with its cheesy dialogue and its predictable ending. A good film, overall, but a must-see only because you have to see how the story ends(?).… Full Review »
Regarded as the best "Star Wars" film, "The Empire Strikes Back" is perhaps the one that actually established the franchise. There are improvements on the first film, there is a greater depth to the story and characters, and there is a better pace. Acting performances are generally better and more mature. Some political comments are strongly made in this second installment. The soundtrack by John Williams features some beautiful new musical themes, further enhancing the result. Overall, it is a great sequel that does not bear the historical significance of its predecessor, but in fact overpowers it.… Full Review »