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Padme Dying of a Broken Heart
Revenge of the Sith is easily the best of the films in the prequel trilogy. It is packed with surprising emotion and has great action throughout. We see Anakin become Darth Vader and the fall of the Jedi after Order 66 is executed. It also ties perfectly into A New Hope and sets into motion the events in the original trilogy.
As good as this film is, it also holds for me, the most frustrating part of perhaps the entire Star Wars saga, and that is Padme losing the will to live and dying from a broken heart. This is such a poor decision and it’s a horrible disservice to her overall character.
Padme, throughout the prequels, is a go-getter. Even as the young Queen of Naboo, she doesn’t hesitate to get her hands dirty and joins in the fight as they attempt to regain control of Theed Palace. In Attack of the Clones, she joins the fight against the Geonosisans in the droid factory and also climbs up a column and fights off a dangerous Nexu using the chain that once bound her to her inevitable death.
She is clearly the reason why Leia was such a strong, independent woman and to see her just give up on life and not be there to raise her babies because she’s sad, is a slap to not just her face but to everyone watching the film.
This move is completely out of character for her and no matter how many times I watch this movie, it’ll never sit right with me. It would’ve been much more tragic to just say she died from the injuries Darth Vader gave her when he force choked her. Instead of losing the will to live, the medical droid could’ve said despite her will to live her injuries are just too severe.
There’s no doubt Padme had to die at the end of the prequels, but having her go because of a broken heart was the worst and most frustrating outcome George Lucas could have possibly chosen.
What part of each film in the prequel trilogy did you find the most frustrating?