And now for my indepth review. But first, I must explain about my earlier statement concerning RotS vs. TPM. I do believe there were more and worse Cons in RotS, but I think this is caused by the fact that it shines so wonderfully in most other places. So, onward:
1. The story. I felt it summed up the Prequel Trilogy beautifully. No messy or rushed plot, everything meshed wonderfully.
2. The ending. It was a perfect ending, bringing in all the elements to tie it into the Original Trilogy, but not too much, and not too fast. A nice pace that gave us the transition into the Empire, the beginning construction on the Death Star, Owen and Beru taking Luke, and Bail taking Leia, among other things.
3. The Anakin vs. Obi-Wan lightsaber fight takes my breath away every time. The blue lightsabers against the lava...it's gorgeous. And the speed and ferocity of the duel! It far surpasses any other duel we'd been presented. Someone said that it doesn't show much emotion, but I felt that it does. Especially how well we were shown that they were perfectly matched. They knew each others' every move, every strike. I think this was especially well conveyed when they Force pushed each other across the room.
4. The dialogue between Anakin and Obi-Wan at the end. Mainly Obi-Wan's heartfelt bit. "You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness. You were my brother, Anakin! I loved you."
5. The planets. Utapau, as well as Kashyyyk, Coruscant, and the other planets were again beautifully done. If they were CGI, I couldn't care less. They looked awesome.
6. Boga. I don't know, but I really liked her. It was something different. Not somebody riding around in a speeder once again. I was pretty sad what happened. I know the book says she died, but I'm hoping the movie version deems otherwise. We all know how George loves to change canon.
7. The war. I loved the battlefield scenes. The clones fighing on Utapau and Kashyyyk...gives me chills most times.
8. Order 66. While this is one of the saddest bits of the movie, it was beautifully done. It certainly made me cry. My mom did as well, and she's not a Star Wars fan. The music there just...gets me every time.
9. The opening above Coruscant. Talk about a movie to see in theaters! That was the most amazingly done bit...I can't even describe how awesome I find it.
10. Grievous' bike. That thing is so awesome! I would love to have one of those.
These are just some of the major Pros that I noticed. There are many more, but I couldn't possibly list them all. So I'll move on to the Cons.
1. The super battle droids. I find the entire opening of the movie, after entering Grievous' ship, that is, to be rather disappointing. However, the super battle droids totally ruin whatever threads those scenes were hanging by. Someone said they were surprised I liked the droids in TPM? I did! They were great. Why the heck did they change them? They were far too humorous. They're supposed to be cold-blooded droids, the might of the Seperatists. How are we honestly supposed to take them seriously if they're acting like this? "What that?" "That nothing."
2. The humor on Grievous' flagship. I'm sorry, but while I don't mind humor, that wasn't the time for it. And there was way too much of it! It just seemed forced.
3. Some of the dialogue. Now, while the dialogue was much improved over AotC, the few lines that I didn't like were downright horrid. And they were the following:
"Wait a minute. How did this happen? We're smarter than this!"
I don't know why this line bothers me so much, but it does. I find it to be the only flawed bit of performance by Ewan MacGregor in the entire saga.
"So love has blinded you?"
What in the world?! I've pondered this for many moons, and I still can't figure out what that was supposed to mean. I don't blame Natalie Portman for this line at all. The words themselves should never have seen the light of day.
"If you're not with me, you're my enemy."
I'm not sure what's wrong with this line, but I felt Hayden did a bad job delivering it. It just seems sour every time I hear it.
"You will try."
Another bad line by Hayden. I don't think it was a terrible line in and of itself, but I didn't like the way he said it at all.
We won't even go into Palpatine's, "Noo, nooo. Noooo!"
4. The Jedi vs. Palpatine fight. I've mentioned this elsewhere, so let me be brief. The entire fight is not as bad as I remember, but how quickly and pitifully Palpatine kills Agen Kolar and Saesee Tiin is just sad. I can't even think of another way to put it. It literally makes me cringe every time.
5. Palpatine's face after the fight. It looked very fake to me. I couldn't take his 'deformity' seriously unless it was under a hood.
6. Anakin's turn to the Dark Side in Palpatine's office. It all seemed far too fast. For him to go from, "What have I done!" to, "I pledge myself to you. I will destroy every Jedi in the temple, even the younglings, and even my best friend and mentor, Obi-Wan." Paraphrased, of course, but it seemed too quick. The only way I can justify it is to think, "He realized there was no turning back. He might as well go all the way."
7. Palpatine's name declaration for Anakin. "You shall be known as Darth...Vader." He pauses too unconvincingly, as if to pull the name from the air. "Ah, yes, that sounds good. I don't even know what it means, but it just has this ring to it." Lately that scene has been making me laugh.
8. The crash landing at the beginning. While I love the lines, "We lost something", "Not to worry, we're still flying half a ship", and "Anoher happy landing", the whole crash bit was kind of overdone. They knock out an entire control tower, not to mention how many other buildings, and this isn't a big deal! How many civilians were killed in this crash? Certainly hundreds, unless you claim the place was evacuated. That's about the only way it works. I find this bit to be slightly amusing, though, rather than an actual Con.
Anyway, there are also more Cons, but I won't go into them all. Those are the major ones that bug me. And you may be thinking some of those are completely wrong, or rather minor, but I simply listed the ones that bother me.
1. The battle droids. I used to detest them in this movie, but they've grown on me. I actually laughed this time around. Whenever the one says, "You're welcome", that makes up for the rest of their antics.
So there you have it, my Pros and Cons review of Revenge of the Sith. I felt that the entire movie far surpassed The Phantom Menace (and certainly Attack of the Clones) in every way except for the Cons. I found more than I did in TPM. But again, this is most probably due to the fact that the movie is so good in the first place. All the bad things just look that much worse.
"It's not about the legacy you leave, it's about the life you live." ~Mara Jade Skywalker