It's funny how ppl say that Kylo Ren is everything Anakin should be...
it’s funny in the sense that they missed the point of anakin’s story.
like - he didn’t have to come from nothing. or, you know what, less than nothing; he didn’t have to come from slavery. he didn’t have to get screwed over by big government and theocratic institutions, he didn’t have to be strung along by palpatine, he didn’t have to be insecure and feel powerless.
but it makes the story better.
people want to pretend the prequels are all about anakin turning into vader, but that’s just the face value of it; the prequels are really about vader earning his redemption, so it’s more than a guy who did wrong and was magnanimously evil his entire life suddenly making one good, whole, pure choice. that’s a beautiful story, sure - but it’s not as good as the one the prequels offer.
the beauty of retroactively writing anakin the way they did was the deconstruction of the darth vader power complex people built in their heads. back during the OT, people thought he was rich, a lord of a system, that he was powerful - the PT destroyed that. suddenly, darth vader was a former slave, suddenly, darth vader was a desolate, pathetic human being.
they showed you, blatantly, where evil would get you.
they made one of the most popular, captivating, and mesmerizing villains in history powerless.
but, sure. anakin came from relative privilege, turned to the dark to acquire power, and spent twenty years terrorizing the galaxy before he magically decided, “oh, i’m going to the light now!” sure.
keep your shitty narrative, vader dudebro fanboys. keep whining.
It’s been said so many times, over and over again. I, myself have said it so many times over and over again as well. Nothing can truly justify how deeply I mean that so much. Lately, my anger towards the undeserved things Padmé got has been triggered and I can’t help myself but go on a full force rant about how Padmé deserved so much better than what fate has dealt with her.
As a young girl Padmé was destined for great things. She has always wanted to do one thing. That one thing is to help others in need. That was all she truly wanted and all she truly loved. She devoted herself to public service at a young age, which took away her opportunity to live a normal childhood. At the age of eight, she joined the Apprentice Legislators and eventually became a junior senatorial advisor. At twelve, she participated in the Legislative Youth Program and took a two-year mandate as supervisor of Naboo’s capital, Theed. At fourteen, she was elected queen and as queen she saved her planet from the Trade Federation and united her people with the Gungans – something that past kings and queens tried and failed to do. She earned so much love from her people that they created a movement to amend the constitution so that she may remain their queen. She declined, but she accepted the offered position of Senator of Naboo. As senator of Naboo, she outspokenly fought against the Military Creation Act against the Separatists. She was the only non-force-user human fighting alongside the Jedi in the battle of Geonosis. She fought for diplomatic solutions to end The Clone Wars. She has contributed to so much of the galactic republic’s success and made a name for herself in galactic history.
She has achieved all she ever wanted, and more as well, and for that she deserves at least something for herself. Marrying Anakin was a little something that she got that she deserves, because she deserves to marry the man she loves and to start a family of her own, but not even that was easy as they were constantly separated and forced into hiding their marriage. To make matters worse, her husband eventually turned to the dark side of the force and became Darth Vader which broke her heart and killed her and took away her opportunity to raise her children.
In the short life of the naïve, kind-hearted, optimistic, courageous, and selfless Padmé Amidala Naberrie-Skywalker, she has faced so many hardships and missed out on so many opportunities. She deserved so much better than that.
She deserves the typical happy, fun, carefree, and young life she deprived herself from.
She deserved to grow her confidence and maturity normally so that she would never doubt herself in the years to come.
She deserves to build a personality of her own other than a political one.
She deserves to give herself, other than her planet and her people, a little thought.
She deserves more friends other than her fellow politicians and staff members.
She deserves to go through minor life crises, not hostage and war crises.
She deserves to do ordinary things free from assassination attempts.
She deserves to let her diplomatic solutions be pushed through and to be praised for them.
She deserves to instantly say “yes” to her heart’s desires without thinking twice about the consequences.
She deserves to fight in petty fights other than political debates, military battles, and wars.
She deserves a happy marriage that she can show off to the entire galaxy.
She deserves a husband who isn’t often separated from her.
She deserves a family of her own.
She deserves to raise her children and watch them grow up into people as equally wonderful as she is.
She deserves to live her life to the fullest.
She deserves to be remembered for many years by the many generations to come.
She didn’t deserve to force herself to take away her childhood.
She didn’t deserve to rely on her political abilities.
She didn’t deserve to see life through one view she believed in.
She didn’t deserve to have her life at risk for the things she whole-heartedly did for her planet and people.
She didn’t deserve to have her ideas and beliefs shot down by others who didn’t have faith in her and her abilities.
She didn’t deserve to fight for her life and the life of others.
She didn’t deserve to deny her feelings for Anakin and hide her marriage to him.
She didn’t deserve to have Anakin constantly taken away from her by the war.
She didn’t deserve to have him worry about the fate of her life.
She didn’t deserve to have Anakin turn to the dark side.
She didn’t deserve to be taken away from being a mom to her twins.
She didn’t deserve to have her life taken away at the prime of her youth.
She didn’t deserve to be forgotten by her people.
SHE DIDN’T! SHE DIDN’T! SHE DIDN’T!!!
I know that those are just some of the things she didn’t deserve. There are more. She deserves a lot better than all of that.
Words can’t do much to justify just how much Padmé Amidala deserves. The simple things I am writing don’t even do much to expound how much she deserves more. Simply saying “Padmé Amidala deserved better” bares so much meaning to be taken apart and examined part by part.
I will forever be amazed by the thought of how Padmé has faced so much misfortune in her life and yet she took every single one of them with her will unwavered and her courage stronger than ever to fight. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love her so much. That still doesn’t change the one belief I stand by, out of love for my favorite character and my hero.
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I was all hyped up and ready to absolutely love Rogue One, with what a great response it got on Tumblr and in general, which is I think why I’m so mad at it.
Spoilers are in here, if you haven’t seen Rogue One this is not the post for you.
I will preface this by saying that I enjoyed a solid 80% of what was in the film, it had good continuity and I saw the lengths that they went to in order to make this film tie in with the other Star Wars movies. The plot was actually pretty decent, not too much and not too little, and while I thought that they certainly could have used a lot more character development and ‘quiet’ scenes like we get in the Original Trilogy (one of the factors that I think make them such strong films) it was leaps and bounds better than the prequels. The acting was good, and outside of the palm trees it visually looked like a Star Wars movie (something that the prequels really lacked and they’ve worked hard to recover)
But that said.
What is the freaking point if every one dies.
Like, I get it- I get that it’s supposed to be about a ‘greater purpose’ and something ‘bigger than you’, I understand the thought process in a critical sense, but to me as a storyteller it just seems cruel, and mean spirited.
When I look at a story and pick it apart I’m not trying to be mean, I’m trying to make it better. Make it the best that it CAN be. And best is going to be subjective, so I understand some people will even enjoy that they all died because to them it might prove the point more strongly, that you should believe in your cause enough to give up your life etc.
My counterpoint to that would be that this is not supposed to be a lesson in that sense; we already have seen the sacrifice as the characters we’ve walked through begin to die, K9 first and then Bohdi and the other two fellas I can’t remember the names of; we see many of the rebels dying to get this cause through, her father dies, we’ve ALREADY SEEN and felt the sacrifice.
Outside of just making the viewers feel even more sad and demoralized at the end of your story, what purpose does it really serve to kill your main character? It didn’t improve the story in any way and I’ve already seen these people give up everything to be at this point, and I don’t even really mind if they die five minutes after they leave the planet; but to end your story with “Rocks fall and everyone dies” just feels really like you don’t care about the viewer’s emotional experience at all at the end of the film. That you’re OK with people being incredibly disheartened and sad even though the whole message of your film is trying to portray hope. It’s like… Yeah, you can paint a painting about the rainbow with black and white if you really want, but is that the best way to actually convey a rainbow? To make someone FEEL a rainbow?
You’re telling me to hope against all odds, but leaving me feeling hopeless.
7. Attack of the Clones (2002) (Director: George Lucas) Attack of the Clones, for me, will always be the worst in the series. I could write pages on this film but in summary the cons are just too numerous and too massive to ignore, while there’s some solid action (the massive Jedi fight in the arena and the fight between Obi-Wan and Jango Fett are particular highlights) it is heavily weighed down by the worst effects in the series (in relation to the respective times the films were released). a poorly structured, planned and paced plot, numerous plot holes, poor characterisation and a romance story so bad it has become perhaps the second most infamous thing in the franchise, (we all know what the first is, and believe me I will get to that later.)
The stand-out bad element here though is the atrocious dialogue, easily the worst in the series, Anakin’s conversations with Padme manage to simultaneously sound whiny, immature, childish, pretentious and melodramatic at the same time, (”You are in my very soul, tormenting me.” “I’m haunted by the kiss, you shouldn’t have given me”, “I don’t like sand”) this was a performance which earned Hayden Christensen a fair amount of undue scorn, as people failed to take in the similarly weak performances of greats like Samuel Jackson, Natalie Portman and Christopher Lee. also failing to put the scrutiny on the common denominator of these performances. George Lucas’ screenwriting. the only ones I’d say who really pull through this film with credibility are Ewan McGregor, who is given much more to do here than his near side-character role in Phantom Menace, he’s the only one of the protagonists who manages to convey any genuine emotion throughout. the other would be Ian McDiarmid who plays the dual-handed nature of Palpatine’s slimy nature behind a genial front brilliantly.
Overall though, this one… just doesn’t work at all 4/10
6. The Phantom Menace (1999)
(Director: George Lucas)
The most hated film in the series perhaps, but i’m going to give it some credit here. for one It makes better use of practical effects and sets than the later prequels, the action is great, (Podrace is brilliant as is the Duel of the Fates) and Jake Lloyd is nowhere NEAR as bad as people act like he is, (watch his goodbye scene with Shmi and tell me this kid has no talent) Darth Maul is a threatening villain with a fantastic design (even if he has no development) John Williams is on top form, and while the characters aren’t well-developed I don’t have the urge to slap them everytime they speak like in AOTC. That is about where the positives end however, the plot is once again a mess. the acting is mediocre, the cinematography is bland, and Jar Jar Binks is in it. A LOT! as for Jar Jar Binks, people call him the worst thing in the star wars films… and yeah, he is. his voice and mannerisms are offensive to both morality and your senses, and the brand of ‘comedy’ he brings to the series is simultaneously child-pandering and groan inducing.
It’s better than Attack of the Clones… but it’s not good by any stretch. 4.5/10
5. Revenge of the Sith (2005)
(Director: George Lucas)
Generally regarded as the best of the prequels and with good reason, Revenge of the Sith trims the extraneous shit (for the most part) that dragged down it’s predecessors and delivers an enjoyable (if very heavily flawed) movie. the action is excellent, the acting is probably the best of the prequels (personal preference, I’d take Christensen’s over-dramatic delivery over Neeson’s ‘I don’t give a shit’ delivery any day of the week) the cinematography outside of the scenes which are purely devoted to conversation is actually pretty good, the pacing is better, John Williams steps up to a whole new level and at times the atmosphere is fantastic with two scenes in particular standing out (The Opera House scene, and the scene where Anakin and Padme stare across Coruscant while both contemplate what might happen in the near future) there’s actually a lot to like in this film. but it’s still plagued with issues. conversation scenes are woefully dull due to lazy editing and cinematography, the overuse of green screen is extremely noticeable, the plot is still riddled with holes, and Anakin’s actual turn to the dark side is hopelessly rushed. going from hesitantly assisting in the murder of one Jedi, to murdering children in the space of one scene transition. the dialogue is also pretty appalling still. . It’s not really a good film technically, but for me it does just enough right for me to enjoy it. at the very least it’s more watchable than the other prequels. 6.5/10
4. A New Hope. (1977)
(Director: George Lucas)
Yeah. here’s a controversial choice. I advise anyone who disagrees to read on,
anyway, A New Hope, often known just as Star Wars. the film that started it all. and what can you say about a film this big and iconic? it became a hit for good reasons, the pacing is pitch perfect, (to the point where this film is used as the prime example of pacing in film schools) the action for the time and even to an extent now, is great, the special effects are a fucking MARVEL for when it was released, and the characters are immediately likeable and well-developed. Luke is a fantastic protagonist, Obi-Wan is a great mentor figure played ably by the late Alec Guinness in spite of the actor’s disdain for the movies, a true example of professionalism if there ever was one. the villains are also great, Grand Moff Tarkin for me is the most underrated villain in the series, his poise, and cold dignity are just fantastic to watch, and then there’s Vader. one of the greatest villains in media history. Now for me, he didn’t really earn that claim until later, but he’s still excellent here, imposing, intimidating and mysterious, with James Earl Jones providing an unbelievable presence to him. however the movie isn’t perfect, the dialogue at times is corny, as is the acting, and plot is a bit too basic at this point, with a few notable gaps in logic. (”yep, we won’t destroy that Escape Pod, that’d be a waste of our infinite ammunition, it has no life readings and droids don’t exist in this world!”). primarily. I just felt the later films built on this one emotionally to the point where I just enjoy them more which really isn’t a detriment to this film, as the first act it couldn’t really be that in depth or emotional..
regardless. A New Hope is a great film and a perfect starting point for the original trilogy. 8.5/10
3. Return of the Jedi(1983) (Director (Richard Marquand)
And this’d be the other half of that controversial choice, while still beloved, Return of the Jedi is generally regarded as the weakest of the original trilogy, I can’t say I don’t understand why, the pacing’s more than a bit off, Leia and particularly Han don’t have that much of a role, the Ewoks are a bit child-pandering and their defeat of the empire’s forces is more than a touch too implausible. but for me, the good parts outweigh the flaws, the final space battle is phenomenal, an utter astonishing feat of cinematography, Effects and action, the beginning scenes with Jabba are simultaneously tense and fun, the rapport between the characters seems genuine and the resolution is genuinely emotional with a sense of gravity and weight befitting the final victory of the Rebel Alliance. but the absolute highlight is Luke’s confrontation with Vader and the Emperor, the atmosphere throughout these scenes is just chilling, the duel is brilliantly paced, and it’s resolution is fitting and emotive
Overall I’d say ANH is the better film from a technical standing… but I love Return of the Jedi more. 9/10
2. The Force Awakens (2015)
God I love this movie…. I FUCKING LOVE THIS MOVIE! I’m going to avoid spoilers in this one, but all you really need to know is the Action is the best in the series, the comedy is the best in the series, the cinematography is fantastic, the acting is among the best in the series. and the characters are just fantastic, instantly likeable and well-developed John Boyega and Daisy Ridley are STUNNINGLY good despite their relative inexperience and they lend this film a level of heart that the prequels sorely lacked, the film establishes more likeable and believable relationships in minutes than the Prequels did in hours. Kylo Ren and General Hux are also fantastic as villains, the film’s resurrection of GORGEOUS practical effects is truly majestic and it’s all tied into a well constructed and well-paced package. there are a few flaws I could pick with the plot but they are small to say the least. the only large issue is that the film bears too strong a similarity to a New Hope, in that too many ideas are outright repeated.but it barely matters in the end, I don’t think i’ve ever had this much fun watching a movie. this is a GLORIOUS return to form for the series, 9.5/10
1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
This is a masterpiece. not just the best star wars film but one of the best films of all time, just as Force Awakens was the best Star Wars film for action and comedy, Empire is the best star wars film for grit, atmosphere and mythos, the character development here is top notch, the atmosphere is tense with an overhanging looming threat that could fall at any time, and when it does, it’s unbelievable, the film opens with the Rebels having their asses kicked and that sets the tone, As Luke immerses himself in training and we discover the depths of the force and the mythology of this universe through the incredible atmosphere of Dagobah and the insightful but deceptive offerings of Yoda, the other characters desperately attempt to flee an empire with a reach that seems infinite. Vader pursues the other heroes relentlessly, that ferocity and drive ramps his intimidation factor into the stratosphere. the climax is near enough perfect. Luke’s confrontation with Vader here is one of my favourite scenes in any piece of media. the emotional depth, atmosphere and grit cement this movie as something truly special, and it is one of the few films that even at a stretch I can’t really think of any genuinely notable flaws. there are small nitpicks of course, but nothing that has any real effect on the film as a whole
Empire Strikes Back is a film masterpiece, and the best star wars film