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(2005), PG-13 [PG-13*] (2hr 13min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distribution (US): Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Director(s): George Lucas
Producer(s): George Lucas, Rick McCallum
Written by: George Lucas
Cinematography/Camera: David Tattersall
Music: John Williams
Film Editing: Roger Barton, Ben Burtt
Casting: Christine King
Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
Art Direction: Ian Gracie, Phil Harvey, David Lee, Peter Russell
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith presents stunning visual magnificence not equaled in any other of the nearly 1000 films I have seen. The attention to detail in even inconsequential background scenes is immaculate. The musical score and sound effects are beyond any doubt perfectly fitted throughout. This episode had been reported as expected to be hailed as the iconic masterpiece of 2005 and the largest gross earner in the history of cinema. And I agree. Look out Titanic!
The PG king has lost his crown. For years George Lucas has maintained his Star Wars phenomenon within the scoring range earned by PG movies (68 to 86 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database as shown in our special analysis of four of the Star Wars features
Since this report is being posted online
While there was not one single use of the three/four letter word vocabulary, not one single use of God's name in vain and not one single use of intoxicating beverage, illegal drugs or tobacco, Star Wars: Episode III was an incredibly violent film. Indeed, the Wanton Violence/Crime investigation area earned a score of zero out of 100, clearly making the violence content of this film equivalent to many R-rated films. Likewise equivalent to many R-rated films is the Murder/Suicide content, earning an investigation area score of 22 out of 100.
While this film is clearly equivalent to many R-rated films in Wanton Violence/Crime (violence) and Murder/Suicide (murder), the Impudence/Hate investigation area revealed content equivalent to many "lite" PG-rated films. Also was the content revealed by the Offense to God investigation area equivalent to many PG-rated films. But the Sexual Immorality investigation area revealed content equivalent to "hardcore" G-rated films. Drugs/Alcohol earned a perfect score of 100. In tabular form this reveals the film to be equivalent to the indicated MPAA rating in the area shown:
The bottom line: Star Wars: Episode III is a PG film with too much violence and murder for PG.
Just to spoil a teeny bit of the plot of this grimmer and darker episode than the previous sometimes "gee-whiz" episodes, we see the birth of Luke and Lea from the marriage of Anakin (Hayden Christensen) and Padme (Natalie Portman). We see why Darth Vader is fully covered. Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), who lives close to me but I have never met him, makes a couple appearances while Jar-Jar (Ahmed Best) makes one thankfully non-speaking appearance. We also see the death (murder) of Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) and the political and physical transformation of Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) into Darth Sidious, lord of the Sith. We also find out why Yoda (voice of Frank Oz) and Obi Wan (Ewan McGregor) exiled themselves to distant planets. One more. We also see how Luke finds residence on the Lars' moisture farm on Tatooine.
SELECTED SCRIPTURES of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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