Space opera finale

In creating Revenge of the Sith, the third (chronologically) and final (cinematically) installment in the six-film Star Wars saga, George Lucas confronted a writing challenge unprecedented in movie history. Not only was he required to answer the questions and resolve the problems raised in The Phantom Menace (1999) and Attack of the Clones (2002), but he had to conclude the film in such a way that it could lead seamlessly into the first episode of the original trilogy—a film that was released 28 years ago. It’s the movie equivalent of an ancient builder lowering the final massive block into a mammoth pyramid, knowing that unless this stone settles in perfectly against the others, the entire structure will collapse.

If that chore wasn’t daunting enough, consider the huge expectations of the millions of Star Wars fans worldwide as well as the naysayers who are salivating over the opportunity to nail Lucas to the wall.

 

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