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.
I am a huge fan of TheBatBoy12345 on YouTube and his Star Wars retrospectives. As the Saga grows next month from seven to eight films, even more material to show the threads woven through all of the Star Wars films is available to talented YouTubers like BB (who if you aren’t following, you should be). He offers an epic, three-chapter look at Anakin Skywalker including footage from Rogue One (a film that I think is really going to enlighten fans on exactly how Vader became known to the Rebellion and why he instantly became their most feared adversary). Check it out and head over to YouTube to look at some of the other retrospectives. It’s a good time to escape reality, and Star Wars has always been my go-to place for such times.
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.
Say what you will about the first two entries in the Prequel Trilogy, I think Episode III is every bit as good as the films in the Original Trilogy (and doesn’t contain a single Ewok or musical number). I have to apologize for not being able to find this 17 minute sequence intercut, but the best I can give you is the “dual duels” standing on their own. Of the four Star Wars films that George Lucas directed, I think Episode III shows the best craft, with some fantastic shots and non-stop, mind-blowing Star Wars action from the opening battle over Courscant to A New Hope at the end. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005) “Battle of the Heroes”