Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith begins, like all Star Wars films do, with a shot in space. We pan down to a battle raging on, Anakin (Haydn "Can't Act If His Life Depended On It" Christensen) and Obi-Wan (Ewen McGregor) amongst some of the republic members. They're here to rescue Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) from the evil clutches of General Grievous (Matthew Wood). Upon their return, Palpatine closes in with Anakin, attempting to turn him against his master and the rest of the Jedi council. He attempts to bring young Anakin towards the dark side, bribing him with ever-lasting life and the opportunity to save his now pregnant wife, Padmé (Natalie Portman) from death. It's an offer that's hard to resist, and so begins his transformation into the character we know and love; Darth Vader.
Revenge of the Sith certainly does have the most impressive visuals effects of the lot, although they're not perfect. The big, epic space sequences and the final battle on Mustafa are without flaw, but a lot of the character designs and smaller moments are, much like most of the first two films, cringe worthy. There's a moment in which R2D2 takes on two Super Battle Droids and it looks like a b-grade cartoon. The effects are on par with the movie Free Birds, and we all know that film wasn't very good. Like, at all.
Thankfully, the plot of Anakin's turn is an engaging one. It's what we would've seen had Luke caved in to his father's wishes in the original trilogy, and it's thoroughly entertaining. Despite some bad acting, over the course of this trilogy we've slowly seen Anakin's transformation. It's been an ongoing thing, starting with his temper and eventually evolving into the murder of younglings, fellow Jedi and then the attempted murder of his wife and Obi-Wan. Hayden Christensen still can't act, but he's given the opportunity to look angry, and it appears that he's better at doing that than he was with everything else he was made to do in these movies.
In the original trilogy, all we ever saw of Yoda was a sassy, wise cracking old Jedi isolated on an empty planet. In Revenge of the Sith, we finally get to see the Jedi in action. Sure, he's not as sassy or hilarious as he was in the original trilogy, but he was pretty freaking awesome. Towards the end of the film, Yoda takes on Palpatine, who has now transformed himself into the Emperor of old. The battle is fast and exciting, Yoda showing off just how powerful of a Jedi he really is. We got a brief glimpse of this at the end of Attack of the Clones, but the battle hardly lasted. Here, Yoda proves us to he is worthy of all his perviously mentioned glory.
That being said, there is one scene in the second half of this movie that I completely despise. Mace Windu (Samuel L Jackson) and a group of unnamed Jedi approach Palpatine, hoping to arrest him. However, Palpatine takes out a lightsaber (because fuck it) and takes down the supporting Jedi. Nobody fights back. They just all watch as Palpatine approaches and slaughters them. Why does he even have a lightsaber? Who the hell knows? But that's not his only power. Once down on the ground, Anakin comes to the rescue, slicing off Mace Windu's hand. This gives Palpatine an opportunity to strike, and he does so by shooting his famous lightning from his hands, killing Mace Windu and transforming his figure into what we saw in the original trilogy. He doesn't seem the least bit phased by the fact that he just aged fifty-seven years. And to top it all off? He just randomly appoints Anakin the name of Darth Vader, because fuck you, that's why. It's one of the worst scenes in this entire trilogy, and there are a lot of terrible scenes.
But good old Anakin can't die yet. No, Palpatine comes to his rescue, transforming him into Darth Vader once and for all. Why is Palpatine just conveniently on Mustafar at the same time as Anakin and Obi-Wan? Nobody knows. But he is, okay. It's stupid, but it happened, and there's no going back. Anakin is fixed, donning the iconic black suit. Upon hearing of his wife's death (who died from a broken heart.... are you fucking kidding me? A broken heart? Fuck off), Vader lets off a loud "NOOOOOOOO," and it's unintentionally hilarious. In case his legacy wasn't already tarnished by the prequels, it sure as hell was now.
To sum up, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith is easily the best of the prequels. It's dark, action packed and (surprisingly) visually stunning. That being said, it's also a poorly paced, forced and occasionally dull installment, ruining the arcs of multiple characters.