They might call it The Last Jedi, but the saga will never end.
Rian Johnson’s blockbuster continuation of the Star Wars story is just the second chapter of the sequel trilogy The much loved franchise has had its fair share of up and down moments. Without further ado, here are the top 10 moments of the Star Wars franchise! Spoilers for The Last Jedi ahead! 10. Duel of The Fates (Episode I: The Phantom Menace)One of the best sword fight sequences of all time, yes, I know, the prequels are horribly bashed for its overuse of CGI, but you cannot overlook the fact that this duel is, and will forever be one of the best duels in the Star Wars saga. For Star Wars fans who grew up with the original trilogy, this duel is literally what they’ve been waiting for. Not only does it reveal one of the most promising, badass villains of the time, Darth Maul, it also shows the height of the Jedi and Sith and in their prime. Choreographers by stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, the duel showcases each character’s unique fighting style: Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is bold and dynamic, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson), calm and accurate, Darth Maul (Ray Park) is aggressive with his instantly iconic double-bladed red lightsaber.
Add that with the unusual location which includes high-rise platforms and calculated forcefields, creates a palpable sense of setting. In addition, composer John Williams’ finest work for the prequels, The Duel of the Fates, has become so recognizable that it has become synonymous with the battle itself. Such a majestic and unique part of the Star Wars saga and we’ve only just begun! 9. Binary Sunset (Episode IV: A New Hope)There are times in any movie fanatics’ life when all you can do is marvel at the magnificence of the scene. Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) observance of the sunset of the twin suns on the desert of Tattooine is the perfect example.
With a special effect as straightforward as adding another gleaming sphere to the evening sky, and with a mournful tone to complement the score, director George Lucas and writer John Williams made an otherworldy atmosphere with just a few strokes of their metaphorical paintbrush. Countless blockbusters, even entire franchises have failed to replicate this iconic scene. With a special effect as simple as adding another glowing orb to the twilight sky, and with a mournful tune to complement the score’s triumphalism elsewhere, director George Lucas and composer John Williams crafted an otherwordly atmosphere with just a few proverbial brushstrokes. Countless subsequent blockbusters, even entire franchises, have come and gone without achieving this scene’s iconic impact.8.
Anakin Skywalker Returns (Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)While the lightsaber duel between Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) and his son Luke Skywalker might not be the best choreographed of the series, it is the most emotional duel. You can feel the anger in each strike as Luke dabbles a bit too close to the dark side. Seeing that he is becoming what he sought to destroy, he deactivated his green lightsaber and declares himself a Jedi like his father before him, choosing mercy over cruelty. The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) then unleashes his fury: a barrage of Force lightning, until Vader, who cannot bear his child’s struggled cries for help, turns on his master, lifts him into the air, and hurls him down the Death Star reactor shaft. It’s unadulterated purgation and comeuppance including two of the big screen’s best bad guys ever — a feel-good moment to end all feel-good moments. 7.
Han Solo frozen in carbonite (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)With Empire Strikes Back being the darker sequel, someone had to die to show how hopeless the situation for the Rebel Alliance was and how ruthless the Empire could be. With Harrison Ford feeling that his character has been a bit played out, he volunteered Solo (Ford) for death. Thankfully, Solo survived but it was harrowing and emotional to watch him being made into a piece of modern art. Moments before being frozen, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) declares her undying love for Han. Though the original script called for Han to respond with a cliché “I love you too,” Ford decided to improvise by simply saying “I know.” Empire director, Irvin Kershner recalled “I regarded that scene as entirely Ford’s.” Many critics and publications have hailed the line s brilliant, and as a revolutionary piece of improv. 6.
Yoda Returns (Episode VIII: The Last Jedi)Deprived over what he sees as the errors of the past, and irate after seeing Rey (Daisy Ridley) depart on board the Millennium Falcon, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) lights a torch and heads off to destroy the old tree that contains a little library of the sacred Jedi texts. But he is stopped by a chuckle of an old friend. Perched on some rocks nearby is the faintly sparkling figure of an old companion: “Master Yoda … ” Luke says. The little green Jedi chuckles and before Luke can light his fire, Yoda (Frank Oz) invokes a lightning jolt. “Time it is,” Yoda says. “For you to look past a heap of old books.
” “Page-turners they were not”, the bubbly little Force apparition says, explaining that those sacred texts contain no lessons that Rey “as of now does not have.” Obviously, Yoda isn’t all warmth and advice. He whacks Luke with his apparition cane while teasing and prodding him. This scene also provides an element on nostalgia, a throwback to Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. With Luke’s other ghostly mentor, Obi Wan (Alec Guiness) not being able to return for obvious reasons, The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson reasoned “That was really it.
When I was thinking about what Luke’s arc is going to be, and realized that someone coming back and kicking his butt would be his final beat on the island, Yoda just made the most sense.”5. Snoke’s death and the Skywalker lightsaber breaking (Episode VIII: The Last Jedi)In this latest installment of Star Wars, we see many twist and turns, but none of it turned out as unexpected as this.
Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), whom we still don’t know anything about, goads his apprentice, the powerful Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) into killing the scavenger, Rey (Daisy Ridley). Snoke is so distracted with bragging and holding Rey aloft, utilizing his own Force powers that he doesn’t notice the Skywalker family lightsaber on the armrest of his throne turn has moved towards him. Only when it ignites, puncturing his spine and bisecting him, does Snoke acknowledge he has been both outmaneuvered and deceived. Be that as it may, from that point forward, rather than joining Rey, Kylo urges her to join him. He has no aspirations of turning good. This leads to a confrontation, a battle for the Skywalker lightsaber. Both Force wielders use their power to claim the weapon for themselves. What follows is a power struggle between the young Jedi and the new Supreme Leader.
The Skywalker family heirloom then breaks into half, a true balance of power between Rey and Ren. 4. Anakin vs Obi-Wan (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)The ultimate confrontation between master and apprentice, Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) confronts Anakin (Hayden Christensen) for the evil he has committed. A lava filled confrontation on the volcanic planet of Mustafar, it was a moment that drove home, just how far Anakin had fallen. When we see Anakin at the beginning of the movie, he finds out that he is going to be a father and has a nightmare about his wife, Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), dying in childbirth.
He tries to prevent his wife’s prophesized death, while at the same time, trying to win the approval of the Jedi Council. The duel also gave us a glimpse of the emotional side of Obi-Wan and gave us the final piece of the puzzle of how Vader became more machine than man. 3.
Chirrut Îmwe’s walk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)”I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.” With this mantra, Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), blind gatekeeper of the Jedi Temple on Jedha turned Rebel warrior, walked onto the battlefield and was forever immortalised into everlasting Star Wars status. It’s unclear whether Îmwe possesed the Force-sensitivity of a Jedi or was part of the debatable order, Guardians of the Whills.
Be that as it may, at this time, when he challenged the approaching flame of Imperial troopers to throw the switch that enabled the plans for the Death Star to be beamed to the Rebel fleet, both his faith and his strength in the Force were beyond doubt. His resulting demise in the arms of his comrade and partner, Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) added even more emotion to his sacrifice. Characters from Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) to K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) met significant ends in Rogue One. I mean, technically, everyone did, however Chirrut walked away with our hearts. 2. “I am your father” (Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back)Wait… what?! “This so called iconic scene has been beaten to a pulp and been reviewed a hundred times over! Why on earth is this in your top 5?!” It’s hard to imagine now, in a modern age, the entire Internet consisting of blogs, news sites, reddit posts, all out to unearth every mystery and unravel every riddle before movies and TV shows even finish.
The revelation that Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) didn’t betray Luke’s father, but rather was his father, blew audience’s minds like a million Death Stars exploding. But the twist was kept secret from the cast with the cast being told Obi Wan (Alec Guiness) had killed Luke’s father instead, with even Mark Hamill being told of the plot twist moments before he shot the scene. “The idea of Alec Guinness being the real villain, I thought, ‘wow, what a spectacular twist’,” Hamill said. “The director ..
. took me aside and he said, ‘I have to tell you something. I know it, George Lucas knows it and when I tell you, you’ll know it.
But if it leaks, we’ll know it was you. And he handed me the piece of paper that said, ‘I am your father.’ I was shocked.” Hamill said that he was sworn to secrecy and struggled to keep the twist to himself for a year and a half before the movie hit cinemas in 1980. At the point when Vader uncovers the truth, his voice pitched to most extremely taunting cold-bloodedness, Luke’s response is pure anguish. Mark Hamill’s terrible, gut-wrenching scream of denial, his finest minute as a actor in the entire trilogy. You’re seeing nothing pretty much than a young man’s fantasies of his father and himself being killed by the father himself.
Before the reveal of the top spot, here are some honorable mentions: – Yoda vs Palpatine (Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)- Yoda vs Count Dooku (Episode II: Attack of the Clones)- Death of Han Solo (Episode VII: The Force Awakens)- Death of Luke Skywalker (Episode VIII: The Last Jedi)- Death Star Trench Run (Episode IV: A New Hope) 1. Darth Vader’s massacre (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)Regardless of how he is portrayed, Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) is supposed to be a frightening character. When we see him in the original trilogy, he’s just choking Imperial officers and fighting his son.
We never get to see the true, raw strength of Vader. Which is why when Vader steps into the scene, in a truly demonic fashion, everyone’s expectation oh Vader’s power is shattered. Vader ignites his red lightsaber in a pitch black hallway, and calmly tears through everyone in the hall.
The horror and terror in the faces of the Rebel soldiers who face him becomes visible the moment Vader arrives, wielding a Force they can neither comprehend nor combat. Rogue One makes how much of a threat Vader presents. All you have to do is put yourself in the shoes of one of those doomed Rebel soldiers, and you realize that Vader is a whole new level of scary. What makes this scene even more spectacular is that Rogue One director Gareth Edwards included this scene at the last minute! Had this scene not been included, we might not have been able to see the full extent of the iconic Sith Lord’s power.