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Critics react to Revenge of the Sith

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 the world.

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 the Force.

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 murderous rage'.

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.

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