Anakin vs Obi-Wan

There are few scenes in the Star Wars saga more pivotal than that of the duel between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. It was a scene that fans had waited decades to see, the key piece of Skywalker’s transformation into the fearsome Darth Vader. In-universe the sense of tragedy is palpable as a friendship ends and the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. It’s a huge moment in the Skywalker story, and the maestro John Williams delivers a suitably epic score.

What I love the most about Anakin vs Obi-Wan, besides the marching re-contextualising of the Battle of the Heroes theme, is how the tension builds and breaks into a full, lush rendition of the Imperial March. Williams understands how to tell stories as well as Lucas, and the sweep of Darth Vader’s theme underscores the raw power of Skywalker.

We all know it doesn’t last. Kenobi gains the high ground and the rest is history (at least from a certain point of view). But in that moment we get a taste of the uninhibited power of Darth Vader, and that’s in large part due to the incredible work of  John Williams.

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Empire Delivers Faint Praise for the Prequels

Faint Praise for the Prequel Trilogy from Empire Magazine | Green Card Back

With The Last Jedi less than two weeks away the film magazine Empire has launched an as-expected Star Wars edition, this time featuring alternate Rey and Kylo covers, an art card showing the best of Disney’s recycled designs and, of most interest, a supplemental magazine celebrating the saga’s 40th anniversary.

The magazine focuses the most heavily on the Original Trilogy, with a further eight whole pages dedicated to the Holiday Special and the Ewok TV movies. The tone of the Return of the Jedi section is generally denigrating of Lucas, so it comes as some surprise to find a tidy four page article tucked away at the back that’s actually written in defence of the Prequel Trilogy (PT).

Well, sort of.

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Attack of the Clones Reappraised

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Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Here’s an unpopular viewpoint for you: Attack of the Clones‘ biggest failing is down to audience expectation.

“Wait,” I hear you cry, “it’s biggest failing is that it’s terrible!”

Hey, I hear you. And I don’t completely disagree. Sloppy editing, self-consciously terrible dialogue, and a ‘classical’ love story that plays out incredibly unconvincingly all combine to make it the biggest slog of the Star Wars saga. The development of Yoda’s character is either great or terrible, depending on how beholden you are to George’s view of the Jedi Order. The CG hasn’t aged all that well.

In short, the film is flawed. But it’s not as bad as PT-haters will have you believe – and here’s why.

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