Star Wars creator George Lucas has finally sold of the family jewels to Disney in a deal worth over $4 billion. Disney aims to squeeze out as much juice from the franchise as possible by unveiling a new movie every couple of years or so from 2015. As you wait in breathless anticipation for the next episodes, here are some magic moments to remember.
Fairy Tale Beginning
I can still recall the rush of adrenaline and spontaneous applause when I saw the digitally remastered Star Wars IV on the opening night. The opening crawl, so old school in its layout, captured the attention and is perhaps the most widely recognised beginning to any movie. Quickly followed by an explosive battle sequence, the audience couldn’t help but feel pulled along for the ride.
Father to Son Chat
You have probably long forgotten the first time you watched Episode V and discovered for the first time that Darth Vader was, in fact, Luke’s father. The revelation is one of the best twists on record and the accompanying fight scene was also a glory to behold.
Relax, It’s Han Solo
There you are, in the midst of an enemy stronghold, trying to be as sneaky as possible, when a little firefight break out. Some guy on the comms wants to know what the hell is going on. What do you do? Hans Solo’s efforts at trying to reassure his enemy that all is hunky dory may not have been effective but it was one of the greatest light-hearted comedy moments in an otherwise action-packed adventure. Here is a great example of how to cover the fact that you are a rebel infiltrating agent.
Han Solo: (In officially the worst attempt at sounding official in the history of the empire.) Uh, everything’s under control. Situation normal.
Voice: What happened?
Han Solo: (Doing a fantastically poor impression of trying to sound confident.) Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh… everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here now, thank you. How are you?
Voice: We’re sending a squad up.
Han Solo: Uh, uh… negative, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous.
Voice: Who is this? What’s your operating number?
Han Solo: Uh…(With the conversation fast deteriorating Han decides to terminate the comms unit.)
Han Solo: (pure dead pan) Boring conversation, anyway. LUKE, WE’RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!
Chew on This
Nothing brings a tear to the eye like seeing Ewoks getting massacred by Stormtroopers, especially when their stones and spears are getting completely outgunned by an Imperial Walker. Chewbacca’s brilliant hijacking of a walker and then subsequent surprise assault on the remaining walkers is the stuff of legends. Cinemas up and down the country erupted in applause at Chewbacca’s audacious heroism and the Ewoks adoration of the big lug following his exploits was also a joy to behold.
Obi-Wan of a Kind
The Jedi master is a dab hand at most things he puts his mind to. Hypnotising guards with the power of the force is all in the day’s work for the old boy. His commanding yet softly spoken tone has been imitated by a million school boys. Here’s a look at how to work officials:
Stormtrooper: Let me see your identification.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: You don’t need to see his identification.
Stormtrooper: We don’t need to see his identification.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
Stormtrooper: These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: He can go about his business.
Stormtrooper: You can go about your business.
Obi-Wan Kenobi: Move along.
Stormtrooper: Move along. Move along.