How to Make Something Sweet: The Star Wars Prequels, Part 3 (Revenge of the Sith)


Revenge of the Sith may confuse people. If you are reading this, the likelihood is that you have both seen the film and read my review. And I did give this movie a positive review. But there are still massive problems. If you look at my ranking of all the movies that I've reviewed, Revenge of the Sith is still in the bottom half. And this movie is easier for me to fix because the biggest problems are in the story. Hayden Christensen and the dialogue are still bad, but not as bad as in the previous two. I'm going to be building off of the first two How to Make Something Sweets, so if you haven't read those, go read them then come back. That said, let's see how we can finish off the Star Wars prequels and make Revenge of the Sith a better movie.


Biggest Problems


The biggest problem with Revenge of the Sith that is fixable is Anakin's fall to the dark side. If you want my full thoughts on that, check out my review for the film right here: Revenge of the Sith Review. I analyze a lot more than I am going to here, so go read that if you want an idea of what I'll be covering throughout this post.


It also really isn't that good until Anakin turns to the dark side and we get Order 66. The first part where they are chasing down General Grievous leaned more into the bad parts of the prequels. Once again, if you want my full thoughts, check out my review.


Revenge of the Sith: New and Improved


The movie can start off essentially the same way, but shorter. I did complain about Grievous before, but I am basing this as a sequel to my version of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. In those, I had built up General Grievous as the replacement for Viceroy Gunray, so he's already been in my version of the prequels.


Anakin and Obi-Wan will do the space battle and will get into the chambers to rescue Palpatine, who will still have been captured by the Separatists. However, I want Anakin and Obi-Wan to fight both Count Dooku and General Grievous. We haven't really ever gotten two Sith versus two Jedi, which I think will be cool.


Obi-Wan will get knocked out and Grievous will run off with Obi-Wan's unconscious body. The end will play out the same way, with Palpatine tempting Anakin to kill Dooku, which he does. Anakin frees Palpatine, who wants to leave and not rescue Obi-Wan, but Anakin refuses and they go to save Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan will be tied up, we'll get a little fight scene between Anakin and the Separatist droids, and then he'll be freed. The ship will crash and Grievous will have escaped.


We'll get some fun, nice banter between Obi-Wan and Anakin, then Anakin will go off to see Padme. They will spend some time talking about the baby, and then he will meet with Palpatine. Palpatine will appoint him as his personal representative on the Jedi Council. The Council does the same thing that they do in the movie, appointing Anakin but not granting him the rank of master.


Obi-Wan tells Anakin to spy on the chancellor, and Anakin is skeptical. He turns his back on the Jedi and tells Palpatine that they have asked them to spy on him. Palpatine begins to give Anakin warning signs that the Jedi aren't trustworthy.


Obi-Wan finds Grievous in hiding and severely injures him, causing him to retreat. The war is almost over. All they need to do is find the Sith Lord behind it all. Obi-Wan will go back to Coruscant to find Anakin, instead finding Padme, who is about to give birth.


Palpatine and Anakin will meet at the opera, and I think that this is where Anakin will discover that Palpatine is Darth Sidious. Palpatine will tell him the Sith legend of Darth Plageius, which will make Anakin realize that he is a Sith Lord. Palpatine will tempt him to the dark side by telling him that the Jedi are plotting to take over, but Anakin isn't pulled. He'll go to Mace Windu and tell him about Palpatine.


Windu and Anakin go to arrest Palpatine, who attacks Windu. They have a lightsaber duel while Anakin helplessly watches. Windu begins to defeat Palpatine, who tells Anakin that the Jedi will take over the Republic if Windu kills him. Anakin tells Windu not to kill him, but Windu doesn't listen. We get what happens in the movie, where Windu blocks the lightning back into Palpatine's face, deforming him. Anakin cuts off Windu's hand, leaving Palpatine to toss him out the window.


Anakin realizes what he has done and leaves. We cut to Padme holding Luke and Leia. All of the sudden, she begins to lose blood and goes unconscious. Obi-Wan and the droids that are delivering the babies are frantic, but can't save her. Padme dies as Anakin walks in. The droids had taken the babies away, so Anakin doesn't see them. Obi-Wan tries to calm him down as he becomes increasingly dark. Anakin chokes Obi-Wan, then leaves.


Full of anger and hatred, he goes back to Palpatine and embraces the dark side, becoming Darth Vader. We get Order 66, which I think is pretty great in the film, so that stays. Palpatine tells Anakin to kill any remaining Jedi that he can see. He goes to the Jedi temple and kills the younglings and some other Jedi. Palpatine tells him to go to Mustafar and kill Grievous.


Obi-Wan and Yoda survive Order 66 and decide to separate the twins. Senator Bail Organa takes Leia, and Obi-Wan takes Luke to Tatooine. Palpatine reorganizes the Republic into the Empire.


Yoda tells Obi-Wan that he must find Anakin. Obi-Wan goes to Mustafar and Yoda goes to fight Palpatine. I think that this last part will be the exact same. Yoda loses to the Emperor and Anakin is burned after losing to Obi-Wan. The Emperor saves Anakin and he is put in the suit, officially becoming Darth Vader.


Yoda goes into exile and tells Obi-Wan to watch over Luke. I love the last shot, with Owen and Beru holding Luke in front of the twin suns, so that stays. I also want the shot of Vader and the Emperor supervising the Death Star building.


Recasting


Revenge of the Sith has the best acting out of the prequel trilogy, so that makes it easier to recast. It isn't much different then my Attack of the Clones cast, so just keep that in mind.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala

Frank Oz as Yoda


Conclusion


So that's it. This is the last of the How to Make Something Sweet: The Star Wars Prequels. I think that the prequels are a huge disappointment, but they were a few fixes away from being good. You eliminate the terrible dialogue and Hayden Christensen and you automatically have something that more people like. Some plot beats don't work well at all, and that was what this was for.


I hope you enjoyed this series. It was fun to change the prequels my way. If you want more How to Make Something Sweet posts, DM me or contact me through the blog. I will do some more in the future, likely the DCEU (Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad, Justice League, WW84) and possibly the third Spider-Man movie. Once again, contact me if you have any requests.