Posts Tagged ‘AOTC’

An In-Depth Analysis of “Across The Stars”

February 22, 2018

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this piece from December 2015 until it was linked through a Tumblr post about another topic re Star Wars music.  It’s very technical but very fascinating, especially for you music geeks out there:

One could also argue that, because Across the Stars is the most pervasive theme in the film, these thematic connections emphasize that Anakin and Padmé’s love will have drastic effects on just about everything in the prequels’ universe. That is, Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side is grounded in his love for Padmé, without which there would not have been Darth Vader to contend with, nor the Emperor, nor even the Empire for that matter (as Anakin is the one who saves Palpatine’s life in the next film). In any case, it is difficult to overestimate the impact that the couple’s falling in love has on the saga. One could even call it the event that precipitates Anakin’s downfall.

AOTC Star Words Part 20

February 11, 2018

One of the saddest and most consequential moments in the saga:

Being separated from his mother for ten years, all the while not knowing whether he’ll ever see her again, is painful enough. Even adults usually get to go back and visit once in a while, or at least stay in contact. Anakin has instead been expected to behave as if he never knew his mother, like all the other Jedi. That’s hard enough. But now they are reunited under the most brutal of circumstances, only to have her die in his arms mere moments later.

For Anakin, the pain is unthinkable, unbearable. It drives him to murderous vengeance. It leads him, ultimately, to the extremes of the Dark Side in a futile attempt to prevent such pain from ever happening again.

But for Shmi, the moment is miraculously peaceful. It seems like that she has been clinging to life for some time in spite of her mortal injuries, waiting perhaps for her son to return. Through her agony and exhaustion she recognizes him, smiles and expresses how proud she is.

 

AOTC Star Words Part 19

February 1, 2018

An unlikely quote from an unlikely character:

 I love his snotty, self-satisfied delivery. Just look at that smug face. Or I don’t know, maybe Muuns always look like that. But I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have repeated this line to each other in his ridiculous tone. And it’s all the more amusing to us that his name is San Hill. What the San Hill is going on here? Hah. I don’t know, it amuses me.

In any case, Obi-Wan knows now that Viceroy Gunray is behind the attack on Senator Amidala and that Dooku agreed to arrange it in exchange for Gunray’s cooperation with the Separatist cause. His investigation is officially over, and he can deliver his findings and return home. Except he’s not going to get away from Geonosis that easily.

AOTC Star Words Part 18

January 25, 2018

Cliegg Lars accepts cold hard reality while Anakin doesn’t:

Now, at this point Shmi is still clinging to life and Anakin can sense it, so of course he’s not going to rest until he finds her. But she must die eventually. Ideally a child should outlive their parents, and even if Shmi lived a long and easy life it still must end at last. While it’s deeply unfair that she will die in his arms mere moments after their reunion, the healthy course is to learn to accept it. Cliegg isn’t happy that his wife was taken by the sandpeople; obviously not. He’s taken every reasonable measure to rescue her. But now he is coming to terms with her loss, and working through his grief. Anakin would have done well to follow his example, but alas. This will be his downfall.

 

Podme Episode 3: AOTC

January 19, 2018

The third episode of Podme, the only podcast entirely devoted to Padmé Amidala, focuses on AOTC.  I haven’t listened yet so don’t yell if there’s something in it you don’t like.

AOTC Star Words Part 17

January 18, 2018

Matril posted the latest installment of her look at key lines from AOTC, this time during a time when Anakin makes a crucial and fateful decision:

This simple utterance says so much. The previous night, she rejected the idea of falling in love. But it’s clear that there is already a connection here, however she tries to keep it at bay. She is in perfect sympathy with Anakin’s pain, gently urging him to talk about his nightmare, never doubting that his concerns are valid, and then immediately, without hesitation, offering to come along with him. It provides a convenient loophole to the mandate to protect her (though it’s highly doubtful that anyone on the Council would see it that way). It allows him to do what he needs without having to sacrifice everything else. And it’s just the sort of reckless thing that Captain Typho worried Padmé would do. She and Anakin are not so different, after all.

AOTC Star Words Part 16

January 12, 2018

A rather interesting choice of a line few ever think about:

Consider some of his past words from this very same film. “Our judgment she must respect” he says of Padmé’s possible resistance to the Jedi’s plans for her to go into hiding. And “The Council is confident in its decision,” when Obi-Wan wonders if Anakin is ready for a solo assignment. So self-assured. Firm in his assumption that the Council knows what they’re doing. Hmm…

After Obi-Wan receives his orders to bring Jango Fett back to Coruscant and ends the transmission, Yoda is at least humble enough to acknowledge the Council’s blindness in their inability to sense the creation of the clone army. And then Mace mentions the startling fact that the Jedi’s ability to use the Force has diminished. He feels they ought to inform the Senate. Yoda disagrees, and believes that if anyone beyond the mysterious Sith Lord learns of their weakness, “Multiply, our adversaries will.”

AOTC Star Words: “I Can’t Breathe”

January 5, 2018

Matril covers the crucial fireplace scene from AOTC:

Is this scene romantic? That’s a matter of opinion. If tortured angst is your preferred flavor of romance, then maybe so. Not so much for me — I like happy romance, so the first kiss and the meadow picnic are far more to my taste. But that isn’t to say that this scene is unimportant to me. It’s crucial in providing an insight to Anakin’s viewpoint, a flawed viewpoint that will lead to great pain.

He’s tormented by the possibility of unfulfilled desires. Well, that’s not too unusual, not for any impassioned young person. Lots of teenagers feel like if their crush doesn’t return their feelings, it’s the end of the world. He’s also focused almost entirely on a selfish expression of love, of how it affects him, how much pain he is in. Again, perfectly common for a young person who’s still learning how to think outside of his own limited experience. The problem is that Anakin’s situation doesn’t offer a lot of space to learn and grow out of this mindset, as a well-adjusted teenager should. The Jedi forbid attachment, but it appears that they don’t know what to do with someone who already formed attachments before he entered their Order at all. They don’t offer any resources for Anakin to manage his feelings and learn that selflessness they’re so fond of, because the very fact that he has such feelings is foreign to them.

And though Padmé has some advantage in age and experience here, she’s not really all that different.

AOTC Star Words Part 14

December 28, 2017

“A simple man trying to make my way in the universe”:

What a great scene this is. Obi-Wan is almost positive he knows who Jango is, and Jango must know that he knows, but neither of them will say it openly. Taun-We, meanwhile, is blissfully unaware of any underlying tension at all, and Boba keeps giving looks that say, “Who is this nosy guy, Dad? What’s his deal?”

Obi-Wan’s strategic questioning, and Jango’s evasive answers…the momentary glimpse of Jango’s armor, as you wonder whether Obi-Wan saw it, but really it makes little difference because it’s obvious Jango is hiding something…and then the marvelous pay-off we get later when the pretenses are gone and they engage in an awesome fight.

AOTC Star Words Part 13

December 21, 2017

Discussing politics at a picnic:

For just a few tense moments, the pleasant teasing mood evaporates, replaced with unease. As the audience we know what Anakin will become, and now we’re wondering if he’s already a supporter of extremist political ideologies, even before his fall. What does this mean for Padmé, who has devoted her entire life to democracy?

Then a smile sneaks onto Anakin’s face, and the tension dissipates into more teasing and laughter. As far as Padmé can tell, it was just another flirtatious exchange. By the end of this day, we’ll see that she’s fallen hard for Anakin, almost as intensely as he did for her.

But was Anakin only joking after all? Did he pretend it was a joke to deflect her concern, to avoid a contentious debate? His background is very different from Padmé, after all. She would have been raised and educated in a culture that celebrated democracy in all its aspects. Anakin, meanwhile, was hardly likely to have spent an enslaved childhood dreaming that the proper democratic procedures would free him and his mother. Surely he dreamt, instead, of rescue by a noble hero who made sure the right thing happened. Not by passively debating it in the halls of the Senate, but by taking action. Maybe that noble hero was someone else, someone wise. But maybe that noble hero was himself. “I dreamed I came back here and freed all the slaves.”