Star wars took advantage of three separate trilogies, with previous installments completely reinventing what fans knew about the galaxy far afield and taking audiences into a new era. Much like the other films, each of these three additions to the franchise is visually stunning in its own way.
Each film contains many iconic shots, which were aided by impressive cinematography, expert blocking and structuring, wonderful visual and practical effects, and an incredible design in terms of color. These shots help tell crucial aspects of the story and without them the previous trilogy could be very different.
ten Mustafar Duel
This is categorically one of the best scenes in Revenge of the Sith and the climax of the trilogy. The duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar is incredibly intense. The setting of the volcanic planet is perfect for this bubbling fraternity.
This shot symbolizes rivalry, with the two almost at odds with the conflict itself as their weapons are taken out of the equation. They’re cast in shadows highlighting the dark turn Anakin takes, but the fiery patterns really add to the rage within each of them. It feels like a story as old as time and can be described through the simplicity of the silhouette.
9 The Sith Apprentice
The phantom menace Partly centers around the rise of incumbent Darth Maul who has an important role to play in the future of the franchise. He is part of the climactic duel on Naboo between Qui-Gon Jinn and his young Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This moment of combat is expertly choreographed and staged, pitting the two Jedi on either side of the Sith Warrior. Dressed in black, Maul is like a shadow as if he represents the ghost himself. His lightsaber artfully acts as a block between Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, foreshadowing the separation that will ultimately lead to the Master’s death. It’s a brilliant piece of visual storytelling.
8 Arena army
After Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padmé are captured on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones, they are put to a combat test in an arena full of terrifying beasts. Once the Jedi arrive as reinforcements, the start of the Clone Wars is truly one of bloody conflict.
This image shows what remains of the Jedi Order, surrounded on all sides by droids. It’s a shocking visual considering the Jedi have always seemed so powerful, with the lifeless, dry Geonosian sand seemingly representing the hopelessness of the situation. The colors of the lightsabers stand out against the backdrop as if they signify the few remaining knights shining a hopeful torch in the dark.
7 Command 66 on Felucia
Order 66 isn’t just one of the saddest moments in Revenge of the Sith but also one of the darkest events of Star wars traditions. There are plenty of beautiful shots that capture the violence unleashed by the orchestrated betrayal of the clones, but Aayla Secura’s death on Felucia is among the most surprisingly conceived.
The paradox of such a magnificent natural landscape with the imminent arrival of death and blood is striking but intentionally created. The image portrays the naivety but uncertainty of the Jedi, who could never have expected this turn, as the clones themselves ironically wear camouflage armor as if to conceal their true intentions.
6 A meeting on Naboo
Attack of the Clones allows romance to blossom between Anakin and Padmé and the backdrop of Naboo is the most elegant way to represent the fact that these two are falling in love. The beauty of nature has often been used as a symbolism of love.
In this almost mythical world, surprisingly enhanced by vivid colors and carefully crafted computer graphics, the duo have been placed right in the center, far from the conflict of the galaxy. It is clear to see from this image that it is a peaceful place; a place where they can think together about their important future.
5 The reincarnation of Vader
Revenge of the Sith is a crucial piece of Vader’s story as this is when the character makes his debut in the timeline of the Star wars chronology. The moment is iconic, as Anakin learns of his wife’s fate after he kills her.
The plane is surrounded by darkness, demonstrating the strength of the dark side of the Force. The Emperor is in the frame but blocked to the side as if he were manipulating events in the shadows. Disturbing robotics can be seen in the background, but the contrast of colors and smoke helped fully reveal Vader’s costume. It is a beautifully disturbing image.
4 The origins of Boba Fett
On the battle of Geonosis in Attack of the clones, pure clone Boba Fett loses his father thanks to the quick lightsaber work of Mace Windu. The loss sets the stage for Fett to become a bounty hunter himself, creating the origins of the dreaded character that fans know from the original trilogy.
This shot is therefore so important, because isolated from the rest of the war, Boba mourns the loss of his father by hanging on to the iconic Fett helmet. The death and destruction surrounding him only adds to the trauma of the event, with Boba fading into the shadows, consumed by the darkness that ultimately finds him working for Vader and the Empire.
Podracing is one of Anakin’s passions in The phantom menace and the race actually signifies one of the most compelling action sequences in the movie. This photo showcases CGI’s incredible work in creating a compelling Podracing competition.
The way the desert below is used to convey the speed of the chase is expertly crafted, as is the trash-shaped design of the Podracers themselves which reflects the well-known Star wars aesthetic. It’s also an exciting throwback to Tatooine, with the cinematographer making sure to include key landmarks in the background, including the iconic rock structures of the planet.
2 War against Kashyyyk
War is raging in Revenge of the Sith and Kashyyyk is used as a prime example of the destruction it can truly cause to peaceful civilizations. Kashyyyk would be a jaw-dropping planet if it weren’t for being drawn into the grunge and chaos of the raging Clone Wars.
This shot is certainly an important metaphor for the impact of the battle, as the tranquility of the Wookie Forests is disturbed by the battalions of clone troopers and droid troops waging war on the beaches below. The contrasts of lush greenery and army grays are a useful paradox, as is the sense of scale and scope.
1 Jar Jar’s house
Jar Jar Binks could be one of the most controversial characters of all Star wars, but there is no denying that his Otoh Gunga house is completely beautiful. The phantom menace allowed the public to travel to new parts of the galaxy, including the environmental planet of Naboo.
Beneath the waves lies a whole civilization that has been painstakingly created in the computer to look like magical orbs floating in the currents. The use of light is amazing here, standing out against the darkness of the sea itself. The inclusion of fish silhouettes only adds to the natural beauty and the architecture itself is quite unique.
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