Have you ever recalled a certain scene that possibly stood out from the rest of the movie? Of course you have! Welcome to the first segment of Scene Stealers where certain memorable moments help to make a good film even greater! As for my first pick of the bunch I’m going with perhaps the greatest Sci-fi epic in cinema ever! Avatar!!
Of course, I’m kidding about that one. *Ducks under his Desk out of fear of repercussions from a few of my comrades who are fans of Cameron’s Magnum Opus* (;’
The honor goes to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope that coined the term, “Space Opera” and ushered in many inspirations as well as imitations!
Now that the upcoming 7th instalment The Force Awakens shall be arriving this Christmas, it’s time I give a “Stalk back” at the Film’s best scenes and scenarios.
Star Destroyer and the first appearance of Darth Vader
After being treated to a story told via crawl scrolling text, there’s this kick ass tracking shot which includes the underbelly view of the Galactic Empire’s Star Destroyer in pursuit of the Rebel Cruiser.
After the hull has been breached and the rebels dispatched, a black cloaked enigmatic figure appears beyond the smoke. With an intimidating appearance and an asthmatic-like but powerful voice, thanks to the talents of James Earl Jones, Darth Vader of the Sith proves to be a force to reckon with, especially when interrogating a surviving member of the Rebel Alliance.
Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru as Barbecue
This scene demonstrated how “Shit got real “when after learning of the Jawa massacre (That was caused by the Imperial Stormtroopers while searching for the escaped droids: R2D2 and C3P0), Luke rushes back home only to discover the charred skeletal remains of both his uncle and aunt outside of their destroyed complex. Disheartened and angry, Luke decides to become a Jedi Knight “like his father”. If only he had stayed with his friends at the Toshi station and shopped for power converters. Then again, there probably would not have been a sequel or Luke Skywalker!
Mos Eisley Canteen that place of Scum and villainy…also, Han shot foist!
While Obi-Wan is busy securing a pilot to rescue the captured Princess Leia, Luke is threatened by local patrons at the canteen. Suddenly, Obi-Wan intervenes and well, it’s not pretty!
After securing a deal with his new passengers, Han Solo, pilot of the Millennium Falcon, is approached by Bounty Hunter Greedo, who plans to apprehend Solo and take him to gangster Jabba the Hutt for a huge payment in return. After trying to negotiate his way out of this dilemma, frustrated Solo fires his pistol underneath the table, killing Greedo. Never mind that bullshit PC “corrective” edit, this was the only scene that demonstrated how legit Han Solo really is!
Obi vs Vader=”Vadality”!
Just because Star Wars is a PG-rated family film doesn’t necessarily mean its family-friendly, thanks to its share of tragedy and there’s plenty to go around!
As if roasting Luke’s family and blowing up an entire planet inhabited by the human populace wasn’t bad enuff, Lucas topped it off with the death of of Luke’s mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi.
While Obi plans to sabotage the Death Star’s tractor beam, he runs afoul into Vader and then a lightsaber duel ensues and in order to distract Vader, so that Luke and the others can escape the Death Star, Obi surrenders thus sacrificing himself under Vader’s saber.
This was a very poignant scene that not only added gut-punching pathos, but the emotional reaction from Luke as he witnessed his friend and mentor struck down.
John Williams provided a powerful score for said scene and although Obi was gone, within death, there’s hope and it was evident as Luke heard a familiar voice-“Luke, Run”!
The Death Star trench battle
This was the epic and pivotal moment from Star Wars! How could Lucas top the other previous scenes and go out with a bang (literally!)? One word: Dogfight!
After achieving the plans in order to destroy the Death Star, the rebels launch a preemptive strike to bring down the planet destroying satellite for good.
As Luke witnesses heavy casualties, as his comrades and close friends get killed in battle one by one, he begins to feel a sense of hopelessness, especially when Vader has him within his sights, only to be intercepted by the Millennium Falcon!
Darth Vader: “I have you now…”
Han Solo: “Yee-hoo”!!
Goddamn I loved that mindfuckery of a scene! Solo, presumed to take off with his reward to pay back Jabba, removing the bounty from his head, had a change of heart and shows up just in time to thwart Vader’s win. What else was striking, aside from Williams’ dramatic score, was that incredible camera shot of the Falcon flying towards you with a bright backdrop. I have never witnessed anything like that before in cinematic history!
Luke, due to assistance from the Force itself, manages to fire a shot into the Death Star’s weak point, thus destroying the satellite before it can obliterate the Moon of Yavin as well as its primary target-the Rebel base.
So there you have it, my top 5 amazing scenes from an amazing movie.
Star Wars ANH was Hollywood’s Dark Horse that revived a somewhat sagging Industry and not to mention how a movie that was influenced by another movie (The Hidden Fortress) is still one of the most influential Films and highly celebrated mediums within the realm of pop culture! With visionary Special effects, solid performances from Mark Hamil, Sir Alec Guinness and of course Harrison Ford, an exceptional orchestral soundtrack courtesy of the great Composer John Williams, not to mention metaphoric themes like the horrors of Nazism and having a faith within a “higher power”, A New Hope wasn’t just your garden variety Science Fiction entry, instead a “Force” to be reckoned with.
There a so many films with great moments be it happy, sad or inspiring. Movies are more than just a cinematic escape, like reading a good Book it’s comfort for one’s Soul.
Thanks for reading and until next time…