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Whoa!Let’s just bypass all the fluff and riga-ma-roll and jump right into it. This shouldn’t be a SPOILER, since they’ve shown this iconic character in a number of film trailers, but if it is – I sincerely apologize. But now that I think about it, if you weren’t aware he was in the film, then you’re probably not a die hard Star Wars fan and so it probably doesn’t matter anyways? But let me just dive and state for the record, that this Darth Vader Star Wars portrayal was EASILY the best we have EVER seen him.
First, the premise of the show, if you didn’t already know, was basically a small band of rebels, teaming together to try and pull of essentially the heist of the century, and steal the plan to Empire’s super weapon, the Death Star. We know from the very first Star Wars IV: A New Hope, that the rebels, led by Luke Skywalker manage to exploit that weakness in the Death Star’s construction and destroy it. This victory was made possible, by the events we see unfold in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
We also know, from the very beginning of Star Wars IV, that the film opens up with Princess Leia and the rebels, trying to outrun, Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer. Leia’s ship is captured, but before they are apprehended, she uploads the plans to the Death Star into R2-D2 and then sends both R2 and C-3PO in an escape pod to the planet Tatooine below, to which begins our long and exciting adventure with Luke and Co.
There you have it. Current situation in a nutshell. I won’t go into as to how the entire Rogue One story unfolded, as a LOT of things went down, but I will add a few links here to favorable reviews which I totally agree with:
This Darth Vader Star Wars Portrayal that I experienced in the theaters, left my jaw agape in utter amazement. I literally, sat, in stunned silence at the conclusion of the film, after witnessing DARTH VADER FINALLY RISE to level of magnificence that we all knew resided at, but never really saw. Let me explain….
We know that Anakin Skywalker (A.K.A. Darth Vader) is supposedly like the greatest, baddie, Sith Lord ever. He is the supposedly one of the most potent users of the force in the galaxy. Yes? Can we agree on that?
HOWEVER, for me, Darth Vader has always been sort of ‘ho-hum’. I mean, we’re TOLD that he is the baddest, but maybe the only time we REALLY saw this, was when he and Luke Skywalker fought at Bespin, the Cloud City, in The Empire Strikes Back. That for me, was probably the best fight scene between he and Luke of the entire series. They had a big final fight in The Return of the Jedi, but the fight in The Empire Strikes Back was much more drawn out and overall much better.
In 1999, we got Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (which I hated), however, we were given probably the greatest fight sequence of all the Star Wars series – the duel between Darth Maul (Sith), Obi-Wan (Jedi) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi)
This for me was the best of the best when it came to light saber and force dueling between Jedi and Sith, and for me, anyways, it solidified Darth Maul as at least one of the most EXCITING and DYNAMIC Sith combatants around.
But Still, we were led to believe that Anakin (A.K.A Darth Vader) was the greatest of all.
This never sat well with me. I LIKED DARTH VADER….a LOT! Don’t get me wrong. But they never let him live completely up to the hype in the films, until that is….we were given maybe 2 minutes in the tail end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. HOLY SHIT!!!
We see Lord Vader earlier in the film, but it’s nothing compared to the final minutes of the show.
Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor manage to beam the plans of the Death Star off the planet and to a waiting Rebel Starship in orbit. The Death Star ‘arrives’ and subsequently eliminates the entire Imperial base, including what’s left of our heroic rebels on the surface.
Darth Vader, then arrives, and makes his way to the Rebel starship, to re-capture the plans to the Death Star.
He boards the ship. The Rebels, are ready for him. Vader appears in one of the ship’s corridors and the Rebels open fire.
What we are then BLESSED with, is THE GREATEST SINGLE, DARTH VADER STAR WARS moment in the history of the series. It gives me chills even recalling the masterful display of the force from this most awesome of Sith Lords.
Darth Vader, at what I refer to as ‘The Vader-gait’, then proceeds to deflect every blaster bolt thrown his way with either his light saber or hand, and at the same time either deflects bolts back at the Rebels or uses his powerful command of the force to throw bodies right and left, or crush the life out of them. As he closes ground, he brings his saber to bear, slashing to and fro, cutting down hapless Rebels in his wake.
The Rebels are desperately trying to get the tape, containing the plans to the Death Star out of this corridor of ‘death’ before Vader gets to them, and eventually slip it out of a seam in the bulkhead door. Vader is just seconds too late as the Rebels ferry the plans to Princess Leia on her ship, and speeds away.
THE GREATEST 2 OR 3 MINUTES OF DARTH VADER STAR WARS CARNAGE EVER CAPTURED ON FILM!!!
And that, ladies and gents is where I will end it!
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began its domestic box office marathon yesterday with a whopping $71 million Friday gross. That includes $29m in Thursday grosses, which is the biggest “preview” figure of 2016. As for the actual $71.072m Friday number, it’s the third-biggest of the year behind Captain America: Civil War ($75m) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($81m) [Forbes]