There is a scene in Attack of the Clones that reveals early how conflicted the prophesied one is. During a scene the place Anakin is alone with Padme, as they put together to depart for Naboo, the padawan is contemplating his grasp Obi-Wan: “[he’s] as wise as Master Yoda and as powerful as Master Windu,” he says, whereas Force levitating a stone. But in a short time he veers off and rants about his mentor, about how he’s holding him again. It’s this mixture of tenderness and pridefulness that’s simply so Anakin.
Hayden Christensen’s efficiency as Anakin was derided on the time: thought of considerably picket and unskilled, and watching it immediately it will probably appear his face by no means fairly matches together with his eyes. Indeed, our personal Star Wars movies, ranked information has the three prequels down on the backside. Yet, with the lengthy years which have handed, retrospect has modified issues and transmuted opinion. Because, my goodness, does Anakin Skywalker have emotions. He has so many feelings. An actor much less picket might’ve chewed the surroundings attempting to emote that a lot.
It was nice to see Christensen again within the position within the Disney Plus collection Obi-Wan Kenobi. While some followers discovered it too gradual and plodding to start with, I loved the feel, the time to be alone with McGregor’s dour face, and the gloomy environment. I too felt the self-imposed loneliness, the stoicism barely masking the guilt and the grief. But it was the ending that was really spectacular. Most of all, one picture from the collection has stayed with me, haunting my thoughts like a Sith thoughts trick. It happens within the finale.
After Obi-Wan has began to dwell much less on the previous and reside extra within the current, because of the sprightly younger Leia, and begun to solid apart his guilt, his powers return; nay, he even seems to develop stronger. At the showdown together with his former padawan within the Obi-Wan Kenobi finale, he is ready to defeat the highly effective Skywalker, not solely together with his higher canniness, however together with his Force strengths. Darth Vader’s masks is damaged and we will see inside, peering at a face and listening to a voice that’s nonetheless undeniably Anakin but corrupted into Vader.
“You didn’t kill Anakin Skywalker… I did,” he says, chillingly. Christensen delivers the road with a crazed glint in his eye, and a twisted smile. Praise too should go to Ewan McGregor, for the depth of this scene, as he apologizes to Anakin, earlier than realizing how far gone his former apprentice really is, after he utters that line.
Anakin Skywalker is Star Wars’ foundational character: the protagonist/antagonist whose character arc dictates the large, booming story beats of the saga. Yet this nice villain hasn’t been explored correctly by successive scripts.
In the unique trilogy, he’s a “Big Bad” whereas his former self is alluded to, as we uncover he’s Luke’s father. In the prequel trilogy, we have been promised the background to Darth Vader, with Lucas wanting to indicate how he was as soon as simply an harmless child, whereas plotting his descent into the Dark Side. But there’s a disconnect. After he’s christened Darth Vader by Sheev Palpatine, Anakin commits really horrible deeds. Yet we’re knowledgeable that “there is still good in him”. Padme believes it, earlier than she dies, and within the story that is what we, the viewers, are led to imagine, that he nonetheless possesses goodness.
And but, within the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, we see how evil Darth Vader really is, as he murders villagers, and simply how corrupted Anakin has develop into. It is difficult to see the great in Vader. Anakin is gone, Darth Vader is what stays. But in Return of the Jedi, he has what appears a sudden change of coronary heart and decides to overthrow Palpatine on the final minute. We’ve been instructed there may be goodness within him and this act confirms it. But this isn’t sufficient, fairly frankly. It’s slightly too straightforward. It’s an act that wants increasing, past Padme’s final phrases in Return of the Sith.
Star Wars might examine additional the buried goodness in Vader. The battle inside him. The dramatic potential stays. Perhaps we might skip ahead in time, with one other collection, and see some character growth, some trace the Light Side is deep inside, slightly than simply being instructed this. The duality of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vade is emblematic of the duality of the Star Wars universe, with the beliefs of Light and Dark, Jedi and Sith.
Anakin traverses these two binary sides and ultimately involves (considerably) redeem himself. He is the daddy of Luke and Leia, however he’s the one who saves the day, helped by Luke, as his conscience lastly catches up with him. The entire franchise seems to have forgotten that this layered character, evil but with a glimmer of excellent, is its savior. It’s even considerably disturbing, to overthink it, however this creation is what underpins the saga.
One plot level does nevertheless maintain the important thing to Anakin’s evil deeds and eventual redemption. It happens in Attack of the Clones (maybe this film too must be reevaluated) when he decides to depart Naboo and travels to Tatooine for his mom, Shmi. There he finds that she has been taken by Tusken raiders. He locates her however simply as he saves her she dies in his arms. Watch it once more: it’s a devastating dying. This lonely, tender, delicate boy wanted her. Grief can have an effect on individuals badly and his pleasure can not let go of the helplessness he felt in stopping her dying. For Anakin, it’s the triggering occasion in his life. His journey to the Dark Side begins there.
Skipping ahead a few years, to the timeline of the unique trilogy, and Darth Vader is evil incarnate. We watch him oversee the destruction of whole worlds. But when he learns that he’s not the one Skywalker on this planet, that he’s not alone, one thing begins to floor in him. Later, as he watches Luke being zapped with Force Lightning by Emperor Palpatine, maybe a picture of his mom flashes earlier than him. Maybe he remembers that younger Anakin attempting to avoid wasting his liked one, his household, at the same time as he needed to watch her die. Before his eyes one other member of his household, his son, is dying. He has an opportunity to avoid wasting Luke Skywalker and Anakin remembers himself.
All this emotional and ethical depth just isn’t explored sufficient in Star Wars, however in Obi-Wan Kenobi we bought a fevered glimpse of this, over the collection, and particularly throughout the finale as we see the Dark all however extinguish the Light. Anakin Skywalker casts a big shadow over this franchise, nevertheless it feels prefer it has but to totally develop his character. Darth Vader nonetheless looms above, bigger than life.
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