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Unarguably the best of the prequels
There's enough CGI here to literally fry your brain and due to the sheer over-saturation of it I can never take the environments very seriously. None of the clones are even real, no actual armor, nothing, not even the ones standing one foot from Yoda in a close-up shot. It's just super lazy filmmaking and really brings down the quality.
Continuing a trend started in AOTC the screen chemistry between Anakin and Padme doesn't exist and I think so much of the failed energy comes from the script. It feels… very much like soap opera quality. So much of it is downright cringe worthy. There are so many lines of dialogue where I find myself covering my eyes and smirking.
Interesting on the choice of pacing in this film. After the opening battle above Coruscant the entire film is almost a series of clips separated by one of those scene transitions that is classic of Star Wars. It doesn't allow for a whole lot of development. There's one minute of Anakin and Padme, then we focus a little on Obi-Wan, then back to the couple again for a few more bits of dialogue. I think part of why ROTS suffers so greatly in the minds of fans is that there is just so much crammed into it and the character development doesn't build up correctly to events that affect the rest of the Star Wars universe so it all just feels rushed and underdeveloped. Supposedly the uncut movie was 4 hours long and to be brutally honest I want to see it. I think it would be vastly superior to the theatrical version and give the right amount of time needed to develop the plot and characters.
On a side note, if you are a little bummed out that the Clone Wars start at the end of AOTC and end about halfway into this movie then check out the Clone Wars TV series. Not only does it add a ton of storyline to help understand the films but it also does a beautiful job of highlighting Anakin's descent to the dark side. I can't recommend it enough. I mean you can't help but think that characters like Grevious were desperately in need of more screen time.
I agree that this is the best of the prequel trilogy. I still found a lot of annoying stuff in it, though. I mean can the Jedi learn to keep their lightsabers in their hands?
On the other hand, I particularly enjoyed the silent scene, "the calm before the storm", or something like that.
Half a minute of art in a 6-hour trilogy… What a waste!
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