AOTC & Choices

Someone on my Twitter feed linked to this piece about the events of AOTC and the issue of making choices in that film:

We start off where we ended last: Anakin Skywalker. After ten years of living romantically and partially paternally barren, Anakin is rather confused. It’s obvious from the first moment he’s on screen: he can’t believe he’s going to see Padme again and is visibly shaken. After ten years of having a romance-sized hole in his heart Anakin finally feels that Padme will fill it. As soon as he begins to get close to her his emotions are shown to be very turbulent. He says rather strange things at inappropriate times to Padme and begins to rant in casual conversation. Ever so slightly, he begins to forfeit his ability to choose, by becoming more and more controlled by his emotions as the movie continues.

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2 Responses to “AOTC & Choices”

  1. Noah Says:

    Excellent Analysis =D

  2. Brian47 Says:

    Good comments, I like how the Sandpeople massacre is presented as the climax of his diminishing ability to choose, or at the very least, his ultimate turning point.

    I also like how he points out that AOTC is unusual for not showcasing its villain for most of its running time. I’ve have always felt that this is very much akin to the first James Bond movie, DR. NO. In that film, Bond hears about Dr. No through the story and only has run-ins with his henchmen, but both we as the audience and Bond only meet Dr. No in person in the last 20 minutes or so. This is very much how Dooku is presented in AOTC, in that most of the villainous encounters previous to his entrance are only through Zam and Jango.

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