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Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films

jajje said:

…and Warwick Davis himself has confirmed that they used him as a kind of Yoda stand-in for one scene in TPM, walking in a long shot, and obviously it was kept in the movie, and that whole sequence with fake-Mace also, seems kind of botched together, perhaps last-minute. Been a long time since I managed to sit through the whole ending of TPM.

It seems like the entire Fake Mace scene was shot in reshoots, probably to make the ending feel less abrupt.

Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films

SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

To be clear, I’m pointing out Mace Windus head movement only. There seems to be a slight motion blur on his head as he turns…but it looks unnatural…like the footage was slowed down.

I noticed the motion blur, but I thought it was a side effect of the YouTube compression. Thanks for pointing it out.

Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films

SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

DominicCobb said:

There’s a lot more effects shots in these movies than we realize. Most scenes have had split screens done (to manipulate actors timing and pull from multiple takes within a single shot), not to mention who knows what other sort of shenanigans. That shot has definitely been altered a good bit.

Yeah…in fact, here’s another shot I noticed years ago in AOTC (again, watch the bluray for a better look):

After Dooku says, “I’m sorry old friend” and the droids re-engage their “arm blasters”, the next shot of Mace Windu turning his head look…off. I originally thought the footage was reversed, but watching it again now, that doesn’t seem to be the case. I just think it was slowed down. Everything else seems to be at a normal speed…then again, no one else makes a sudden movement like Windu does…plus Windu easily could’ve been filmed separately.

I don’t see anything odd about that shot. I think you’re just imagining things.

The Chronological Star Wars – A Year-Long Critical Reappraisal

I personally think ROTS is the best prequel and AOTC is the worst prequel.

This is my current ranking of the main saga movies, best to worst:

  1. The Empire Strikes Back
    One of the best movies of all time. Almost every aspect of it is amazing.

  2. Star Wars
    A great movie, although it’s not as good as Empire.

  3. Return of the Jedi
    A good story that was unfortunately mixed with burp jokes and teddy bears.

  4. The Last Jedi
    A mixed bag. Some parts are great, some parts are terrible.

  5. Revenge of the Sith
    Less boring than the other two prequels, although the acting and dialogue are still bad.

  6. The Force Awakens
    A derivative corporate product that only exists to make fans nostalgic.

  7. The Phantom Menace
    The good elements of the movie are overshadowed by the boring story and bland acting.

  8. Attack of the Clones
    Almost unwatchable. The story is boring, the acting is bland and the dialogue is awful.

The Force Awakens - Ridley's Edit

LordPlagueis said:

  • The moment when Rey one-ups Han Solo at fixing the Millennium Falcon is cringeworthy. Rey can be talented without outshining original trilogy characters.

I always liked that moment, mostly because of Rey’s smile at the end.

  • Ending The Force Awakens before Rey finds Luke is the equivalent of ending A New Hope before Luke blows up the Death Star. Finding Luke is the central goal in The Force Awakens, just as destroying the Death Star is the central goal in A New Hope. Every complete story must answer whether the hero’s quest ends in success or failure.

I agree with this. I’ve never understood why all the TFA edits cut the ending. It’s a great scene, and cutting it leaves the movie without a proper ending.

The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)

LordPlagueis said:

I would recommend the following changes:

  • After Hux says, “We have them tied on the end of a string,” cut to Kylo entering the throne room and Snoke saying “Tied on a string indeed.”

  • Move the deleted scene of Luke mourning Han’s death to right after he says, “Where’s Han”

  • Cut the Tie Fighters shooting the bridge and Leia blasting into space and flying back

  • Cut Finn and Rose’s subplot and Poe and Holdo’s subplot

  • Reinstate the caretaker scenes and Luke’s third lesson

  • Replace Holdo with Admiral Ackbar in the hyperspace Kamikaze attack (borrowing shots from Ivan Ortega)

  • Re-edit Finn’s sacrifice so that an AT-AT shoots down Rose, Finn tries to sacrifice himself, then an AT-AT shoots him down.

That goes against all of Hal’s intentions for this edit. If you want those changes, you should make your own edit.

Small details that took you <em><strong>FOREVER</strong></em> to notice in the <em>Star Wars</em> films

SomethingStarWarsRelated said:

Indeed very much like the shot of the Tusken Raider in ANH. Here’s the scene:

Obviously, the bluray will give you a much better look at what’s been done here.

It looks like different areas of the background have been affected in different ways. The center background moves normally at first, then moves in reverse after the foreground person passes by, then freezes for the rest of the shot. The left and right backgrounds are static at first, then start moving as the foreground person passes by.

The Last Jedi: Legendary (SPOILERS)

Hal 9000 said:

  • Remove the silly mugshot of Hux after commenting on Poe’s X-wing approaching

That moment never bugged me, but I understand why people want to remove it.

  • Remove Rey interpreting Chewbacca to Luke (He just responds with “The Falcon?”)

I’d prefer if that scene stayed the way it is. Removing that bit creates makes the scene feel weird.

  • Remove Luke’s quip about Jakku being “pretty much nowhere” (the new movies are somewhat snarky in ways the OT never was IMHO, and so I’d rather keep Luke away from that - humor, but not gags)

Good idea. I never really liked that joke. Jakku was the site of the final battle between the Rebellion and the Empire, it isn’t “pretty much nowhere.”

  • Remove Rose responding to Finn’s “MTFBWY” with “you too.”

Another good idea. Rose fangirling over Finn is one of my biggest gripes with that subplot.

  • Tighten up Finn and Rose’s reaction to Maz’s “Oh yes, he can” for better timing

I’d prefer if the joke was cut completely. Double entendres aren’t part of the OT’s style of humor.

  • Reinstate a trimmed version of the balcony scene overlooking kids and horses being beaten on Canto Bight

I’d really like this. The lack of political context is one of the sequels’ weak points, so it’s good to have at least some backstory for how the First Order rose to power.

  • Reinstate Rey asking Kylo Ren if he has a cowl to put on

I’d prefer if that line was cut. I’ve never been a fan of Rey and Kylo’s relationship, so I’d like to downplay it as much as possible.

Star Wars Episode I: Cloak Of Deception (Finished!)

Here’s what I’d like to see for a hybrid v5/v6 version of COD:

-Remove Anakin making excuses about why he crashed Watto’s pod
-Revert the podrace to the way it was in v5, with added music and no Wacky Races antics
-Remove added “sacred place” voiceover

And for TAS:

-Remove Jar Jar greeting Obi-Wan and Anakin
-Remove Jar Jar fumbling his words as he accepts his new duties
-Remove Anakin making Padme uncomfortable