About the Movie Series
Jedi. The story takes place in space, and the rebels... ok, we all know the story by now don't we? It's what people enjoy, the good vs the bad. Heroes vs Villains. The good side and the dark side. So what is there not to like?
I'm not going to mess around with a way to introduce these films, I'm going to come straight out – this is Star Wars.
The way you loved it, the way you know it, and the way it will be always be remembered. Here is three reasons why Star Wars is excellent:
Reason 1: Memorable Heroes
Let's start with the heroes of our story. Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C3P0, R2-D2 and Mace Windu. These are some of the good guys. During the course of over 50 years that's explored in the series, they all work perfectly within their roles. There isn't really any weak characters, as there's lots of likeable heroes.
There is many examples of this throughout all seven films. Master Yoda with his words of wisdom, Obi-Wan Kenobi always doing the right thing, Han Solo and his unique prospective of things. Not enough? How about Mace Windu's purple lightsaber, Like Skywalker and the legacy he carries or Chewbacca with his amazing strength?
Then theirs the dynamics between the original trilogy characters. Luke is the true hero, Leia likes Han, which Han takes advantage of. Han likes taking things head on, while Luke and Leia don't. Obi-Wan doesn't like rushing into things while Luke usually does, and while Yoda has lots of patience, Luke doesn't, while C3-PO and R2-D2 get confused over human behaviour. There is few main characters that don't get developed along with the story. Luke for example, starts off as a worker on a farm, and eventually becomes the last Jedi in existence.
Of course, with the big time span that the movies cover, you have lots of characters which appear in the preq-uel or original trilogy. But there are some that crossover. Returning characters include a much younger Obi-Wan Kenobi, who starts as a padawan and Master Yoda, who resides on the Jedi Council. These characters give returning Star Wars fans a bit of familiarity with all the new characters, including but not limited too: Qui-Gon Gin, Obi-Wan's Master and the film's main hero character, Padame, queen of planet Naboo and Mace Windu, one of the more intelligent of the Jedi.
Reason 2: Evil Villians
The vision to finish his take on the Star Wars story, which was basically on how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, which is surrounded by mystery and many unanswered questions.
Every good movie needs good villains, and you will be glad to know that while there are more heroes than Villains, the villians are just as powerful. Coming centre stage is Darth Vader, who is one of the most powerful, most menacing and most evil villains you will come across in their galaxy or any other galaxy. Darth Vader is simply one of the “best” villains in cinema history, and I shall take no arguments over that point. Who DOESN'T like Darth Vader? Yea, exactly.
Darth Vader's presence is feared throughout the original trilogy and the only other villain who is just as bad is The Emperor. Also known as Darth Sedious, he's been pulling the strings for decades. He's the one that's behind all the bad things that happens throughout the first six films. Although not quite as scary as Darth Vader, he's not to be underestimated.
There's also some more sith too. Darth Maul looks scary, looks menacing, barely says a word and oh yea, he carries a double ended lightsaber! He instantly became a favourite Star Wars Villain, and for good reason, he manages to defend against two Jedi at once. Count Dooku is Darth Maul's successor, and although not as skilled in combat as Darth Maul on first glance, he still manages to start the clone wars and defeat Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker in battle and go one and one with master Yoda. Other villains include Kylo Ren, Jabba the Hut, Jango and his son Bobba Fett, General Grevious, the Battle Droids and Stormtroopers, that make life difficult for our heroes throughout the saga.
Reason 3: The Lightsabers
Lets talk about lightsabers, because lets face it, that's one of the most popular (or the popular) aspects of Star Wars, and why we watch it for. (Come on, admit it!) We have all seen sword fights in pirate films, we've seen fencing in The Three Musketeers, but fighting with swords made out of light? It was something that was unheard of, and over 30 years later its still as inventive now as it was back in the original Star Wars, and in some ways even better.
The fights may be few and far between, compared to the prequels, there is lots more emotion and dialogue, with each fight has a lot more at stake. The original films are epic in every way, one thing that slightly let it down was the choreography in the Lightsaber duels. There are quite a lot of lightsaber duels and uses of the 'Sabers in the pre-quel trilogy, it's mostly used too defend the other characters from the enemy, but there are lightsaber duels too.
And boy did they go into overdrive. The epic lightsaber duels are a massive improvement from the original trilogy. The Jedi are in their prime in the pre-quel's, so the characters are more energetic and use more fighting moves in the mist of the actual lightsaber usage, with kicks, jumps and punches to go along with the fighting. The three-way fight in The Phantom Menace, the Yoda vs Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones and epic dual to the death in Revenge of the Sith, there's some great duels to be had here! Let's not forget the fantastic score by John Williams. With Duel of the Fates and other tracks, they go fantastically with the lightsaber duels across the first three films.
There are so many good moments in Star Wars that I would run out of space real fast if I told you them all. Considering that George Lucas didn't even have a full detailed plan on how to link all the movies together, he's done a terrific job of linking the movies together into a giant saga. And with a brand new trilogy of films starting in 2015, Star Wars is as strong as ever. Long live Star Wars!
My One Big Highlight
A great different sequence is the pod-racing sequence from Episode I. This is most likely the most realistic, fastest, deadliest futuristic race at the time, (even through we had seen high speed futuristic racing in some films and video games) that’s before he consider the fragile nature of the pods themselves. It was certainly a technical masterpiece, and still holds up extremely well today. It's one of my first memories of Star Wars, and remains one of the my favourite scenes from the saga.
Elephant In the Room
And now the inevitable mentioning of the pre-sequel trilogy. Many people think that the prequels are absolute rubbish compared to the original trilogy, a view I disagree with. Granted, the original trilogy (and the Force Awakens) are far superior in almost every way, but the pre-sequel trilogy do have a lot of good moments and do provide fun for the most part.