So, the juggernaut that is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is finally starting to show signs of slowing down. This past weekend, for the first time since it was released, it was not the number one movie at the box office. None the less, the Star Wars franchise chugs on, demolishing everything in it’s path.
Part of the reason the latest installment to the franchise has been such a success is because of how favorably it compares to the prequel trilogy. Let’s just say fans weren’t too thrilled by episodes 1, 2, and 3. However, a video making the rounds on the internet the last couple of days (already 5 million views in less than a week) is supposedly making even the most avid of Star Wars fans reconsider their opinions of the prequel trilogy. It’s even bringing some fans to literal tears.
For the Star Wars neophytes out there, this video is an edit of Obi Wan from the original trilogy detailing Anakin Skywalker’s death to his son, Luke. Edited in between are events from the prequel series that Obi Wan is referencing. What’s truly amazing about this scene is that the actor who played Obi Wan, the great Sir Alec Guinness, doesn’t even know exactly what happened to Anakin (as the prequels were obviously made decades after the original) yet the amount of regret and guilt he expresses on his face are astounding.
Honestly, as an average dude whose pretty neutral on the whole Star Wars phenomena, even I found this video moving. At the very least, it is an opportunity to appreciate some legendary acting.
P.S. The music in this video is from the score of the greatest show currently on TV: HBO’s The Leftovers.