Mark Hamill finally got his star on the Walk of Fame this past Thursday (Go Luke!) which I’m so happy about. It’s funny because I didn’t even realize Mark Hamill hadn’t obtained his star yet because I mean come on, it’s Luke Skywalker, of course he should have his star and it’s about time he’s gotten it. So today, to celebrate the momentous occasion, I’m sharing with you Luke’s Greatest Moments throughout all of the films he’s graced. Enjoy!
1. Staring at the Two Suns
A New Hope was the first Star Wars movie ever made and one of the most magical moments of the film is when Luke goes to stare at the binary sunset. It’s an iconic scene that highlights the true beginning of Luke Skywalker’s story and it always gives me chills every time I watch it. It’s all the more special after The Last Jedi but this scene is undoubtedly one of the many moments, for me at least, that made A New Hope such a wonderfully memorable movie.
2. Across the Gap
This scene is one of Luke’s first heroic moments and it really is a great part featuring the heroic farm boy. Every time I watched this scene when I was a child I was always fascinated by the fact that he got that grapple from his tool belt. I never thought to myself that his belt actually contained items. I just thought it was a part of the outfit so seeing that the accessory was actually full of useful tools was so cool to me. And that’s why this is one of my favorite Luke moments.
3. Destroying the Death Star
Of course this is one of Luke’s greatest moments because come on, he destroyed the Death Star! Just a few days before he was a farm boy who could only wish he could join the Rebel Alliance and become a galactic hero. That’s why this movie resonated with so many people of all different backgrounds, faiths, and races. It showed that all of us could be heroes in our own lives, all of us could be like Luke Skywalker, and it was a beautiful ending to an already fascinating modern version of a fairy tale.
4. Luke Force-Pulling the Lightsaber in Hoth Cave
Luke was already awesome but he came back in The Empire Strikes Back even greater because he was more mature and his ability with the Force was stronger. What’s magical about this scene is the fact that when this movie came out in 1980 no one had ever used the Force in the way that Luke did at that moment. Obi-Wan had performed a Jedi mind trick but no one had force-pulled anything to them before. And that’s why this scene is so perfect. Besides, seeing Luke save himself from the carnivorous ice monster, the Wampa, is just awesome.
5. Luke in the Carbonite Chamber
This is undoubtedly one of the best parts of The Empire Strikes Back because not only is it simply a perfectly choreographed duel but it’s also just visually enticing. It’s also an awesome scene because Luke actually held his own against Darth Vader. That’s impressive, most impressive. *grinning* He had no idea that the man clad in black before him was actually his father. That’s deep.
This is another one of those magical scenes in The Empire Strikes Back that makes Luke so incredible. He could’ve easily hung from the bottom of the Cloud City until he eventually lost strength and hope and fallen to his doom but the Force is such a powerful thing. In that desperate moment when he was truly alone the Force told him to call to Leia of all people and the amazing thing is, she heard it! That’s one of the deepest scenes in the movie and Luke was the orchestrater of that incredible scene.
7. The Entire Tatooine Sequence
When Luke returned in the Return of the Jedi he showed up with a bang. I mean the first thing he did was walked into Jabba’s palace dressed in black and choking Gamorrean Guards. Awesome! And the fact that he basically single-handedly took out Jabba and his gang is even greater. Luke Skywalker is such an awesome character and his evolution through the three original films is a blast to observe and this sequence proves that. Hopefully Rey will return in Episode IX as awesome as he did, or better.
8. Defying Palpatine
Like I said before, Luke is awesome and this scene highlights that fact. The way that Luke handled himself in the presence of the evil man was straight down Jedi-like. I literally struggle through the Return of the Jedi just to get to this end sequence of the movie, that’s how perfect it is.
And then, after he has Darth Vader at his mercy and it seems like he’s finally going to give in to hate, he doesn’t. He just looks at Palpatine with an expression of calm acceptance and tosses his saber away as he says to him, “Never. I’ll never turn to the dark side. You failed your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” Um, the word to describe that moment is, EPIC! LUKE IS SO AWESOME!
The ending of The Force Awakens is literally still one of my favorite, if not my favorite, scenes out of all of the Star Wars movies because it’s such a special ending to an already special movie. Not only is it incredible because the music is off the charts amazing and because it’s such a crucial moment in Rey’s journey but Luke brings such an air of mystique, magic, and wonder to that part that it makes this scene even more perfect.
Luke is a legendary character, Mark Hamill is an iconic actor, put the two together, best ending in Star Wars.
One of the greater Luke moments in The Last Jedi was exploring his daily activities and seeing the way he fishes is totally worthy of the awesomeness of Luke Skywalker. That scene, both times that I watched it, was incredible to say the least and it undoubtedly was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen Luke do.
11. The Entire Crait Sequence
First of all, this sequence allowed me the immense joy of seeing Luke and Leia together one last time which was of course an emotional scene for me. Because Carrie Fisher had died I was seriously hoping they had a scene together in the movie and to find out they did was not only incredible but under the tenseness of the dire situation it was even more impactful. Especially when you realize that he wasn’t even there. I’m totally shedding a tear the next time I see this scene.
Secondly, the showdown. I dreamed of a Luke/Kylo Ren duel but I would’ve never thought it would actually happen! Well it did and it was light years more epic than I could’ve ever imagined. Luke is the man! He’s been the greatest Jedi ever since Return of the Jedi and this scene only built on that fact. I love the the lack of empathy on his face. His expression makes Kylo Ren so angry and I can only gleefully watch. Where’s my popcorn?
And finally, Luke’s “death.” I didn’t know Luke was going to finally become one with the Force in The Last Jedi. I didn’t think Disney had the nerve to get rid of another iconic character so quickly. I mean they had just killed Han Solo! Wasn’t that enough? But after watching the movie twice I believe the end to Luke’s story, or more like the next stage of his journey, was the perfect way to end his involvement in the franchise. Yes, he can return as a ghost of course but he was done in the world of the living. I mean, he was literally waiting to die!
Rian Johnson made it where he wouldn’t be looked upon as a coward sitting on a planet somewhere for the rest of his sad existence. He made him the hero that he truly is and his sacrifice helped save the last remnants of the Resistance and inspire hope around the galaxy. If that’s not the perfect ending to Luke’s legacy I don’t know what is.
Luke is an inspiring character with great virtues and he is part of the reason why Star Wars is such a great franchise to this day. All of these moments highlight that and I’m glad to have been able to share them with you.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day. May the Force Be With You.