As the first screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are now in the books, Star Wars hysteria appears to have fully engulfed the world. In recent days many fans have taken it upon themselves to re-watch the earlier films in preparation for the seventh installment, including the much-maligned prequels. Among those who undertook this endeavor are the folks at Cinema Sins, who delivered a new installment of their "Everything Wrong With" videos for Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Actually, it’s videos, as all of the problems could apparently not be contained by a single offering.
If you’re familiar with the Cinema Sins formula, and you’ve seen Revenge of the Sith, you probably have a solid idea of what you’re in for, and this video delivers exactly what it promises. They take the movie to task for a variety of flaws, some big and rather obvious, other nitpicky and minor. There are issues like wooden dialogue, they point out some rather sizeable holes in the plot and logic of the world, and inconsistencies from movie to movie, among many other "sins."
And because one 13-minute video apparently cannot handle all the things Cinema Sins has deemed wrong with Revenge of the Sith, there’s another 13-minute video to complete the cycle. As you can imagine, part 2 continues down the path started in the first.
When the Emperor enacts Order 66, which decrees that the Jedi be wiped out, it’s apparently a rather easy task to accomplish, as these fierce, skilled warriors are all cut down in relatively short order by the rank and file forces. They continue to hammer home how ubiquitous, and questionable, the CGI is; how the script continually has characters talk about things that happen off screen instead of actually showing these events; and why can’t the Jedi, who are supposed to be in tune to all of this, not sense all this bad shit coming down? And, of course, there’s the now-infamous, "Noooooo!" scene.
Admittedly, some of these gripes are petty and trivial, but there are some legitimate questions. I do wonder how Chewbacca goes from, as they say, a war hero to being a smuggler. Perhaps we’ll learn how he hooks up with his future partner in crime in the young Han Solo Story movie that’s in the works.
Luckily for those of you who aren’t fans of the prequels, Star Wars: The Force Awakens goes down long, long after the fact, so while these events are still part of the canon, they’ll be largely relegated to the background.