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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Runtime: 140 minutes
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz
Director: George Lucas
Violence: Many battle and fighting scenes. Robots destroyed with their heads, arms and legs cut off. Storm Troopers killed, one "run through" with a light saber (no blood is shown). Two men are electrocuted. One is killed and one is left deformed. One man is burned up with flames shown. Man's legs cut off with a light saber. Many young children are murdered, but not shown on screen (could be troublesome to young children).
Nudity: Some cleavage shown in a couple of scenes.
Other: Basic good vs. evil. Jedi have special powers and the Siths have special powers.
Integrity: Aspects of good and evil, even if good doesn't always seem to win
Three years after the Battle of Geonosis, the Clone Wars are coming to a close. Obi-Wan Kenobi, now a general, is sent by the Republic to bring down remaining Separatists Count Dooku and General Grievous. And Chancellor Palpatine has become corrupt, proclaiming himself Emperor, and, with Anakin Skywalker's help, begins to turn the Republic into the Galactic Empire. As Anakin ultimately becomes the evil we know as Darth Vader, Padme goes into hiding, and, at the end of one war, another conflict we know all too well is about to begin.
George Lucas sure knows how to tell a story. He has incredible imagination and creativity. How he brings these stories to the big screen in such epic fashion is amazing. The details of all the gadgets, flying machines, civilizations, distant worlds, and story lines are second to none. "Revenge of the Sith" brings the tale full circle back to Episode Four, the first Star Wars film Lucas released back in 1977. It has taken almost 30 years to find out how Darth Vader came to be and why he turned to the dark side and why Princess Leia and Luke didn't grow up together. This episode will surely appeal to die-hard "Star Wars" fans and the casual Sci-Fi viewer.
There is a bit more violence in this episode than in either One or Two but it is not as graphic as many other PG-13 films. This is the only "Star Wars" film that received the PG-13 rating. All the others were PG. I believe the main reason for this is a graphic scene where a man is burned up very badly. Parents should use caution if violence upsets their children. While light-sabers seem to be used everywhere to destroy robots and kill, it is all bloodless.
Other concerns include the links of the Force and the "dark side" of the Force to religion. In one scene Chancellor Palpatine tells Anakin that he is the only way for Anakin to achieve the full power of the dark side. Also, there is a dialog that references "right" as being just a matter of opinion and perspective. I am sure that "Revenge of the Sith" will be a topic of conversation at the water cooler for awhile.
Dove has awarded every "Star Wars" film with the Dove Seal, and it also awards it to Episode Three but with the cautions explained above and at a 12+ rating. On a side note, I do feel that Burger King is making a mistake by marketing this PG-13 "Star Wars" film in their Kids Meals.
Dove Family Approved: Recommended For Ages 12+
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