So, I decided to have a Star Wars movie marathon starting on May 4th that ended last night...
I watched Episodes IV-VIII and I decided that I wanted to create a list of my personal Top Ten Favorite Star Wars moments.
I’m going to start with an honorable mention, as this is the only good scene from The Rise of Skywalker, and that’s Han Solo’s scene with Ben. I was not expecting it and it actually made me feel something (unlike the rest of the movie)...and it was a perfect subversion of I Love You/I Know...
10. Vader’s attack in the corridor in Rogue One
Yeah, I was going to stick to just the trilogy films, but this moment was too cool not to include! I like that it shows us the Vader that the galaxy probably had to deal with for the past 19 years....this terrifying monster who would kill you without hesitation if you got in his way.
9. Luke/Kylo Ren fight from The Last Jedi
I love the nods to old samurai films in this sequence! And I know everyone has pointed this out, but the fact that Luke’s footprints never leave a mark is a really cool touch...the only nitpick I have is that I wish that Luke’s appearance hadn’t changed. Then it really would’ve fooled the audience into thinking he was really there. I mean maybe if he still had the gray hair, but he just trimmed it? Then it would’ve seemed like he just cleaned himself up before re-joining the rebellion. But more than the fight choreography, I also like the dialogue between the two characters...Luke telling Kylo that he (and his father) will always be with him.
8. The final moments of The Empire Strikes Back
The only reason this moment is so low is because it’s so short! I absolutely adore the dynamic between Luke and Leia...even before they’re revealed to be twins, they already had a bit of the brother/sister feel to them (or maybe that’s just me watching with hindsight). But I feel like this moment where Leia is watching out the window, and Luke comes up and puts his arm around him is such a brotherly thing to do. They were brother and sister before they even knew it. *even though there was that whole kiss thing....awkward* And the score is amazing in this scene.
7. Yahoo!! aka Han saving Luke in A New Hope
I love this moment for Han. This shows that underneath all his grumblings and snarky attitude, he really is a hero. I love characters like this, they’re always some of my favorites to watch.
6. Twin Suns from A New Hope and The Last Jedi
I absolutely adore the symmetry of this. Yes, with hindsight, it would have been better for Luke to live, but the filmmakers didn’t know what was going to Carrie Fisher, so you can’t be upset about it. But this was a great way from Luke to go...first of all, he wins by losing, just like he did against the Emperor in Return of the Jedi...but to see him staring at those suns with the music playing is just so moving. And I watched a video essay about TLJ last night (I think this one was Patrick Willems) but they talked about how when we first see Luke, he’s in a barren desert, watching the suns go down...but when Luke dies, he’s on a planet that is full of life and he’s watching the suns set. It’s moving to see him look out as a young man, wanting more and it’s moving to see the older man, at peace with his final moments and the life he’s lived.
5. “I am a Jedi” from Return of the Jedi
Now, when I was a kid, I was not as interested in Luke’s story...especially in this one. I wanted to watch the adventures on Endor more than the stuff on the new Death Star. But now? This moment gives me so many chills. From Luke being tempted to unleash his anger by his father, to nearly going to far and realizing that he needs to stop. He wins by losing. He knows that when he throws that light saber away that there is a very good chance that he is going to be killed. But he’d rather die a Jedi, than fall to the dark side.
4. “Sometimes you think I’m all right” from The Empire Strikes Back
I love Han and Leia so much! They were my OTP before I knew what that meant. And watching this scene as an adult just makes me so happy...I love the way their dynamic changes in this scene, from constantly fighting and bickering to talking calmly and gently. And their chemistry is palpable...
3. Yoda lifting the X-Wing from The Empire Strikes Back
I actually talked about this moment on my blog not too long ago, but I’ll reiterate what I said and say that this scene is so damn powerful. Yoda’s monologue about feeling the force around you, between all living things is so good, I could just quote the entire thing. And then when Luke tries and fails to lift his ship, Yoda effortlessly showing him that the impossible can be done is just...*chef’s kiss*
2. Luke and Leia reunion from The Last Jedi
After the death of Carrie Fisher, this is all I wanted from Episode VIII...and while the film gave me so much more (after multiple viewings I appreciate it more than I did in the theater), I still got my Luke and Leia reunion. I watched the movie last night and I still cried my eyes out when Luke showed up and they see each other for the first time in years. And there was something else I discovered when watching video essays about the movie last night. Someone made a very excellent point: the first time Luke sees Leia, it’s a projection of her....and the last time Leia sees Luke, it’s a projection of him. I’ll be right back, someone’s cutting onions.
1. “I love you.” “I know.” from The Empire Strikes Back
Yeah...I’ve already said how much I love Han and Leia, so it’s no surprise that this is number one. This entire scene is perfect. The lighting, the music, the emotion is so on point, that there’s not really much to say. There’s the tension of knowing Han’s going to be frozen in carbonite, wondering if he’ll survive...the emotion between him and Leia...even the moment where he calms down Chewie...it always makes me tear up a bit. I think when I watched it this week, the tear fell right when that encasing fell to the ground. I’ll say it again, this scene is perfect.
And that’s it!
I’m kind of sad that no moments with Poe or Finn made it onto this list...they are great characters and have some awesome moments, but this list is more about the moments that get me in the feels. If Finn/Poe had been a thing, maybe that would have made the list. But I will say, I do love Finn embracing the moment he became a Rebel.... “Rebel Scum”...so satisfying. And Poe scritching BB-8′s casing like it’s a fluffy puppy is all kinds of adorable.