'Star Wars: 3 - Revenge of the Sith'
(Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, James Earl Jones, Hayden Christensen, et al / NR / 134 mins / Lucas Film)
Overview: The Clone Wars have been dragging on for three years, and Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi have emerged as heroes in the battle against evil Gen. Grievous' droid warriors. Skywalker returns to his secret wife, Padmé Amidala, only to discover that she is pregnant; he soon begins to have horrible dreams of her dying during childbirth. In order to prevent his fears from becoming reality, Skywalker begins to take steps down a path toward the Dark Side, resulting in an eventual Lightsaber duel between student (Skywalker) and mentor (Kenobi).
Verdict: To be quite frank, whatever gift Lucas had for dialogue has deserted him. The language in "Revenge" is banal and stilted, and although a distinct improvement on the last two episodes, still fails to live up to all the hype. And I say 'improvement,' but only in the same way that dying from natural causes is preferable to crucifixion!! The dialogue is astonishingly feeble, the acting unforgivably wooden, and yet for every scene that doesn't deliver the goods, there's another that hums with surprising intensity! But, not that many that saves this picture completely, unfortunately.