The summer of 2015 greeted me with the horrifying realisation that my girlfriend had never seen any of the Star Wars films! It became my mission for us to sit down together and rewatch all of the iconic classics. True to proper form, we started with A New Hope and worked our way through to Revenge of the Sith. We finished just in time for the release of The Force Awakens in December 2015!
After completing the original trilogy of A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, I felt a strong feeling of nostalgia. The depiction of iconic scenes and characters, although slightly dated, still brought on the same feelings I remember having during childhood viewings! There are definitely too many to choose from, but here are my most nostalgic and enjoyable moments from the original Star Wars trilogy!
These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For…
Ok, so there are a tonne of awesome characters you could name from the Star Wars universe, but for me, it doesn’t get much better than everyone’s favourite droid double act. As both R2D2 and C3PO remain prevalent throughout all 6 films, I used to always love watching their antics onscreen. C3PO may be awkward, clumsy and pessimistic at time, but he’s always got R2D2 to push him back in the right direction. I used to love, and still do love, the way they interact with each other and how they are the become the biggest heroes throughout the entire film saga.
The X-Wing Rises
If there’s anything that’s lacking in the original trilogy it is the amount of Jedi badassery that is prevalent in the Star Wars prequels. There’s an awkward fight scene between Ben Kenobi and Vader during A New Hope, yet what we really needed was some true lightsaber and force abilities. Admittedly there is plenty of force lightening and force choking from Vader and The Emperor, yet pulling the X Wing out of the Dagobah swamps is still one of my most nostalgic moments. It might be fuelled by the relief of escaping the convoluted Dagobah training sequences, but nonetheless, a pretty awesome moment!
It’s A Trap!
For me, this is possibly one of the most conflicting moments in the original Star Wars trilogy! Amidst the drama of the Rebel fleet approaching a shielded Death Star, a giant squid starts proclaiing that ‘It’s A Trap!’. It did kill the dramatic moment for me slightly, although at the same time, I wouldn’t want it to be taken out of the film. It is iconic in its own special way and makes Admiral Ackbar an unforgettable part of Return of the Jedi!
I Am Your Father!
All it takes is 4 words to create one of the most iconic lines in movie history. The revelation that Darth Vader is indeed Luke Skywalker’s father is definitely one of my favourite film moments of all time. The music, the reaction from Luke and the meaning this has for the rest of the Star Wars films is what makes this scene so iconic. It still gives me a weird kind of goosebumps that not many other films are able to achieve. This quotation rounded off a perfect Empire Strikes Back film and is a huge nostalgia rush!
The all-to-familiar sounds of John William’s Star Wars themes and the iconic Imperial March are what really brings the universe to life. However, out of all the fantastic pieces of the original Star Wars soundtrack hearing the Cantina Band tune is what gives me the biggest wave of nostalgia. Hearing that song takes me back to all those iconic scenes when we first meet Han Solo and he has his run-in with Greedo! The song also takes me back to the hours spent on Star Wars Battlefront 2!
(Added on 27/11/2016) If you’re getting all nostalgic for the upcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story here’s a soundtrack snippet to get you in the mood! The upcoming soundtrack instalment will be scored by Alexander Desplat, the composer from films such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!
I feel as though five nostalgic moments from the original Star Wars films does not do them justice… maybe I will add an additional five moments one day! With plenty of new Star Wars films being released over the next few years, it has never been a better time to get nostalgic about the old films. What moments are your favourite from the original Star Wars films? Which new film are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments below!