Star Wars is filled with plenty of incredible moments and some of those moments don’t belong to scenes packed with action but instead the simple art of dialogue. Dialogue is sometimes the most magical and memorable moment in a Star Wars film and there are surprisingly a lot of dialogue-driven scenes that helps bind the movies together in simple but concise ways. So I’m going to share with you my favorite conversations in Star Wars. Enjoy! 🙂
15. Yoda’s Death
One of my favorite moments in Return of the Jedi is when Luke went to see Yoda again because of the profound and riveting dialogue between the ancient master and apprentice. Yoda tells Luke that he is dying but not to fret, for that is the way of the Force. Then Luke asks Yoda if Darth Vader really is his father which shines a light on how deeply pivotal that moment in the previous movie was. For years he had been hoping that the dark lord had been telling a lie but to find out that indeed he was Vader’s son was a horrific truth. And then at the end of this incredible scene Yoda tells him that there’s another Skywalker out there somewhere before becoming one with the Force. Um…that’s awesome. Even though I already knew that Luke and Leia were brother and sister by the time I watched the original trilogy this scene still felt very impactful.
14. The Spark Lives
While The Last Jedi had its mistakes and annoyances one thing it definitely had in abundance was fabulous dialogue and this scene was one of many of those lovable moments for me. As Poe realizes that Luke is sacrificing himself to save the Resistance he knows what his new job must be, finding a way for the Resistance to survive, and it’s just such a fun scene to watch as he banters with C-3PO and figures out the “crystal critters” are trying to lead them to safety. Love it.
13. Maz Kanata Consoles Rey
Yoda was the wise, miniscule alien that helped Luke understand the Force and Maz was that character for Rey as she told Rey about the Force and the path that she was being given a chance to take. It’s one of my favorite parts in The Force Awakens because it feels so nostalgic to the original trilogy. I hope Maz returns in Episode IX with a better role than she was given in The Last Jedi.
12. Luke Learns About the Force
The first Star Wars movie I was introduced to was The Phantom Menace but a lot of Star Wars fans’ first experience with the franchise was A New Hope and so technically this scene was the first time the concept of the Force was mentioned and it was magical. This scene is clearly my favorite dialogue moment in A New Hope.
11. The Truth About the Force
The Force Awakens was driven more by its action than its dialogue but this scene is undoubtedly one of the most magical scenes in the movie as Han tells Rey and Finn of the lost Luke Skywalker, the boy who destroyed the new Jedi Order (Kylo Ren,) and that the Force was real. This scene is so important to Han’s evolution throughout his involvement in the franchise because for a long time Han didn’t really believe in the powers of the Force. To see that he had come full circle and was now speaking of it in a non-condescending way is just incredible and really imbues the scene with a magic that helped make The Force Awakens such a great movie.
10. Kylo Ren Has An Audience With Supreme Leader Snoke
One of the things I was super excited about seeing in The Last Jedi was Snoke and Kylo coming face to face and this scene was perfect. Snoke berated Kylo relentlessly and then when he tells Kylo the ugly truth that he’s just a child in a mask it always makes me smile because it’s such a turning point for Kylo Ren. This is a great scene.
9. Changing Perceptions
Besides the obvious fact that this scene draws attention because of Kylo Ren’s surprising bod this is one of my favorite moments in The Last Jedi because it’s the scene where Rey’s view of Kylo Ren changes tremendously. Back and forth they continue to play their little dance of deflect (that’s Kylo Ren) and spat (that’s Rey) and then Kylo just up and tells her what happened the night everything went upside down. We learn that Kylo was supposedly going to be murdered by his own uncle in his sleep and our view of him is instantly altered as he becomes a victim rather than the villain. The Last Jedi didn’t rely on action and instead focused on conversations between characters to propel the movie forward and it was kind of awesome.
8. Obi-Wan Tells Padme a Horrifying Truth
Revenge of the Sith is packed full with riveting moments and this is easily one of the most memorable scenes in the film as Obi-Wan Kenobi is tasked with the difficult job of telling Padme Amidala what has happened to Anakin. The horror on Padme’s face and the anguish on Obi-Wan’s makes this one of the more emotional scenes in the movie and then, as Obi-Wan turns to her and realizes that Anakin is the father of her unborn children, the scene hits a dark tone that perfectly coalesces with the heartbreaking music John Williams specifically composed for that scene. This scene has brought tears to my eyes as a child many times and it stills covers me in goosebumps whenever I watch it.
7. Obi-Wan Confronts Jango Fett
This is one of the best scenes in Attack of the Clones because it’s practically a verbal fist fight between Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and hired bounty bunter, Jango Fett as they both try to cross-examine each other. They banter back and forth until eventually the verbal duel comes to a close with neither man being the clear victor and it’s just fascinating.
6. A Verbal Showdown on the Crait Battlefield
Kylo Ren obviously wanted to kill his former master, Luke Skywalker, but when he couldn’t he resorted to talking and it’s positively one of the most emotionally riveting moments in The Last Jedi. Kylo Ren spats in Luke’s face about destroying him, the Last Jedi, and Luke calmly tells him how wrong he is, for the Jedi and the Resistance are going to live through Rey. Kylo Ren becomes an emotional wreck and tries to finish off his master once and for all just to discover that Luke is just a mirage. Oh, this scene is sooo good. I love it! 🙂
5. Darth Vader’s Infamous Bombshell
After the incredible lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader through the hallways of the Cloud City it didn’t seem like the scene could get any better and then Vader began trying to get Luke to join him to the dark side. It’s a mesmerizing play of using dialogue to slowly build up to a shocking conclusion that dropped the mic on the world and transported the Star Wars franchise into legendary status. Sometimes two people having a simple conversation is better than any lightsaber duel.
4. A Tense Conversation
After the action-packed events of the conflict on Eadu the rebels are heading back to Yavin 4 defeated in more ways than one. Jyn has lost her father and she’s furious because here was Cassian who she thought was her friend and instead he betrayed her trust. She and Cassian begin arguing and the scene is imbued with a riveting tenseness that helped make the movie that much better. By the end of the scene the both of them have been dealt mental blows but their companionship has only grown that much tighter. I love this scene. 🙂
3. A Three-Way Showdown
The best section of The Last Jedi for me is the entire sequence that takes place in Snoke’s throne room because it’s just so riveting. There isn’t too much dialogue that is shared between the three characters, Snoke, Rey, and Kylo Ren. In fact, Snoke basically talks through the whole scene but that’s why it’s so great. As he commentates his own death I can’t help but smile every time as the moment escalates and reaches the shocking twist I could’ve never expected; Snoke’s death. Dialogue is used in this scene like action points in a suspenseful lightsaber duel and that’s why I had to place this as #3 on my list.
2. The Fall of Anakin Skywalker Begins
This is hands down my favorite conversation in Revenge of the Sith because it sets the dark tone for the rest of the film in a perfect subtle-but-not-so-subtle way. As Palpatine tells the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise I can’t help but watch that scene in quiet disbelief. I mean, RED ALERT Anakin! He’s telling you a story about a Sith Lord! That means he’s clearly evil. How did Anakin not see that? Yeah, he was definitely blinded by the dark side. And the end of the conversation is my favorite part. Here it is.
Chancellor Palpatine: ” He [Darth Plagueis] was so powerful. The only thing he was afraid of was losing his power which eventually of course he did. Unfortunately, he taught his apprentice everything he knew and then his apprentice killed him in his sleep. Ironic, he could save others from death…but not himself.”
Anakin: “Is there any way possible to learn this power?”
Chancellor Palpatine: “Not from a Jedi.”
*shudder* That’s brilliant writing as this scene perfectly sets up the impending fall of Anakin Skywalker and the rise of Emperor Palpatine. I love it.
1. Yoda’s Teachings
I remember watching this scene as a child and being absolutely fascinated as Yoda told Luke about the Force and how it imbued and surrounded all living things. Here he was, this little green puppet leaning on a cane, talking to this young man filled with life and vibrancy and yet there was this wisdom about him that made him so believable. I still watch this scene with as much awe as I used to as a child and that’s why I love Yoda so much. He’s awesome.
So, these are my fifteen favorite conversations in Star Wars. There are plenty more that I could’ve chosen from but these were just the best to me. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I had writing it and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day and May the Force be with you.