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Anakin’s Last Words
There were a couple of moments that were frustrating in Return of the Jedi. One that was considered was Luke and Leia’s talk about them being siblings. Leia’s reaction that she always knew and her previous talk about her mother has never sat really well with me.
She learns that Luke is her brother, which means Darth Vader is her father and then just kind of reacts with a look and then tells Luke to run away. If someone told me my father was a mass murder, my reaction would be much more than just a concerned look.
Anyway, that clunky exchange isn’t the most frustrating for me. It’s the scene where Anakin is revealed and speaks to Luke. Even as a youngling, watching this scene left me feeling a bit empty.
Anakin doesn’t even apologize. He just tells Luke to tell his sister he was right. What kind of thing is that to say? How about hey I’m sorry for killing millions of people and falling to the Dark Side. I’m also sorry for not being there for you and your sister and being the reason your mother is dead? Oh, and I took a huge part in the fall of the Jedi as well. It seemed like a selfish declaration and actually after seeing how Anakin acts in the prequels it kind of fits his character as he is quite arrogant.
Anakin didn’t have a lot of time left, but to me a brief apology followed by something about Luke continuing the legacy of the Jedi, or even a simple “May the Force Be With You” would’ve all been better than “Tell your sister you were right about me.” Return of the Jedi is actually my favorite film in the saga, but this is a moment that has never felt right for me, and will continue to frustrate upon future viewings.