A Look Back At AOTC & ROTS

Julian at World of Peacecraft posted his tributes to AOTC and ROTS.

Attack of the Clones also shines in its direction. While Lucas may not be the best actors’ director out there, his visual direction skills are on full display here, and they’re my favorite subtle element of this film. Look at the evolution of how Anakin uses his hands. He uses them for casual Force tricks in the first half, then looks at them in shock after murdering the Tusken Raider colony, then gets his right hand stuck in a robotic shoulder in the droid factory… the same hand that will become robotic by the time the credits roll. Look at the darkened forms of Anakin and Padmé as they kiss before being led into the execution arena, and the way that they lighten up as they’re dragged into the sun. This love may lead to a dark future, but it will also eventually defeat Darth Sidious once and for all, and I think that’s a really nice tool of visual storytelling. Look at the clouds of Naboo forming a yin-yang after Anakin has his nightmare, just before his darker side is put to its first true test. Look at Anakin’s battle with Count Dooku at the end of the film, where the only light sources are the red and blue glow of their lightsabers lighting up their faces. It’s only fitting that both of these characters’ stories when it comes to the Force have elements of both the Jedi and the Sith.

Add in Attack of the Clones‘s expert pacing, keeping the viewer involved from start to finish, and I think it ties with The Empire Strikes Back as the best directed Star Wars saga episode. It’s my second favorite film, but only slightly.

Although this one received considerably more praise than the first two films, once again the spread of anonymous sources has made sure Revenge of the Sith has “fallen from grace”, if you will, and is now hated by a lot of people. That’s a real shame, because, much like The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, this chapter is a heartfelt and above all brutally human movie. Revenge of the Sith was the first Star Wars film I was able to see in theaters, an experience that I won’t forget any time soon. Now, around this time, all the media surrounding it had come out, and I knew a lot of what would happen in the movie. But I was still so amazed by Revenge of the Sith that it quickly became not only my favorite Star Wars movie, but my favorite movie of all time, and it remains my favorite to this day. There were so many memorable moments I found just in that first viewing, and there is so much more I’ve come to appreciate about the movie after countless viewings.

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9 Responses to “A Look Back At AOTC & ROTS”

  1. Shak Ti Says:

    Agree with the comment on Anakins hands.

  2. Pedro Felipe Says:

    The Phantom Menace, Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith are nothing short of a work of art. Only thing I would complain is are the concessive clauses “Lucas may not be the best actor’s directors out there”. I can’t stand people who never handled a film camera judging one’s skills and honestly I think the vast majority of “great actor directors” the haters and the media bow to are not all that or just plain suck. I love the acting in Star Wars. There, I said it. It is not all whiz bang, acting is at the core of Star Wars and it would never have made any ducesd if the acting (or the writing) was bad. Can’t believe there are still people who say things like “you don’t go see Star Wars expecting great acting”. Yes, I do. And it delivered and over delivered on all 6 films. These people would be a joke. They would’t be satisfitied even if wrote a script they would rip it apart and call it “cheesy” and “corny”. You know it to be true…

  3. Pedro Felipe Says:

    Sorry, my comment should read:

    The Phantom Menace, Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith are nothing short of a work of art. Only thing I would complain is are the concessive clauses “Lucas may not be the best actor’s directors out there”. Well I think he is. There, I said it. I can’t stand people who never handled a film camera judging one’s skills and honestly I think the vast majority of “great actor directors” the haters and the media bow to are not all that or just plain suck. I love the acting in Star Wars. There, I said it. It is not all whiz bang, acting is at the core of Star Wars and it would never have made any sucess if the acting (or the writing) was bad. Can’t believe there are still people who say things like “you don’t go see Star Wars expecting great acting”. Yes, I do. And it delivered and over delivered on all 6 films. These people are a joke, we shouldn’t have to aswer to them. They wouldn’t be satisfitied even if Homer wrote a script they would rip it apart and call it “cheesy” and “corny”. You know it to be true…

    • lazypadawan Says:

      One day I’m going to write something about people not getting Lucas’s movies. It’s something that has occurred to me while watching parts 1 and 2 of the new Twin Peaks. David Lynch has a particular style; you either love it or you don’t. But it’s not because of incompetence. The same could be said for similar auteurs: Quentin Tarantino, Lars Von Trier, Darren Aronofsky, Woody Allen, Terence Malick, etc.. You can only judge based on how their work typically operates rather than on your own expectations and you have to acknowledge that their work isn’t for everyone (I’m not a big Von Trier fan for instance). The funny part is a lot of people who really like those filmmakers I listed wouldn’t consider George Lucas in the same league because his work is more mainstream. But he works exactly the same way they do.

      • Pedro Felipe Says:

        Yeah, it pisses me off when people start ripping acting that deviates from the established holywood archetype, e.g: Carrie Fisher’s acting in Return of The Jedi, I love it. It’s so innocent and so natural, we get to see a side of Leia that wasn’t that explored in IV and V.

      • joe Says:

        tell me about it i read comments on cinemablend in response to what plans they had for leia in episode 9 they took potshots at mark hamill and carrie fisher saying they were horrible actors it p***ed me off i guess they haven’t seen any of hamill’s voice work and it hasn’t even been six months since carrie’s untimely death i have read other comments elsewhere saying she broke up harrison ford’s marriage when she revealed before her death that they had an affair during production of a new hope and cracks about her drug use these comments were petty and mean spirited and in poor taste in light of her passing i guess the only good actor in star wars was harrison ford it seems anybody not named harrison ford get trashed by these a**holes sorry for the rant

      • Bayonne VeterinaryMedical Says:

        Wait, people bashed Carrie Fisher’s acting in Return of the Jedi? What did they say? I seriously did not know his was a thing.

      • joe Says:

        like i said the comments on cinemblend as well as screen rant took shots at carrie calling her a horrible actress made fun of her drug use and called her a home wrecker for ruining ford’s marriage some have even suggested recasting the part for episode 9 since they won’t do cgi like i n rouge one NO NO NO CARRIE FISHER WAS PRINCESS LEIA NOBODY CAN REPLACE HER of course these cracks at her were probably going on when she was alive and her weight problems as well i’m sure you heard that she had to lose weight for the new films like did for a new hope if losing that weight contributed to her death then lucasfilm and disney should be held accountable i can’t say anything more on here since imnot talking about the prequels this is the star wars prequel appreciation society so all i can say is that episodes 2 and 3 are great films no matter what the scumbags say happy memorial day and may the force be with you.

    • Julian Kley (jykdrumz) Says:

      Well, just to clarify, I wasn’t trying to say that Lucas was a bad actors’ director. Like you, I’ve got nothing against any of the performances. The actors themselves (across all of the films) have said that there were times when he wasn’t easy to work with, and Lucas himself has said that he’s more comfortable being a visual director than an actors’ director, and there are times in which that shows. I think his direction of actors is still good, don’t get me wrong, but he’s far from the only good actors’ director out there. However, I’ve seen very few directors, especially in similar sci-fi summer blockbusters, match the quality of Lucas’s visual direction, especially in AOTC and ROTS. That’s all I was trying to say with that paragraph.

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