As Star Wars fans we all have our favourite scenes from the films. In my last article I wrote about my favourite piece of dialogue from the saga, Yoda’s “luminous beings” speech to Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. I’ve also written about my favourite opening scene which is the opening of Revenge of the Sith. I thought I’d focus this month on my favourite scene based on the music that accompanies it: Ben’s Death & the Tie Fighter Attack from Star Wars.
This scene also contains what may be the best example of editing in virtually any movie (seriously, I love it!) but for me what holds it together is the music John Williams created for it. Repeated listening of The Star Wars Storybook on cassette as a child has ingrained the musical cues & sound effects in me like a favourite Springsteen song.
How does Obi-Wan Kenobi keep from being the GFFA’s Ebenezer Scrooge?
I don’t think about Obi-Wan Kenobi very often. Of all of the Jedi we get to know in the six film saga, his story is by far the least exciting. To me, anyway. Even though his character manages to hang around for all six films, chronologically speaking, his plain old human life is over before A New Hope’s final credits roll. He has no lone, dashing, heroic rescue onscreen, though his duels with Darth Maul and General Grievous are pretty spectacular. Funny, though, that in those two monumental battles, Obi-Wan is almost overshadowed by uber-cool light sabers. There’s no hot, young senator pining away for him like Anakin has. He’s not the go-to master and teacher in the same echelon as Yoda. He doesn’t pick up a stray slave kid at a pod race who could be the Chosen One to train as a Jedi, hinting at a rebel streak like Qui-Gon Jinn has. When we meet the stumbling old wizard who is Ben, the fact is that Luke is only interested in him because he’s a disgruntled, hormonal teenager and there’s a princess involved. Heck, he doesn’t even get a fancy schmancy purple light saber like Mace Windu does. Let’s face it, kids. Obi-Wan Kenobi is a pretty boring guy on his own merit. So what made me think of him now? Scrooge.