Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Top 20 Star Wars Moments (20-16)

In anticipation for the newest STAR WARS episode of 'The Force Awakens' which is two days ahead of its release in Australia, we'll be looking at the first part in the top twenty best moments that have made Star Wars very special for all of us that were fans of the movie series. Oh yes, even some of those who have liked the widely-despised, CGI-overblown prequels will find some of these moments to be there on this list. Unfortunately, I won't be able to include any of the lightsaber duels and that'll have to be in the next part when it will have to be posted on tomorrow's date. So until then, may the force be with you.

#20. Podracing (The Phantom Menace)

First, I'll start off with the podrace sequence, one of the few redeeming moments that were worth-watching in THE PHANTOM MENACE. Some may see it as redundant to the story, but I thought it was very important to this film. We see how young Anakin Skywalker as his piloting skills and Jedi reflexes are put to the test when he enters the podracing tournament to pit against Sebulba and the other racers through the desert lands of Tatoonie. This particular action set-piece was accompanied by the ingenious visual effects and dazzling camera angles. It is so fun to watch that it would have go a much higher on the top spot, if Jar Jar should have been deleted from this moment along with himself being removed from the entire film.

#19. Battle at Geonoisis (Attack of the Clones)
    ATTACK OF THE CLONES may not be as bad as 'The Phantom Menace', maybe not as good as it would be, but the film reaches to one of its climaxes where on Geonosis, Anakin, Obi Wan and Padme are trying to avoid their execution as Mace shows up and he ignites his purple lightsaber before starting a huge battle in the arena with his fellow Jedi comrades after he immediately said to Count Dooku "This party's over". Now, this huge sequence contains with so many Jedi with their lightsabers as they fought against monsters and droids in a huge area of skirmish when this nearly held the record as the longest Star Wars battle that any fan has to envision. In case if you are wondering why this moment didn't go in the top 10, probably because of the unnecessary comic scenes courtesy of C3PO.

    #18. The Birth of Darth Vader (Revenge of the Sith)

    Say what you want about this scene, I know that it ended with Darth Vader saying "NOOOOOOOO!" that remains as one of the cheesiest lines of Star Wars. This just shows how Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader becomes more machine than man when he is outfitted with mechanical prosthesis and a special armour that keeps him alive after the damage that he had sustained in the lava planet of Mustafar and is now turned into a black-clad warrior that we all love to hate and begins that recognisable breathing through his mask. No one cares how it closes with that cheesy line, it helps that James Earl Jones is reprising the voice of Vader in the end of the character's dramatic transformation.

    #17. Fight at the Great Pit of Carkoon (Return of the Jedi)
    Beginning of this scene of RETURN OF THE JEDI when Luke, Han and Chewie were sentenced to walk over the sail barge and enter the Great Pit of Carkoon by Jabba the Hutt where they are to be fed in the belly of the Sarlacc. Fortunately, Luke receives a new lightsaber from R2-D2 as he catches it and this is where the action begins in this whole skirmish with Luke and the rest of the heroes fending off Jabba's minions and bounty hunters whilst Leia in her slave bikini costume is able to give Jabba into her own chains by having him choked to his own medicine. So much action was delivered and choreographed for this scene and the results came in with a spectacular display of acrobatics, laser-firing and explosions.

    #16. Chase at Coruscant (Attack of the Clones)

    One of the better moments in ATTACK OF THE CLONES aside from the non-stop action in the arena battle at Geonosis that I've liked. Considering how big is the city world of Coruscant of its splendor and beauty and is the perfect setting for a chase scene as Anakin and Obi-Wan are in a flying speeder whilst in hot pursuit of a bounty hunter named Zam Wessell after foiling her attempt to assassinate Padme Amidala. Although it was amazing enough for this scene to be in AOTC, but it was not enough to land the film in my favourites since it was hindered by the awkwardly acted and terribly-written romantic subplot of Anakin and Padme.

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