And somehow left in Han's reply of 'nice..' to that remark. Weird to remove such a memorable line. Even more curious to think John Williams' music needed replacing as well.
|Posted: 10 May 2019 at 1:31pm | IP Logged | 7
The sequence is OK as a technical exercise, I suppose. It really doesn't work. About as subtle as a brick, right down to the extra shots of Vader staring upward after the battle (not once but twice, to really ram the point home) and the new shots juxtapose really poorly with the escaping-trio strand with its completely different style (e.g. generally static camera vs constantly moving camera).
Lucas intentionally shot Star Wars in an almost documentary style, as if he had happened to capture the action, not trying to big things up with melodramatic camera swoops. Oooooh, look at this!
Also, this now changes the nature of the whole interaction, with Obi Wan getting a proper beat down. Finally, the way Obi Wan fought in Star Wars was hugely influenced by Toshiro Mifune's ronin in Yojimbo. Not spectacular or extravagant, but minimalist and deadly. Blink and you miss it. All the embellishment serves to move them further from samurai, the last vestiges of a more elegant age, and towards something less interesting and more video-gamey.
And Obi Wan's hood looks really dopey.
Edited by Peter Martin on 10 May 2019 at 1:32pm