Stuff You Like: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Part 2/3)

More on Anakin, Padme, Han, Leia, how to write a convincing love story, and being able to buy characters’ chemistry, and why Ewan McGregor don’t care.

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  1. Speaking of body language and apropos of nothing – you may want to check out Wakfu, the French animated series. Despite having an at best shaky plot, that show manages to nail body language in a very big way, especially when it comes to affection and romance. I don’t know if an English dub of it exists – there was a kickstarter for one – but you generally don’t need dialogue to figure out the “tone” of a scene. It’s honestly some of the better examples of this that I can think of off-hand.

  2. Please, stop talking about attack of the clones! we get that it sucks, and the romance in empire strikes back is way better, but that’s all that is needed to say. Empire strikes back is the best movie in the series, and I seriously hope that you talk more about it. Making the whole video about the attack of the clones, and only closing saying that empire strikes back does it way better is just dumb.

  3. Good points. How long did you torture yourself by watching the prequels to prepare for these videos? I’m guessing enough so that you never have to watch the prequels again for the rest of your life.

    Thanks for the video. Now I’ll never have to watch the prequels again for the rest of my life. 😀

  4. I’ve always been sympathetic to the Anakin/Padme relationship because of aspects that were similar to those of my first marriage (I met my first wife when I was 16 and she was 25).

    But yeah, Anakin was creepy as written/directed by Lucas. And trying to figure out his motivations in relation to my personal experiences reminded me most of how I looked at love/sex when I was about 9. I knew I had feelings, but I didn’t totally understand them or how to express them.

    That being said, Padme’s willingness to be the object of his confused affection is even stranger. I’ve always chalked this aspect up to the fact that Lucas isn’t good at writing women (he seems to be of the Melvin Udall school of writing from “As Good as It Gets”). Lusas’ writing works best when filtered through a different director with actors who are good at their craft.

  5. Wait, Keira Knightly was in Star Wars?

    *One Google search later*

    Huh… Keira Knightly was in Star Wars!

  6. MidnightScreeningsman2014

    Since you spent time talking 8 minutes (counting both 2 parts) i was thinking that you could have spent one entire revenge of the sith episode talking about padme and anakin in one part while still mentioning that revenge of the sith exists (it’s your chocie but I’m just saying you could hwve done that). Interesting parts so far and i like how you brought up the ageing in these films (it confuses me too!)

  7. I know nothing about romance but your arguments make a lot of sense. Also, I forgot that Keira Knightly was in Star Wars. Maybe that’s why I almost always confuse her with Natalie Portman.

  8. Every time you talk about the Padme and Anakin relationship, I can’t help but think of Plinkett’s review of The Attack of the Clones, especially concerning his “Love and Marriage” and “Love Me, Please” sections. Every time you cut back to the “I don’t think she liked me looking at her,” clip, I hear in my mind an annoying WRONG buzzer with a caption of “Weird, Creepy Comments”.

    • I take back everything I said about the guy. George Lucas, I present to you the [completely and utterly understands everything about women] trophy. You earned it, my friend.

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