What Culture put together a great list that I never would have thought of on my own, but is so true: the best performances by actors who just gave up. Sometimes you can tell, clearly, that an actor is not at all pleased to be in a film and the performance comes across (Marlon Brando in Superman; Brando appears TWICE in a nine person list). Sometimes, the actor knows the movie is truly awful and decides to steal it with a legendarily good performance in a legendarily bad film (Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves). Sometimes a great performance comes across despite an actor being miserable on-set (Chevy Chase in Community or Robert Shaw in Jaws), but whatever the reason, it’s always interesting to get a behind-the-scenes peak into what made a memorable performance so memorable.
MrRazNZ has assembled one of the most powerful Star Wars fan videos I have ever run across. Whether you love or hate the Prequel Trilogy, the final showdown between Anakin and Obi-Wan is undoubtedly one of if not the most powerful scene in any of the films. It changed forever how you view Obi-Wan in the Original Trilogy, especially his initial meeting with Luke. This video does an exceptional job, using Williams score (mostly from Episode III’s “The Immolation Scene” track) to weave that initial talk in Obi-Wan’s hut between Luke and Ben with flashing back to the actual events. What was once a whimsical talk between a mysterious man and a young boy is now a only the truth “from a certain point of view” conveyed to a son by the weary and aged warrior who had to cut down his father and watch him burn. There are literally thousands of these kinds of videos on YouTube, but this one is a work of art and does the best job of expounding upon how seeing what happened on Mustafar changes the original film forever for viewers than anything I’ve ever read or seen.
Shahan Reviews cut together this amazing piece of Star Wars video art, and it really goes to show what an amazing fan community the saga has. One of the best things about Episode VII is that it seems to have reunited and re-energized Star Wars fans and their creativity is showing. Essentially they deftly weave Obi-Wan’s explanation to Luke of what happened to his father from Episode IV (which was an extremely dicey version of the truth) with the real events from Episode III in a very powerful way. The duel at the end of Episode III is the pivot point on which the entire Star Wars Universe moved and to see it woven together from the perspective of truth and “truth from a certain point of view” is really spectacular.
So, I feel totally confident gifting it to you to wave about with little to no training. By the by, you’re not overly fond of that hand are you?
(Photo from Moviefone. This made me roll on the floor.)