Arguably the best scene in ROTS, arguably the best scene in the saga. Certainly one of if not the most effective Star Wars scenes shot to date.
Part of me absolutely loves this scene because I’m a diehard Anakin/Padmé shipper. That silent expression of connection and love is amazing as Anakin is once again torn between doing what he was ordered to do (remain in the Council chamber) and doing what he wants to do (make sure nobody kills Sidious so that he’s able to save Padmé). They’re not able to see each other but Anakin gazes toward the tower where she is and she is gazing back at the Jedi Temple through her window. I think Padmé is aware through the Force of something troubling Anakin but doesn’t know quite what it is. Anakin’s awareness of whatever it is he is sharing with Padmé just emphasizes his need to save her. The only dialogue in this scene is either Anakin remembering Palpatine telling him it’s the only way to save her or Sidious putting the words into his head through the Force. Either way, Anakin tearfully makes his choice and leaves the chamber, then the moment ends, breaking off their connection.
Part of me absolutely loves this scene because it’s just awesome filmmaking. Usually Lucas saves his silent sequences for the end but in this case, he puts one right at the moment Anakin makes his pivotal decision that causes the whole galactic house of cards to come crashing down. The film cuts seamlessly and effortlessly between Anakin and Padme, temple and senatorial suite. Here, without dialogue, is where Lucas is the most understood…I think everybody got that scene and what it means. Lucas is definitely a silent movie guy at heart. Emphasizing the impending tragedy is the red-orange sunset enveloping Coruscant. The light is dying out brilliantly and darkness will soon fall. It also symbolizes the turmoil of Anakin’s feelings and the passion Anakin and Padmé feel for one another. The acting is subtle but very well done. I find it interesting that for the most part Anakin is the more openly emotional of the two but from this point forward, Padmé becomes very emotional herself.
Capping it off is John Williams’s score for this scene that’s sad and ominous, especially with the vocals. The first time I saw the movie I wondered if it was Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance but it isn’t. Sounds like her though. Williams must’ve seen a few Russell Crowe movies.
All in all, a perfect scene.