Old Friends, New Enemies

Those who think the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader in the original Star Wars film needed some spicing up ought to take a look at this fantastic homage to the original Star Wars film, readers!

FXItInPost’s Sc 38 Reimagined Intercut with A New Hope 4K Release

4 thoughts on “Old Friends, New Enemies

  1. Speeding the film/making one person walk faster does not more tension add. The fight worked in the original, even though it was slow and one participant was an elderly man and one was fighting blind in a cumbersome costume, because we are totally invested in the characters and their situation. A cool project, but unnecessary (the critic sniffed haughtily)

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  2. I’m torn on this. On the one hand, yes it is pretty kinetic and action-packed. On the other…

    Well a big part of the original movie is that it SHOULD be a question of whether Obi-Wan or Vader could win the fight. It should feel like an open-ended question of who might be victorious. Heck the 4th ever grudge match (back in 1995 – man I feel so old) was a debate of “What if Kenobi really tried.”

    This remake ends up spoiling that in my opinion by making it seem like Kenobi is on the backfoot for most of the duel. That’s not a little thing to overlook. In his look at the Lion King remake, YMS goes into crazy detail about how little adjustments undercut the emotion and feeling of scenes and information conveyed. So I’m going to do that now.

    In SW, we are told that Kenobi is a great warrior. Leia is seeking him out with the Death Star plans in the hopes both will be key to rebellion victory. Darth Vader by this point in the film has been established as the “great warrior” of the Empire. Both have established themselves as masters of the Force as well. That’s why in the scene it is so important that Kenobi hold his own. If you make Vader too strong, too overwhelming in that fight, then you undercut the message & meaning of Kenobi as a hope for the rebellion. The audience is told “the rebels are fools and idiots for believing in this man – he could never have helped them win the day.”

    This then all ends up undoing what the ultimate climax of the film is striving for. The film pays off the goal of finding Kenobi by having Kenobi’s disciple, Luke, end up being the one who saves the day. In the original, Kenobi’s martyrdom is portrayed as a tactical “twist” which those who doubt or disbelieve in the Force cannot understand. This culminates in Kenobi’s voice tells Luke “use the Force” which leaves the possibility for the audience to wonder if Kenobi, now in a higher form, is directing and shepherding both his disciple and the torpedoes that ultimately blow up the Death Star. In losing that battle, it is hinted that Kenobi won the war.

    Changing the duel such that Vader dominates it makes that all harder for the audience to swallow because it is enforced through showing that Kenobi is a weak old man – that “strong in the Force” means nothing if your body is frail. If anything the audience is more likely to conclude that Kenobi needed to “ascend” in the Force just to get up to Vader’s level.

    I could go on but hopefully that will suffice. That’s what I often want to warn storytellers about. It’s easy to get caught up in what is “cool” and “awesome” but doing so can unwittingly end up undercutting your own message and theme.

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