Compiled by: Jack Foley
THE final part of the Star Wars prequels, Revenge of the Sith,
seems to be drawing a favourable response from critics around
As the early reaction from preview screenings begins to filter
in, it seems George Lucas has ended the six-film saga on a high,
as Anakin Skywalker completes his journey to the Dark Side of
IndieLondon's Jack Foley, for instance, stated
that 'Lucas has created a masterpiece to rival The Empire Strikes
Back; one that succeeds in drawing the saga to a richly spectacular
finale that delivers on a visceral level, as well as emotionally'.
While Empire believes that 'unlike its truly
divisive predecessors, future generations will not pass over the
superior Episode III lightly: Star Wars really does begin here'.
John Hiscock, of the Daily Mirror, noted that
'any fears that the climax to the epic Stars Wars series would
disappoint are swept away in a roller-coaster ride of breathtaking
action, romance and a heartbreaking choice between good and evil'.
And The Sun declared that 'Revenge of the Sith
is a return to masterly form for George Lucas' - although it noted
that 'young children could have nightmares after seeing Anakin's
In America, advance word is similarly strong, with many declaring
Revenge of the Sith to be among the best in the series to date.
Variety stated that 'whatever one thought of
the previous two installments, this dynamic picture irons out
most of the problems, and emerges as the best in the overall series
since The Empire Strikes Back'.
While Hollywood Reporter wrote that 'the final
episode of George Lucas' cinematic epic Star Wars ends the six-movie
series on such a high note that one feels like yelling out, 'Rewind!'"
Positive, too, was Newsweek, which stated that
'Lucas manages to turn the audience's familiarity to his advantage:
like a jigsaw puzzle whose final form has always been known, the
fun is in discovering how the last pieces fit'.
While Reelviews referred to it as 'a rousing
and tragic sendoff to a beloved franchise, and the best installment
in the Star Wars series since 1980's The Empire Strikes Back'.
Returning to the UK and the BBC stated that
'lapses aside, Revenge Of The Sith is what we wanted all along:
a chunky, funky space opera spectacular'.
Keep checking back to find out more about the global reaction
to Revenge of the Sith and to read the full IndieLondon review.