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FanFix February 25, 2014 32088
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Star Wars: Episode III - Labyrinth of Evil is a brilliant improvement to what I already considered an enjoyable movie.
After being blown away by Episode II, The Approaching Storm, I was excited to see what could be done to improve Episode III. Revenge of the Sith is considered by many, including myself, to be the best of the prequels -- not only because it ties up all lose ends, but because overall the story is much more structured and emotionally engaging than the previous two prequel films. Where The Phantom Menace felt disconnected from not only the other two prequels but the series as a whole, and Attack of the Clones felt like a boring pre-history to what we'd all rather see (the Clone Wars mentioned in the Original Trilogy), Revenge of the Sith had it all. The epic Clone War conflict, the fall of the Republic, and of course the rise of Darth Vader and the Empire. I honestly didn't know what to expect from this fan edit.
In my mind going in, I thought maybe this edit would keep very close to the original film, only trimming and changing minor details here and there as Hal did with Episode I. Instead once again I was blown away by how many additions there were, good additions that weren't added just for the sake of it, but added much needed context missing from the original film. The humble beginnings of the Rebel Alliance, much needed scenes fleshing out Anakin and Padme's romance, Palpatine's manipulation having more spotlight thus making his corruption of Anakin more realistic, even new scenes that show us why characters go to the places they go in this movie and why.
On the other hand, a lot of things were trimmed that I absolutely agreed with. Scenes that went on for way too long such as the Mustafar duel, the rescue of Chancellor Palpatine, and faceoff with Grievous, scenes and dialogue that were clunky and irreparable due to either poor acting or pacing such as Anakin's slaughter of children (you know, just in case you couldn't already tell he was evil), Chewbacca's forced insertion into the film, and even the laughable duel between Palpatine and Yoda.
Not only does this improve Revenge of the Sith, but it even flows consistently with Hal's other movie edits. The much more likable Anakin from Hal's Episode II is the Anakin we see here. This is the Anakin we should have gotten, this Anakin feels more in line with the Anakin we got in the Clone Wars animated series. The reinforced friendship with Obi-Wan and Anakin between Hal's Episode II and III make for a much better battle in the end, Anakin's relationship with Padme between Hal's Episode II and III make for a much more tragic ending for the trilogy, and Anakin's much less angsty child-like behavior makes for a more believable Jedi warrior.
Going forward, these are the canon prequels in my mind. They were nothing short of stellar.

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