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The First and Final Shots of Each Film in the Saga, which are your favorites? Movies

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u/everydayasl Oct 02 '22

The very first one, top left, changed my life when I was 5 in 1977. The battle of Tantive IV. Two C-3POs running crazy (gold and silver) and good soldiers being shot down by stormtroopers who could aim at the time.

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u/KaimeiJay Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

“Only Imperial stormtroopers are so precise.”

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u/LordAronsworth Oct 02 '22

My personal head canon is that Obi-Wan was referring to the clone troopers, and assuming they were still in use at the time.

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u/The_MadMage_Halaster Oct 02 '22

That... actually makes a lot of sense. He probably didn't realize they had stopped the cloning program and switched over to recruited solders.

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u/Skullduggery-9 Oct 02 '22

But doesn't the Obi-Wan series canon change that? He's had runins with storm troopers before meeting Luke now.

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u/miguelgooseman Oct 02 '22

And the way he mentions he fought in the clone wars in ANH tells me he knows the difference between storm troopers and clone troopers

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u/Coffee-Thief Oct 03 '22

Or perhaps vaders person legion is the best of the best with imps

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u/Pupulauls9000 Oct 02 '22

in his series, Obi-Wan sits in the back of a truck with several stormtroopers who are clearly human and not clones. This was also a day after he saw an old, starving, homeless clone on the streets. Kenobi isn't that dumb and can put two and two together.

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u/Spirited_Refuse9265 Oct 03 '22

Yet for the rest of the entire series they can't hit the broad side of a barn

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u/contrabardus Oct 02 '22 Wholesome Take My Energy

If you pay attention, Stormtroopers are only "imprecise" when they are in situations where they have orders to keep a high value target alive or some other objective in the OT.

In ANH Tarkin flat out confirms that letting the Rebels go was part of the plan.

In Empire they are escorting the bounty hunter, have orders not to hurt Luke so Vader can deal with him, and are mostly fighting defensively. Solo and crew are wanted alive to act as bait as well, and there's no indication a "no kill" order had been rescinded yet when Liea and crew were escaping.

In Jedi, the Empire was winning the battle until their command and control structure failed, armor was commandeered, and were fighting an apex predator native species with Rebel support. "Cute" or not, Ewoks are terrifying little murder bears who were planning on eating the invaders.

Everyone in Rouge One dies, most of them before the finale, and the few in space who survive only do so because they bug out when reinforcements arrive, and barely manage that.

There's also the concept of the Force and it having a "will" to contend with. This creates an excuse for "plot armor" to some extent.

It's literally explained or shown in the movies why they seem so "incompetent" when they appear that way.

In every other instance the Rebels get wrecked.

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u/joesphisbestjojo Oct 02 '22

And in Star Wars: Rebels, Filoni had to make them buffoons for kids. Well, not really, but he thought it'd be funny

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u/Whiskeyjacks_Fiddle Oct 02 '22

Let’s be fair here; the stormies stationed on Lothal are not their best and brightest. We see that with the troopers, and the officers.

It’s not until the GI shows up and executes the officers in charge that the Empire becomes more competent.

Then you have the really competent examples (Skystrike Academy, Thrawn, etc), which show the Empire isn’t a joke.

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u/dynex811 Oct 02 '22

Bro in Rebels they actually run away from stormtroopers and treat them like a threat. Half the show is rebels running away from them.

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u/SnooTigers7333 Oct 02 '22

God I hate rebels

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u/weyess Oct 02 '22

Delete this

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u/SnooTigers7333 Oct 02 '22

Nah, I mean I can see why people like it, it’s just absolutely not for me

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u/DaHUGhes89 Oct 02 '22

So what you're saying is you've only seen a few episodes at most

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u/SnooTigers7333 Oct 02 '22

I’ve seen the entire show, it wasn’t at all for me

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u/tgiokdi Oct 02 '22

fighting an apex predator native species

lmao

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u/AceDelta12 Sith Oct 02 '22

Indeed. Also I think it’s confirmed that it’s literally the aim of the E-11 blaster rifles the stormtroopers use that make them seem inaccurate.

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u/StarMaster475 Oct 02 '22

It isn’t, whenever we see a good guy use an E-11 their aim is completely unaffected, it’s literally just Disney not being able to figure out another way to avoid the main characters getting shot than “haha bad guys can’t shoot”.

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u/AceDelta12 Sith Oct 02 '22

Oh. I remember seeing in a Star Wars handbook (I think it was the Imperial Handbook) where Han Solo said that some alien species could shoot more accurately while drunk than the E-11.

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u/IslamicCheese Oct 02 '22

I’m just trying to figure out how a laser beam can be inaccurate

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u/AceDelta12 Sith Oct 02 '22

The same way a regular gun can be inaccurate—the sights on the guns are not properly aligned. They likely shifted gradually over time due to constant use.

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u/Konstant_kurage Oct 02 '22

If the empire treats weapons maintenance like they do safety standards, then they are not well maintained and poorly calibrated and sighted.

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u/meinung_racht_ich Oct 02 '22

so why are they giving their elite troops a blaster that doesn't shoot straight? Why bother with these contortions to try and iron out unimportant 'plot holes' in what was never meant to be hard sci-fi?

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u/gogojack Oct 02 '22

I was 12, and that opening battle was so incredible. There was simply nothing else like it at the time. We're spoiled now with new movies and series coming out on the regular, and so many other good movies and franchises that it's hard for people to imagine when there was just the one.

Star Wars. No "Episode IV," no "A New Hope," and the idea that a sequel would come out a few years later that was actually better? Unimaginable.

Oh, and my favorite final shot has to be the last one in that sequel. The Rebel fleet with the galaxy in the background. There's gonna be another sequel. Luke has a robot hand. It was the #1 rule in entertainment, "always leave 'em wanting more" in spades.

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u/GuacinmyPaintbox Oct 02 '22

This. Not to mention how John Williams score comes to such an amazing swell and crescendo as they pan back from the Medical Frigate brings tears to my eyes and goosebumps every damn time I watch that scene.

I remember leaving the theater just thinking "Dear God , how long do I have to wait to see what happens!?!?"

The pure emotion at the end of Empire is just unbelievably amazing.

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u/BubbhaJebus Oct 02 '22

Amen! And to think we had to wait three years to see what happened. My mind reeled with ideas, predictions and possibilities, and I even went to the re-release of Star Wars in 1982 just to see the trailer for Revenge of the Jedi.

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u/GuacinmyPaintbox Oct 02 '22

My friends and I had all of these crazy theories as to what was going to happen (got to live life before the Internet, lol). I had one buddy CONVINCED Yoda was a "double agent", Luke & Leia getting married (oof), and I was convinced Boba would play a much larger role (still bitter about that one).

Happy Cake Day!

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u/BubbhaJebus Oct 02 '22

It was a life-changing experience for me as a pre-teen. Even at that age, I knew that new ground had been broken in cinema.

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u/Malk_McJorma Mace Windu Oct 02 '22

Nothing will ever compare to the first time I experienced the beginning of EPIV in a movie theatre. It was nothing short of life changing.

The end, then. Carrie Fisher/Leia was my first celebrity crush, and to me she was the most beautiful woman in the world for a long time. Fast-forward many years. I got married and bought the necklace Leia wore in the final scene for my wife as a wedding gift.

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u/BigBadErrolB Oct 02 '22

This comment here. Life changed completely when I saw this 1st. Also 5 but I’m 1980. I just rewatched all 9 and the magic of 4,5 and 6 just isn’t there in the last 6 filmed. We were robbed of the story.

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u/Tomachi212 Oct 02 '22

Return of the Jedi-That opening shot with the death star brings despair as you realize the empire is close again to terrorize the whole galazy.

And the end shot is just everyone enjoying their happy endings as we close down the trilogy.

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u/Scottie2hhh Imperial Oct 02 '22

The proper ending

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u/LfcOsh Oct 02 '22

I like the one that begins in space

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u/GuacinmyPaintbox Oct 02 '22

Playing it safe there. Nice!

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u/Cyrotik Oct 02 '22

ROTS. It’s opening is my favorite of almost any movie.

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u/HistoricalMention210 Oct 02 '22

The sheer size of the battle is what gets me lol

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u/SnooMemesjellies7469 Oct 02 '22

There's a very brief moment in that battle (I think it's right after a capital ship gets demolished) that I get this sense of the vastness and weightlessness of space.

It's like my stomach suddenly becomes weightless for a moment.

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u/Boring_Ad_3065 Oct 02 '22

It doesn’t happen much in Star Wars, but in more realistic sci-fi, there’s some scenes that really highlight just how big and empty space is.

Even in our relatively dense asteroid belt, it’s like 1/100th or 1/1000th the density of any asteroid field shown in Star Wars.

The battle is pretty neat with some of the flips in orientation although a little too busy at points for my taste, especially on first watch.

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u/Richard__Cranium Oct 02 '22

The prequels are my favorite of all the trilogies. I really wish they'd re-release the movies in the theaters. I'd fucking love to watch that intro on the big screen.

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u/Zealousideal-Rice695 Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

They did with Episode I about 10 years ago. I believe they released it in 3D, when that was a big deal. I was looking forward to ROTS, but I forgot why exactly that fell out of favor? Edit: Star Wars wanted to focus on the sequel trilogy. Plus, the 3D version of episode I didn’t yield what they wanted. I’m still super bummed. Maybe they should have done just ROTS?

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u/CoolGu1313 Oct 02 '22

Yeah, it was actually still under Lucas, probably to create hype for the then being discussed (privately) sale of the franchise and the sequels coming out. Problem is, Episode V would have been re-released the year Episode VII came out, and then Episode VI the same year as Rogue One, so I get why Disney shelved them. Shame too, they already had made merch for the prequels (the custom 3D glasses for each film. I really had wanted to collect those).

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u/Swaggy_splashy Oct 02 '22

Enjoyed the prequels but weren’t superior to the OG imo, so glad they have touched you to love them the most. That’s awesome, i would love to see the prequels in imax!

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u/Richard__Cranium Oct 02 '22

I think part of it is that I just like the clone wars time period the most, and really love the aesthetics from those movies. The OT is of course great. Currently rewatching through it again actually.

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u/mtmaiman Oct 02 '22

Exact same boat as you. TCW is incredible

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u/shockwave8428 Oct 02 '22

Yeah the state of the galaxy is just so much more fun to me. You also see a lot more of civilization and the government. Both the OT and ST barely have any actual showing of that. Seeing coruscant in andor during the reign of the empire, albeit briefly, was really cool I really like it because it’s cool to see all the populated areas of the galaxy

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u/PutinMyFootInUrAss Oct 02 '22

I think objectively the original trilogy are the best FILMS but the prairie are the most FUN, especially propped up by ROTS

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u/MC_chrome Padme Amidala Oct 03 '22

One of the reasons why I rank the prequels over the original trilogy (in my personal opinion) comes down partially to the fact that the prequel films are so much more colorful and vibrant, while the original trilogy is much more drab and dark. I understand that Lucas was trying to convey symbolism in those decisions, but it gets a little boring after you’ve seen the same grey starships and hallways for a few hours.

Edit: Oh, I almost forgot to add the Clone Wars era to that list. Probably my favorite era in Star Wars outside of the Old Republic!

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u/NeffeZz Oct 02 '22

I often just watch the opening, especially if I want to test my sound system.

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u/DylanBullock50471 Oct 02 '22

ROTS is the best of them all

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u/where_other_sock Oct 02 '22

Agreed. Not a fan of the film, but that opening was the only one that hit as hard as A New Hope

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u/Cyrotik Oct 02 '22

The drums, the camera’s slow pan, the fighters coming in and suddenly you’re in the middle of a chaotic battle; it just worked so well.

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u/TrashMatchmaking Oct 02 '22

Watched both clone wars, read the novelization and watched the entire trilogy while paying full attention to the story rather than the memes.

You haven't done at least one of these three.

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u/gomets6091 Oct 02 '22

The ROTS novelization is a masterpiece.

My unrealistic hope is that they'd let Matt Stover write novelizations of the Original Trilogy in the same style.

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u/TheFlawlessCassandra Oct 02 '22

If you need to read the novelization of a movie and watch multiple seasons of a cartoon that came out years later in order for it not to be shit, it's shit.

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u/AttilaTheFun818 Oct 02 '22

I don’t know why you’re getting downvotes. You got a point.

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u/SilverandCold1x Oct 02 '22

Both sides of this argument are wrong because this argument only exists to make everyone feel bad and nothing else. That’s why. Let people enjoy things however they see fit.

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u/LikeThosePenguins Battle Droid Oct 02 '22

Just seeing that shot lets me hear the drums.

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u/dorcus_malorcus Oct 03 '22

I feel like I can hear the music and the noise when I look at that frame.

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u/Frosty_Tale9560 Oct 02 '22

I like to watch the opening of this movie whenever I eat shrooms. The drums get it going right off the bat.

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u/MaXimus421 Ahsoka Tano Oct 02 '22

ROTJ

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u/nightmarenarrative Oct 02 '22

I don't know if it's just me but I always read ROTJ as Revenge of the Jedi.

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u/Je_jackson56 Oct 02 '22

Funny you say that, because that was actually the original title of the film before it was changed

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u/nightmarenarrative Oct 02 '22

It's probably my brain in an alternate timeline lol

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u/StarWarsMarvel-More Oct 02 '22

Empire’s is neat. Imperial ship flying towards us, rebel ships flying away from us

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u/Hestbech Oct 02 '22

After watching this post, I - once more - am drawn to watch A New Hope.

The twin suns and Luke looking to the horizon is the most iconic shot in Cinema history.

Of theese ... I can't choose.

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u/daddymeltzer Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith

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u/Purvi3vedi Oct 02 '22

My favorite ending is AOTC, mostly because of the transition of the music to one of the most epic soundtracks of the saga: Across the Stars

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u/paulp712 Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith still has the best opening I have seen to a film. The ending on Tatooine isn’t bad either

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u/deadandmessedup Oct 02 '22

A New Hope for me. Iconic, dramatically effective, very carefully composed and executed.

After that, I like Attack of the Clones' tilting the camera up at the open, and starting ominously, which makes sense for the mystery tone of the film, and the final shot is lush. Also love how The Last Jedi tilts down and introduces you to the main ships of the rebel fleet along with the scout ships that prove crucial in the second act. And how the final shot has that "the Force does not belong to anyone" energy.

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u/HeyNateBarber Imperial Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith and its not even close.

It's my favorite movie of all time so I may be biased but the opening and closing shot specifically looks the best here

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u/Woelfe_ Darth Maul Oct 02 '22

The opening scene in RotS is easily the best in terms of depth and storytelling, and I think the closing scene is a beautiful and iconic way to end the prequel trilogy and tie it to the OT

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u/SkyPL Clone Trooper Oct 02 '22

It also does an absurd amount of world-building for a single scene.

If I were ever to show someone what Star Wars universe looks like by just showing him 1 scene - that would be it. It's so all-encompassing.

Lucas was an absolute master of world-building and imagination.

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u/Acanthophis Oct 02 '22

You can really feel George's absence in everything that has been made since the acquisition by Disney.

There's just something different about the new stuff.

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u/Nictel Oct 02 '22

Solo forgot to include a planet on its opening shot. Other than that I like how IV - VI start out with a shot of the Empire and end with the Rebels

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u/mrfisher5 Sith Oct 02 '22

ROTJ

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u/PS5013 Darth Vader Oct 02 '22

First: Revenge of the Sith

Last: Rogue One

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u/BambaTallKing Oct 02 '22

For opening, ANH and ROTS

For closing, ROTJ and AOTC

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u/black-rhombus Oct 02 '22

Empire Strikes Back has the best ending

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u/TramplingProgress31 Oct 02 '22

It has to be Episode 4. That first shot of the Tantive IV followed by the long shot of the Star Destroyer had me hooked. And after the last shot I didn't want it to be over.

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u/storydove Oct 02 '22 Wholesome

Seeing the silhouette of Rey and BB-8 makes me want watch the final three movies again.

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u/The_Fortunate_Fool Jar Jar Binks Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith's opening was incredible.

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u/JohnWithABun Oct 02 '22

"PEEEAAACCCEEE!!!"

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u/Coreus88 Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith honestly has the best opening of them all. Broom boy was my favorite end...unfortunately, as of yet, that went nowhere

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u/GuacinmyPaintbox Oct 02 '22

Broom boy is probably the single, best example of wasted potential in the entire damn sequel trilogy.

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u/TraditionalDetail617 Oct 02 '22

I really loved where Johnson was taking that - the idea that anyone could be powerful and important, and you didn't have to be elite to help, and then Jar Jar Abrams went and fucked it all up with his "oNLy SkYwAlKeRs aNd PaLpaTiNeS aRe WhAt MaTtErS!" bullshit.

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u/OleUnreliable Imperial Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith. I just can't get over how beautiful the Tatooine suns are.

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u/M_Dutch97 Oct 02 '22

RotJ's ending when they're all together because that's the real ending to Star Wars.

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u/Guava7 Oct 02 '22

Best start: ROTS

Best ending: Yub Nub

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u/GuacinmyPaintbox Oct 02 '22

Upvote for Yub Nub

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u/Ct-5736-Bladez Clone Trooper Oct 02 '22

Rots with new hope in close second

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u/forseth11 Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith hands down.

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u/TailorAncient444 Oct 02 '22

The start of episode IV is my favorite. Despite starting this flagship series, it's technically wrong. While studying animation, I noticed that the planet and the three moons each have a different light direction.

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u/WarriorData Oct 02 '22

I’ve seen the AOTC last scene site. It’s in Lake Como and beautiful

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u/the_way_around Oct 02 '22

The Skywalker Saga? That's 9 films.

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u/TrashMatchmaking Oct 02 '22

No it's 6. Rey is not a skywalker lmao.

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u/TB-252 Oct 02 '22

The sequels are part of the Skywalker Saga. No amount of copium can change that

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u/Purvi3vedi Oct 02 '22

It was written incorrectly, and failed to execute the way more than half of the SW fandom wanted it. Who are u kidding

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u/BambaTallKing Oct 02 '22

Literally doesn’t matter hoe badly it was written, its a part of the Skywalker sage. Cope

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u/TheFlawlessCassandra Oct 02 '22

It was written incorrectly

If we're excluding things on that basis it'd be like two and a half, not six.

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u/karmakeeper1 Oct 02 '22

Kylo Ren is.

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u/TraditionalDetail617 Oct 02 '22

I loved the end of TLJ with "broom boy" - I really liked where Johnson was taking that - the idea that anyone could be powerful and important, and you didn't have to be elite to help, and then Jar Jar Abrams went and fucked it all up with his "oNLy SkYwAlKeRs aNd PaLpaTiNeS aRe WhAt MaTtErS!" bullshit.

As for TRoS, despite its many faults, I really enjoyed it when Rey lit up the gold lightsaber, as it made her look exactly like Bastila from KotoR, which sort of brought the lore full-circle.

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u/Dibidoolandas Oct 02 '22

I like Broom Boy because he represents all of us who grew up playing with SW toys and dreamed of being like Luke. In TLJ Luke questions the worth of hero worship, and this simple scene shows the value of his legend.

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u/brandon24745 Oct 02 '22

Ironic since Star Wars has kind of been about the average JoBlo, born from the lowest class, who can save the universe.

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u/Clugaman Oct 02 '22

It used to be about that. Then the prequels completely ruined that with the dumb (and narratively useless) prophecy and midichlorian counts. Then the sequels almost took it back to where it always should have been, and then people complained and they went right back to the prequels “chosen one” bullshit.

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u/Futbol_Trainer Oct 02 '22

It was established in the OT that Luke was Vaders son. We know from the OT that Luke was pretty strong in the force because of his father. Luke wasn't just some random smuck, he was the child of a very powerful force user. It wasn't the PT that ruined that.

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u/brandon24745 Oct 02 '22

They were both from humble beginnings, low class citizens destined for greatness. Even Rey fits this description.

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u/Futbol_Trainer Oct 02 '22

That is still the case. I don't understand how the PT changes that. Luke wasn't like Leia or anything who was a Princess and ultra rich. Luke was still from a humble beginning and his adoptive parents were in the lower class

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u/brandon24745 Oct 02 '22

I am mostly responding to the other guy without creating a new thread so no disagreements here.

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u/Futbol_Trainer Oct 02 '22

Ah gotcha, my bad I thought you were the other guy

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u/HeyItsStevenField Obi-Wan Kenobi Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith had a dark ending in terms of story, but the ending scene made the story sound more hopeful for the future, kind of a nice ending

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u/Acanthophis Oct 02 '22

A light in the darkness.

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u/WolfpackRoll Oct 02 '22

A New Hope is the only acceptable answer

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u/fart-debris R2-D2 Oct 02 '22

Why the random inclusion of Solo?

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u/Failure_Enabler Oct 02 '22

Rogue One is also there. It's all the movies, not just ep 1 to 9.

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u/Beelzabubba Oct 02 '22

A New Hope has the best opening and the best ending of any of the movies, hands down.

Unless your name is Chewbacca, I suppose.

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u/Badbadbobo Oct 02 '22

It bothers me to no end that Solo doesn't start in space.

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u/Galen-Everest Oct 02 '22

Episode 3 is the best in my opinion.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

ANH for first shot, ESB for last shot.

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u/AntiGravity00 Oct 02 '22

Empire—it starts in the middle of a story with lots of anticipation; a lot of big events happen in the movie, both foreseeable and surprising; and the ending leaves you wanting so much more!

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u/EchoLoco2 R2-D2 Oct 02 '22

Gotta give this to either Ep 3 or 4

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

In terms of both, ANH Last shot: TLJ OR TROS first shot: probably ANH

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u/jdmorgenstern Oct 02 '22

The last shot in TLJ would’ve been the perfect shot to end the series. It perfectly captures Star Wars.

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u/67mustangguy Oct 02 '22

The last Jedi is the only one that doesn’t fit

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u/Bansheesdie Oct 02 '22

The opening sequence of Episode IV is one of the best in cinema history.

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u/Nicinus Luke Skywalker Oct 02 '22

Based on this Rise of Skywalker

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u/panosdim82 Oct 02 '22

I liked the ending of TLJ for the possibilities it presented.

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u/zrizzoz Babu Frik Oct 02 '22

Opening: Revenge of the Sith

Closing: The Last Jedi. I feel like the force sensitive kid opened up a galaxy of possibilities again for more force users (whether or not it was executed on in the next movie) and it was shot very nicely.

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u/CFT0417 Oct 02 '22 Silver

Rey and BB8 and the two suns.

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u/sroche24 Oct 02 '22

I'm gonba be Sean Paul and don't care what people say: The Last Jedi

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u/uncle_warbones Oct 03 '22

Great question. I'll cheat and go with a top three in no particular order. Rogue One has a pretty neat opening scene, the "sound of space" really adds a bit of spook and those planetary rings are superb. A New Hope is iconic. Empire Strikes Back is amazingly simple and had a real kick of mystery. When I first saw The Force Awakens I was impressed by the ship passing across the planet.

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u/Few_Lawfulness5244 Oct 03 '22 Helpful

I think that last one, with Rey and bb8 really makes me tear up. It’s closing a full beautiful saga that had been such a big part in my life. Rise of skywalker will always have a special place in my heart.

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u/PathToSomething Oct 02 '22

Absolute favorite: ROTJ, mainly due to the final shot.

Great: ROTS, ESB

Not good IMO: TFA (hate the aerial shot) and TLJ (perfect ending would have been before in the Millennium Falcon with the main characters)

Worst first shot: Solo (love the movie, though)

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u/Tundralik Oct 02 '22

What I think is interesting is that Episodes 1-6 all feature a moment of unity/family before they end.

Episode 1: peace is restored for now and Anakin became part of the jedi-family/Naboo is united again

Episode 2: Anakin an Padme marry

Episode 3: The Skywalker kids (especially Luke) are brought to their families

Episode 4: Peace and a perspective of unity got earned by the battle of Yavin

Episode 5: The Crew is holding together looking for Han and especially the Leia-Luke scene before the end shows how much they care about each other

Episode 6: the OG Crew did it, peace is back, empire defeated and they all became one big united family :)

Now if you look at the sequels - it did something else first.

Episode 7: Rey meets old Luke - which leaves us guessing about HER personal future (and that was what People were hyped about. What does Luke know about her? How can Luke train her?) but the theme is different to the former movies

Episode 8: the ending of the movie should‘ve been in the falcon. No one needed broom boy :D so besides all the other flaws of that movie even the ending scene is disconnected from the earlier movies

Episode 9 is interesting. It leaves Rey with her accepted heritage as a Skywalker on Tatooine - which reflects how the movie returned more to the series (despite the plot holes). Even though she is alone, she actively changes her idea of who she wants to be and by that returns to the family thematic

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u/AnnoyedYamcha Oct 02 '22

I really like episode 1 ending. It catchy.

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u/AcreaRising4 Oct 02 '22

Not my fav of the endings but I think the shot for the last Jedi is striking

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u/ishbam Oct 02 '22

The opening of ROTS gives me chills and I dont know why

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u/Sparrowsabre7 Oct 02 '22

In terms of opening AND ending? Revenge of the Sith. New Hope has the most iconic opening in cinema history, but the ending shot is only ok. The ending itself? Great! but that last shot is nice but nothing special.

With ROTS you habe the incredible opening in the midst of a war and end with a last look of hope that recalls the original trilogy.

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u/Sparrowsabre7 Oct 02 '22

In terms of opening AND ending? Revenge of the Sith. New Hope has the most iconic opening in cinema history, but the ending shot is only ok. The ending itself? Great! but that last shot is nice but nothing special.

With ROTS you habe the incredible opening in the midst of a war and end with a last look of hope that recalls the original trilogy.

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u/APracticalGal Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith for both opening and closing and it's not even close.

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u/itss_mooneyyy Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the sith easily, the opening with the drums, the unison flying and the large battle taking place, then the ending too, can’t beat binary sunset.

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u/atopetek Oct 02 '22

Revenge of the Sith’s first seconds are insane.

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u/XenosV Oct 02 '22

ROTS still the best here

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u/history_nerd92 Luke Skywalker Oct 02 '22

The prequels had some great cinematography.

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u/crunchybean2 Oct 02 '22

Not the god damn broom kid. First time I saw it I thought okay I get it, some cool possibilities here…Went nowhere.

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u/SamVimesThe1st Oct 02 '22

Opening shot: Episode 3 Last shot: Tie between 7 and 8

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u/TriscuitCracker Oct 02 '22

RoTS for sad, RoTJ for happy.

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u/leela_martell Oct 02 '22

Say what you want about the sequels but those final shots in all of them are great.

Though I think New Hope will still always be my favourite.

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u/CarsonDyle1138 Oct 02 '22

Actually I think the TFA final shot is pretty hideous; a static shot with them in profile would have been vastly better

Or, indeed, not ending a film mid-scene might have been better again

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u/NeverGonnaTellALi3 Oct 02 '22

First shot: ROTS

Final shot: ANH

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u/AceDelta12 Sith Oct 02 '22

The Force Awakens

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u/lordgalaxhar Oct 02 '22

episode 3 for sure

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u/BWRyan75 Oct 02 '22

I hate the Rise of Skywalker with intensity of a 1000 suns… but I gotta admit that last shot is really beautiful.

First shot, I’d probably vote for a New Hope.

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u/Spartan2170 Oct 02 '22

The entire sequel trilogy had beautiful aesthetics. From Rey and Ben’s lightsaber fight in the snow to the battle of Crait to the ocean with Death Star debris towering out of it, even if someone hates all three movies they’re visually beautiful.

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u/Limey_Man Grievous Oct 02 '22

Agreed. My hate for the Sequels had only grown as time goes on, but the one thing I can't fault them on is their cinematography. The Last Jedi in particular is probably the best shot film in the saga.

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u/SchmuckAmok Oct 02 '22

Broom Boy was iconic and a cool little way of not only showing that the Force didn’t need to be tethered to any legacy bloodlines (until JJ scrapped that of course) but also that the Force was “in bloom” so to speak - “there has been an awakening” could have meant for numerous people discovering the Force, not just Rey, especially how later it’s hinted that Finn has Force potential too.

Also for me, showing the kids playing with toys and telling stories of Luke Skywalker makes me believe that the Legends stories are in universe stories that people share among themselves. Some are true, some aren’t. I know a lot of fans draw a strict line between canon and noncanon but this is my way of including everything

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u/Vodka-Knot Mace Windu Oct 02 '22

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Rogue One.

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u/Middle_Aged_Mayhem Oct 02 '22

1,2,3,7,8,9 Rogue One and Solo

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u/he_creative Oct 02 '22

Opening shot of Jedi, final shot of TFA

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u/ConfusedPhDLemur Oct 02 '22

Imo, the TLJ was perfectly done and is my favourite.

But of course, ROtJ is also amazing, it always brings out a smile.

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u/BLR-81_Gaming Oct 02 '22

Wow, only 2/9 where the main focus of the opening shot wasn't space.

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u/Moraulf232 Oct 02 '22

Horribly, Revenge of the Sith, though I don’t much like the movie.

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u/Bartoffel Jyn Erso Oct 02 '22

The final shot for TFA is weird. When you consider the fact that it’s overall a decent-looking film, including majority of the trip to Ahch-To… I don’t know why they ended it on such a cheap looking, rotating shot.

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u/ostermei Oct 02 '22

Because, frankly, JJ's kind of a hack.

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u/Administratr Oct 02 '22

Anything but the prequela

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u/TheFlawlessCassandra Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

ANH's opening is one of the most iconic film shots of all time, it wins easily.

I think RotS is probably the most overrated film in the saga but both of those shots are sublime.

TFA's closer is also great (even though TLJ ruined it). ESB's is nice too but not quite up there with the other two.

Bonus worst:

Openers, Solo I guess? None are really that bad.

Closers is Broom Kid and whatever the fuck was going on in TPM with the Lost Orb of Phanastacoria

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u/National_Egg_9044 Oct 02 '22

OT and PT, forever Fuck the sequels Ong

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u/Yoda200799 Oct 02 '22

Solos just different

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u/nudeldifudel Oct 02 '22

One of these is not like the others.

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u/ReserveMaximum Oct 02 '22

Why is solo included but rogue one is not?

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u/Reaper_64 Pre Vizsla Oct 02 '22

Rogue One is there between tFA and tLJ, I put them in release order

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u/ahufana R2-D2 Oct 02 '22

Best: A New Hope
Worst: Solo

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u/That_Memer180 Oct 02 '22

Gotta go with return of the Jedi the happy ending as cheesy as it sounds

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u/plotdavis Oct 02 '22

If you get the first shot for TROS the same way you got it for the others it should be Mustafar. The one right now is hilarious

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u/joesphisbestjojo Oct 02 '22

ahem missing The Clone Wars

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u/Jordan_the_Hutt Oct 02 '22

Jedi is my favorite. You can't beat opening up on a deathstar and closing on a party where the ewoks definitely ATE THE STORMTROOPERS!

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u/KassXWolfXTigerXFox Oct 02 '22

Wait so the order is 4,5,6,1,2,3,7,RO,8,Solo,9?

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u/Reaper_64 Pre Vizsla Oct 02 '22

Release order so, yes

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u/KassXWolfXTigerXFox Oct 02 '22

Just making sure because I haven't actually seen Solo and that threw me off

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u/KassXWolfXTigerXFox Oct 02 '22

Going purely by the frames in this comparison image: Best opening is Ep3, best ending is Solo

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u/Whyspire Oct 02 '22

ROTS. I love Coruscant.

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u/Scottie2hhh Imperial Oct 02 '22

ESB 🤘

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u/SmoothOperator89 Oct 02 '22

NGL, Empire Strikes Back has the the most thematic opening and ending. Approach of the Empire then departure of the Alliance.

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u/niovi777 Oct 02 '22

the one with Anakin and Padme standing together and looking out on the horizon..it's just so beautiful♥

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u/Kaiserrr22 Oct 02 '22

Why do these make me emotional

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u/Specimen-B Rey Oct 02 '22

So, for Revenge of The Sith, we let the opening shot be the cool downward angle on the cruiser, which happens several frames after. But for TROS, we went super literal and are calling a blurry TIE zipping in the opening shot.

If this were applied fairly, then the opening shot for TROS would be the Star Destroyer silhouetted against Mustafar. You know, the shot that is the banner for this subreddit.

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u/KleptoTheManiac_ Obi-Wan Kenobi Oct 02 '22

The first shot in revenge of the sith is my favorite