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I don’t know what to make of this Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated thing that’s coming to a theater near us this Friday, but I know what I think of the other Star Wars movies, so …
Tell me your five favorite Star Wars movie moments.
1. I love it in Return of the Jedi, when Luke is walking the plank and he stops at the edge and the music lets you know something big is coming. He jumps off — what?! — but spins around in mid-air, catches the edge of the plank, flips himself back up on the skiff, and catches the lightsaber that R2-D2 just fired at him from atop Jabba’s barge, all while the music swells and explodes into crazy awesomeness. I love the little look he gives the lightsaber when it ignites without blowing his hand off, kind of like, “Whew, I actually made this thing correctly.” The green blade was a big thing for me as a kid, too, because that was cool and new.
2. Leia: “I love you.” Han: “I know.”
3. Han’s mumbling jabber with the intercom in the Death Star’s detention center. “Everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re all fine here, now. Thank you. How are you?” And then when he realizes the jig is so far up that there wasn’t really even a jig in the first place, he shoots the microphone as if that’s going to solve anything. “Luke! We’re going to have company!” Honorable mention to the fact that Luke, Han and Chewie are all facing the wrong way when the elevator opens and they have to turn around. I laugh every time; that’s the kind of humor and wit I missed in the crappy prequels.
4. The look on Lando’s face when he sees Luke for the first time in the hallway on Bespin, leading to a shootout between Luke and Boba Fett and Leia’s warning to Luke that it’s a trap (as if he would have listened to anybody at that point anyway), and then it all builds to the dangerous elegance of the lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader on the stairs of the carbon-freeze chamber on Bespin.
5. The look on Han’s face when he finally gets it that Leia loves Luke because … he’s her brother. Classic.
And if you don’t Star Wars, just give me five reasons why you think it’s silly.