It’s Monday so today we have a new interview at The Jedi Lounge, this time it’s with Hector Navarro (@Inquis_ector).
1. Which Star Wars movie did you see first?
The first Star Wars movie that I was was The Phantom Menace. After that, I asked my parents to buy me all 3 original movies. Episode 1, was the one that started all for me.
2. What Star Wars means to you?
I love Star Wars, the excitement that you get with every new release,. There are so many feeling now that are related to it in one way or another. I get nostalgic when I remember I watched the movies with my dad when I was young ( he passed away before episode 3 was released), but now I get to share my love with my nephews and that is priceless.
3. What’s your favorite part of the Star Wars saga and why? (it can be one of the six movies or even one of the tv shows)
The feeling of adventure and the escape it provides by taking you to another galaxy, meeting new planets and alien races. The depth of thestory and how you can apply many of its teachings in real life. Also, lightsabers, blasters, spaceships, clones!
4. If you wanted a subtitle for the Star Wars movies what would it be for you?
Star Wars: The Skywalkers’ Saga
5. How important do you think it was to have the Prequels telling this story of the rise and fall of Anakin, the fall of the Republic … and why do you think it was important to tell this story? For you, how does it connect to the First trilogy?
I think they were not just important but necessary; it completes the story full circle. Not just Anakin/Vader’s, but also the rise and fall of the Jedi, the fall of The Republic and rise of the Empire among many other. it takes the story of the originals and provides a backstory that elevates them to another level.
It is no longer just the story of a farm boy that destroys an evil Empire, but the Saga of a family that started tragically but was redeemed by the end.
There are many ideas exposed by the Prequels that have now become part of the culture, like the terms Sith and Padawan (never mentioned in the OT), the universe got much bigger when the Prequels enter the picture.
6. What do you think of Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman’s performances in the Prequel trilogy for their respective roles?
Hayden’s performance is underrated, he portrays young Anakin that is vulnerable, insecure and hungry for power with an air of immaturity given that he never had the time to grow up as a normal person. Favorite scene with Hayden would be when he confesses his sins to Padme after failing to rescue his mother in time.
Natalie Portman had to play 3 characters in this trilogy and she did it wonderfully, the powerful but sad ruler, the young senator trying to make a difference but always ready for action and the secret wife that discovers the life she dreamed is never going to happen. Favorite scene displaying her acting abilities is the “you’re breaking my heart!” scene.
Ewan is my favorite of this trio, he deliver every line with Alec Guinness’ elegance but he also make the character of young Obi-Wan his own. He was funny, charming and heartbreaking (“you were the chosen one!”). Favorite Scene of his? There are too many, I can’t decide.
7. Do you think starting the Star Wars story with Anakin as a boy was a good choice and why?
George Lucas idea for starting with Anakin as a child and not a young Jedi with a penchant for the Dark Side was that he wanted to show the idea that people are not born evil, that circumstances and life’s decisions shapes a person’s life. I agree with him, this is far more interesting a story than just have Anakin killing the Jedi for 3 movies.
8. What’s your view on the use of CGI, Practical Effects and how they fit into a story? Do you think the special effects were at the service of the story in the Prequel movies?
Without the CGI technology that emerged at the time there was no way Lucas could have made this movies. The time were the story is taking place demanded the universe to be larger. It is unfair to compare the quality of CGI special effects to what is now playing on theaters, these movies were pioneers of the technology.
I am less concerned on which type of paint Picasso used to create his masterpieces, I prefer to concentrate on their beauty and the feelings they provoke on me, this is my stance on CGI vs Practical, these are just tools for the filmmakers to make the impossible possible. I know The Force Awakens special effects will be top of the line, but in time they will also feel dated, as those in the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy. Do they become bad movies because of that? No.
9. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in the Prequels and why?
The kid in me would say seeing the Jedi in all their might, but the story of the fall Anakin Skywalker is the heart of the story, seeing how his decisions changed the course of his life and compare them to the decisions his son will make in the future is fascinating.
10. Do you think it was important to tell the story of The Clone Wars and do you think animation was the right medium to tell it?
Episode 1 was my vehicle into Star Wars fandom and The Clone Wars is the vehicle for other generation of fans, old and young. If you think of great stories like The Lord of the Rings, the lore, the mythology and history are an essential part of what makes them great. The Clone Wars does that for Star Wars, it continues expanding the universe after the prequels and are seminal to countless stories, some yet to be told. Animation was the only way to bring these stories to life, animation helps you create something that would be impossible in any other medium unless you had the time and the budget to do it.
11. What impact did The Clone Wars leave on the six movies for you? How did it change your way of watching the six movies?
The greatest impact it had was in providing the Clone Troopers with a personality but it also expanded on our concept of The Force, the life of the Bounty Hunters, Pirates and others. One of the best examples for the need of The Clone Wars is Yoda’s arc from season six, this was the bridge connecting the great warrior and leader from the Prequels to the spiritual Jedi Master on the Original Trilogy.
12. What’s your favorite aspect of the story in The Clone Wars and why?
My favorite aspect is seeing Ahsoka Tano from for the insecure Padawan trying to prove her worth to the Padawan leading squads of Clone Troopers to victory in many battles.
13. George Lucas said about the six movies “It’s ONE movie and it’s meant to be seen I through VI.” Do you agree with this statement and why?
I completely agree. This is the story of Anakin’s fall and redemption and this story is meant to be seen from beginning to end. You cannot understand why the monster that was Darth Vader had some good in him that allowed his son to rescue him from the Dark Side without seeing his backstory. The six movies show you the path Anakin followed from fear to suffering.
14. How do you feel concerning the promoting of The Force Awakens in a kind of Prequel hate atmosphere (I’m especially making reference to what happened on SDCC this year)?
I am saddened that they had to use that as a marketing strategy to bring old fans in. I think it was a misguided approach they took, the allow themselves to be swayed by the hive mind of prequel hate that used to be the norm on the net. Thankfully, I can see that is changing, and the movie will inevitably have to reference the prequel trilogy in some way.
15. Final question: What is your level of anticipation for the upcoming Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens?
From a level of 1-10? I would say my anticipation count is off the charts!