Apparently I was supposed to get this done by March 22nd – oops, I completely missed that note the first time I read through the post! I’ll be better next time.
First, thanks to Graphic Novelty2, I re-discovered the blog Anakin and His Angel. I remember I had it saved at some point on an old computer and then when I switched to Chrome, I think I lost it.
Anakin and His Angel does a monthly topic and invites other blogs to participate. I love this…I get to write my own blog post without thinking about a topic! Lazy me celebrates! (Except lazy me got in the way of getting it done on time…)
Most Emotional Scene in Star Wars
My vote for the most emotional scene has to go to Han getting put into carbonite.
I picked this scene for four reasons:
- Han’s vulnerability,
- Leia’s realization of love,
- Chewie’s anger and sense of helplessness,
- Lando’s regret,
- The music.
That’s a heck of a lot of emotion to pack into one scene!
Let’s start with Han’s vulnerability – this goes back to my assessment of his clothing choices throughout the trilogy. When he is stripped down to only that shirt, it’s not the Han we know and love. He is not cocky or over-confident, but instead vulnerable. Vulnerable is not a word we often associate with Han. He’s about to be put into carbonite and he has no idea if he’ll survive. That look on his face when he looks to Leia and Chewie before the steam rises…what is it? Sadness? Unspoken feelings? Despair? It’s something we don’t see on Han’s face very often.
Then we have the classic interchange between Han and Leia of, “I love you.” And “I know.” Who doesn’t enjoy those lines? We knew Princess Leia was hiding her feelings for Han during most of the movie but in this moment, she knows she has to say it. If she doesn’t say it, she will kick herself every moment afterwards. Watching her step forward with anguish on her face to tell Han those deeply personal words…I wouldn’t want to be in her position. She’s seeing the man she realized she loves being put into a situation where he might not live. And let’s not forget her moment of abject fear and disgust right before those moments when she looks over at Darth Vader. *shudders*
This scene is often overshadowed by Leia and Han’s exchange, but I think one of the most emotionally moving parts is Chewie’s scream when the carbonite takes effect. He starts off the scene by throwing Stormtroopers over the edge of the chamber in a last effort to save Han. Han calms him down by saying he has to look after “the Princess”. He acknowledges he might not live through this ordeal but is transferring Chewie’s life debt from Han to Leia. But this is not something Chewie wants to hear. Han was his best friend, the smuggler who saved him and to whom he owes a life debt. I’m sure Chewie thought that if Han ever died, he would go down screaming with him (though we saw how that played out). Instead he has to stand by helplessly in this whole scene, clinging to Leia until the deed is done and his roars are one of despair, anger, and frustration.
Lando, oh, Lando. The moments the camera is on him during this scene are few and far between. And when they do steal a moment to look at him, you have to watch closely. But you can see it. It’s there. The “What have I done? Was this the right thing?” look. He looks at Leia and Chewie and his thoughts are clear. I’m sure he’s feeling that deep uncertainty and regret…that gut feeling when you know you should not have made that deal. Too late now, buddy.
Finally, the music. Oh my gosh. I get goosebumps every time I hear the music by John Williams for this scene. Even when I’m not watching the scene and I’m only listening to the music, I get transported away to a tense place. Everything in me stops and I’m filled with emotions of dread and anxiety. I can’t concentrate on anything I do when hearing that music. It’s the cherry on top of this whole scene.
That, my friends, is why I think the carbonite scene is the most emotional. Hopefully I’ll get on my game faster next time and participate in ComLINKS before it expires.
What do you think is the most emotional scene? This can include Rebels, TCW, anything in the Star Wars universe!