(blockbuster b-movie trash-movie oddity. the apotheosis narratively and tonally of the star wars prequels - the most satisfying combination of the previous films' sci-fi action, politics, camp, and engrossingly bad filmmaking.
initially seeming detriments to the series, the characterization of darth vader and the inclusion of politics here are some of the film's strongest attributes. in the original series, darth vader was a cool, badass motherfucker. here, he's exposed for what he is - a fucking loser.