Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Top 20 Star Wars Moments (15-11)

Only one day short before 'The Force Awakens' opens in theatres, I will be continuing the top twenty moments from the quintessential sci-fi blockbuster franchise of Star Wars, only this time it will include the lightsaber duels that were deemed as the greatest aspect of the film series as they provide much of the action choreography and are stunningly filmed. 

If you have missed out on part one, just (click here) if you know that the first picks are good for you.

#15. Anakin vs Obi-Wan/Yoda vs. Palpatine (Revenge of the Sith)

Many will conclude that these two lightsaber battles are absolutely merged as the longest lightsaber fights in Star Wars. There are two duels happening in two worlds that show Anakin facing his former Master  Obi-Wan on the fiery planet of Mustafar while on Coruscant, Yoda duels with the ultimate Sith Lord, Darth Sidious or better known as Palpatine. As the two Jedi Masters are now dealing with two of their common enemies of the Sith in an epic battle between good vs evil, the outcome to these battles is Yoda is defeated by Palpatine while Obi-Wan wins over Anakin. Many fans will be immersed into the long ongoing action between Obi-Wan and Anakin on the volcanic world while the next scene transitions to Yoda and Palpatine fighting in the Senate. If only a few lines of silly dialogue would have to be changed like for instance "From my point of view, the Jedi were evil" so it wouldn't affect this two-hour large sequence.

#14. Order 66 (Revenge of the Sith)

REVENGE OF THE SITH is the only saving grace of the irredeemable prequel trilogy, the darkest among the Star Wars movies and darker than 'The Empire Strikes Back'. But this depressing moment of the film starts off with Anakin marching the steps of the Jedi Temple with his 501st legion of clone troopers and then a clone is contacted by Palpatine who is playing both sides of the war, orders him along with the others to wipe out their Jedi superiors as his plans have come to fruitioncreating a montage that each Jedi throughout the galaxy is butchered by their clones resulting of their near-permanent extinction even those that've stayed in Coruscant get killed too as a result of that order. Luckily, both Obi-Wan and Yoda were able to survive from their soon-to-be massacre and this moment proves how Palpatine was willing to have the Jedi eradicated and sow the seeds on his new Galactic Empire to abolish the old Republic.

#13. Speeder Bike Chase (Return of the Jedi)

In another brilliant effects scene of Star Wars, the speeder bike pursuit is one of those highlights that were to die for in RETURN OF THE JEDI. Initially, I was going add the Battle of Endor on this rank but I've decided on this particular moment instead. It features Luke and Leia as they were both chasing a scout trooper on a speeder bike and causes the other Imperials to follow them as they all tag-along in the immediate ongoing pursuit, then the action soon followed. This incredible scene was before when all the cuteness of the Ewoks begin to trouble the film of its mid-half and finale. 

#12. Anakin and Palpatine at the Opera House (Revenge of the Sith)

I must say that REVENGE OF THE SITH has specifically contained any acting that is excellent from the best players that were Ian McDiarmid and Ewan McGregor. Now for this scene is of no exception, sure Hayden Christensen is still Anakin for this whole film as his acting seemed to have improved after being featured in 'Shattered Glass'. This is where Anakin is having a meeting with Chancellor Palpatine in the opera house after reluctantly being sent by the Jedi Knights to spy on him, the latter then tells him about the Jedi and the Sith from each of their perspectives and a story about a dead Sith Lord who has the power to save his loved ones from death which will then lead Anakin to join in the dark side and for his own desire to be strengthen.

#11. Frozen in Carbonite (The Empire Strikes Back)

In the Star Wars movies, there is almost an every heartbreaking moment for each chapter in series. But for this case on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, I've included the one where our favourite hero Han Solo who is already betrayed by his own friend and is about to face his doom in the Carbonite freezing chamber. Many people will cry a lot for this character to be sacrificed and if that isn't giving you tears enough for you, how about this small scene before when Leia says to Han "I love you" and then Han said her back "I know". See Lucas, this is how a beautiful piece of dialogue has to be written or improvised and not to mention Harrison Ford, the actor you hired to portray Han is responsible for this take of dialogue! I won't forget how much Han Solo is an important character to the movies and is the reason why I liked Star Wars. Fortunately, this character has been brought back in three years later on 'Return of the Jedi'.

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