Revenge of the Sith was a pretty darn good movie in comparison to The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, but unfortunately it failed to deliver on some of the most important events and promises that had been made since the production of episodes I-III was announced. There were certain things that Star Wars fans desperately wanted to see that were not shown, and other things that simply failed to live up to the enormous expectations that had been set. This comes as even more of a disappointment when fans began to realize that all of these things were originally planned to be in the film, but were cut for reasons beyond our individual comprehension. Fortunately, the novelization of Revenge of the Sith exists and tells the story that the film fails to do.
One of the first things the reader notices about the novelization of Revenge of the Sith is how much focus is put into exploring the inner thoughts of each of the main characters. This gives us a view in to the thoughts and feelings of each character that are not communicated in the movie, making many of the critical events of the film fall flat, lacking any emotional impact. In the film, we are told that Obi-wan and Anakin are close, but we don’t get to see exactly how close they really are. The novelization immediately busts this relationship wide open and helps give the reader a true understanding of exactly how important these characters are to each other.
Another example of this is the inner feelings of Anakin Skywalker. The movie tries to show the reader how Anakin’s emotional obsessions ultimately lead to his fall to the dark side, but because it is constrained by the running time of the film and the performance of the actor, it does not resonate with the viewer. The novelization spends a significant amount of time acquainting the reader with how specific events impact Anakin emotionally and really allows the character to see exactly how his inner struggles lead him down the path of evil.
The final key difference between the novelization and the film is the noteable absence of important scenes that fans really wanted to see in the film. For example, in the novelization we are introduced to the founders of the Rebel Alliance, and exactly how they first began to oppose Palpatine’s authority. These scenes were shot and even completed for the film, but were ultimately cut because they did not focus on Anakin. Unfortunately, Revenge of the Sith should not have been solely about Anakin, but about the cataclysmic events that thrust the galaxy into darkness. While the majority of the events revolved around Anakin Skywalker, there were other components at play that were equally important.
The novelization of Revenge of the Sith is the story that the film should have told, but didn’t for a number of different reasons. If you are a Star Wars fan who felt Revenge of the Sith was enjoyable, but ultimately disappointing, I highly recommend you read the novelization if you haven’t already.