Star Wars ‘Revenge of the Sith’: ‘Titanic’ in Space
Star Wars creator George Lucas, foreshadowing his plan to suck the last bit of life out of the franchise, announced that the final film in the series will be a “tearjerker” — a “‘Titanic’ in space.”
Director George Lucas had a message for fans as he previewed a glimpse of the final tale in the billion-dollar “Star Wars” film franchise: leave the lightsabers at home, but don’t forget the tissues. “It’s not like the first one. It’s more emotional,” said the director of the upcoming space adventure “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith,” which arrives in theaters May 19. “I describe it as a ‘Titanic’ in space. It’s a real tearjerker, and it will be received in a way that none of us can expect,” he told theater owners at the ShoWest convention.
ShoWest is a major gathering of movie theater owners in the United States and a launch pad for Hollywood’s summer movies. Film studio 20th Century Fox teased a packed house here with the first six minutes of “Revenge of the Sith,” marking the first time the scenes had been shown to audiences.
Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) and master Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) wage a furious fight against their adversaries in a battle of deadly spaceships. In this episode, Skywalker becomes the notorious Darth Vader.
Lucas and the promotional clip did not divulge much about the “tearjerker” love story. But Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman), who married Skywalker in a secret ceremony witnessed in the last movie, plays a key role. If Lucas’s comparison to “Titanic” is to be believed, there must be heartbreak in “Revenge of the Sith” because 1997’s tale of the doomed ocean liner stirred audiences with its tale of an ill-fated affair between characters played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
Fans might have hoped for an action-packed drama explaining how Anakin Skywalker becomes the leader of the Dark Side of the Force. Of course, this might just be an elaborate ruse on Lucas’ part to make fans happy if the movie is short of the worst film they’ve ever seen. After all, a week ago Lucas was telling us that this was an incredibly dark and scary movie unsuitable for children. While I have not seen (and never intend to see) ‘Titanic,’ that’s not my impression of that movie.