Annlyel heads to the galaxy far, far away to reveal her favorite moments from the Star Wars saga
Star Wars is filled to the rim with goosebump-inducing and awe-inspiring moments that have made this one of the greatest franchises ever made. From the first time I saw the opening crawl inching its way up the screen, I was hooked. The magic, the mystique, the imagination, it made me the movie fan (and blogger) that I am today.
There are, however, those certain moments in this franchise that remind me why these are some of my favorite movies of all time. And so, on that note, let me share with you those ten moments.
10. Han Speaking Shyriiwook
I knew Solo: A Star Wars Story was going to show us the first meeting between infamous best buds, Han Solo and Chewbacca but I really didn’t expect it to play out like this. I remember sitting in that movie theater watching wide-eyed as Han was thrown into the mud pit on Mimban with the “beast.” The camera showed the chain around Han’s ankle moving, I could hear a guttural noise coming from the beast that was particularly frightening in IMAX, and then the camera showed these hairy feet and the back of a great monster. I truly thought it was going to be something terrifying like the Wampa in The Empire Strikes Back. Turns out it was Chewbacca. I nearly burst out laughing because it was so unexpectedly brilliant.
We see Han and Chewbacca fight (which is something we’ve never seen them do) and as Han is on the brink of getting pushed into the mud he does the one thing nobody expected; speaks Shyriiwook. It was a moment that I could’ve never seen coming. Not only was it a perfect surprise but it only elaborated further on the astounding friendship between these two characters.
9. A Darth Vader Surprise
Rogue One is one of my favorite Star Wars movies because of many reasons but one of those reasons is because of Darth Vader. The scene with him speaking to Krennic halfway through the movie was exciting but it felt more like fan-service than a necessary inclusion of the Sith Lord. It wasn’t until he appeared in that hallway in the red glow of his lightsaber that my excitement rose to astronomical heights.
It’s undoubtedly my favorite Darth Vader moment and a great way to set up the beginning of A New Hope.
8. Lando and L3-37 Launching the Millennium Falcon Into Hyperspace
Solo has a lot of exciting moments that made me ridiculously happy but the moment when Lando and co-pilot, L3-37 launch the Millennium Falcon into hyperspace is one hundred per cent magical. And the funny thing is I’ve seen ships go into hyperspace many times but there’s just something surreal about sharing that moment with Han as he stares at the blue streaks of hyperspace for the first time in wide-eyed awe. I love that part!
7. The Father Bombshell
The first Star Wars films that I watched as a child were the prequels which showed Anakin’s growth into a Jedi Knight and heartbreaking descent into a Sith Lord so by the time I watched The Empire Strikes Back in my early years I didn’t get the same reaction when he told Luke he was his father (because I already knew he was.) But because that moment is so incredible it still covers me in goosebumps every time I watch it. Maybe it’s the music, maybe it’s the horrifying realization for Luke when he learns such a terrible truth, whatever the case, it will go down in history as one of the greatest movie twists of all time.
6. Delivering Luke Skywalker
The prequel trilogy may have had its flaws but Revenge of the Sith definitely has its enjoyable moments and the end of the movie gets me every time. Seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi delivering baby Luke to young Owen and Beru Lars with the iconic “Force” theme playing is a recipe for goosebumps and always induces a mental applaud from me every time.
5. Luke and Leia Reunited Once More
When The Last Jedi was coming out it was an interesting time for StarWars fans. Carrie Fisher had just recently passed the previous December and we could only hope her role in the movie would be worthy. I remember hoping to see her and Luke together again and when it actually happened it was a magical moment.
The scene, tinged with a sense of sorrow considering that Carrie Fisher had passed, brings a tear to my eye every time as I watch her and Luke talk to each other as if they’ve never been apart. And when Luke kisses her on the forehead I always have to contain the waterworks. *sniffle* Great scene!
4. Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine Watch The Construction of the Death Star
Anakin’s story of how he became Darth Vader was nowhere near perfect but there’s something incredibly haunting about his final moment in Revenge of the Sith. It’s a short scene that can easily be forgotten and yet it holds so much meaning. As Darth Vader stands alongside his master, Darth Sidious (and the man that clearly is supposed to be Tarkin) the “Imperial March” theme plays in a dark tone that highlights the beginning of the Empire.
Darth Vader stands with his arms crossed while Palpatine looks on and you get the sense that yes, dark times are ahead. Magical!
3. Luke Is a Mirage
I didn’t enjoy The Last Jedi very much the first time I watched it (I love it now after taking some time to finally understand it) but this moment featuring Luke Skywalker’s trickery was utterly incredible. Let me tell you how things went down for me the first time I watched it. The base’s door was locked and so when he appeared to speak to Leia I was dumbfounded (not in a good way.) How could he be in the base if the First Order wasn’t even there? It didn’t make any sense. And why did he look so strange? I was very, very confused.
I was riveted as he faced Kylo Ren but I was still a bit peeved that he was miraculously there on the planet. It wasn’t until the fallen Ben Solo charged, sliced his lightsaber through him, and turned to find Luke still standing there that my mind was BLOWN! I remember clapping with amazement as I beheld the coolest Jedi trick ever done in the franchise. And still, to this day, that moment brings a wide smile to my face.
2. The Twin Suns/Binary Sunset
There aren’t a lot of moments in A New Hope that make me ultra-happy but this is one of them. I don’t know what it is about seeing Luke gazing wistfully at the two suns while the “Force” theme plays dramatically in the background but it reaches the deepest core of my emotions every time. It didn’t just herald the beginning of Luke’s journey but it began our journey as Star Wars fans as well.
1. Finding Luke
Yes, I know. Three moments involving Luke Skywalker in a row but hey, his moments are the best and this is undoubtedly my favorite moment in Star Wars. The Force Awakens was easily one of my greatest movie experiences (I went to see it five times!) and the ending was utter cliffhanger perfection. The film was already fantastic enough as it was but as it showed Rey climbing all these stairs on this magnificent island with “The Jedi Steps” theme rising to a chill-inducing crescendo the level of magic was growing and growing. And then finally, to see Luke Skywalker again was just…breathtaking. It makes me a shed a tear every time I watch it and will always provide me with a happiness that most films can’t give me.
Star Wars is a masterfully made franchise with stories and characters that are created with so much love and detail. And these moments within those storylines are what keep me coming back for more.
I love Star Wars!
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Hello everyone. My name is Annlyel James. I’m a young woman who loves movies of all genres (specifically ‘Star Wars’ and Marvel movies.) I am also a staff writer for Future of the Force.