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Desc:The most impressive fight choreography of the series, no matter what you might think of the film.
Category:Classic Movies
Tags:Star Wars, 90s, darth maul, obi-wan, qui-gon
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Comment count is 66
SolRo - 2007-09-22
I liked the film as a whole, despite some of the annoying parts.

Stuff like this makes up for the kid themed parts.

garcet71283 - 2007-09-22
Agree with the poster. Although -1 star for reminding me of what could-have-been, given that this is a version that editted out all the Jar-Jar and Anakin non-sense.
Meatsack Jones - 2007-09-22
I loved these scenes as well.

However, -1 on the same grounds, and an additional -1 for Jar Jar as I cannot express my distaste enough for that lame character.

...and yes I know the rating systems usage, so bugger off.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2007-09-22



Meatsack Jones - 2007-09-22
Still had to subtract on principle. The movies may have had their moments, but in the end, they stunk.

yoyo1 - 2007-09-22
As awesome as this sequence was, by the time the film arrived there I was so disgusted that I couldn't honestly apreciate it for its merits :(

Knaaks - 2007-09-22
Almost makes me want to watch the movie again. It's good to see a fight scene where you can actually tell what's going on and that doesn't uses a wobbly-ass camera and cuts every half a second.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2007-09-22
Precisely. This is right on the verge of when they realized that they didn't need to try anymore.

zatojones - 2007-09-22
Yeah this was pretty awesome.
biclops - 2007-09-22
Corn on... the cob.
Corn on... THE KABOB!
Stopheles - 2007-09-22
Great choreography, indeed, but I felt let down by the fact that THIS Sith had to resort to kung-fu shenanigans. I'm much more fond of the body language of Vader in his duel with Luke in EMPIRE -- he's in complete control, doesn't even look like his pulse is raised. Maul doesn't look like he could choke someone out while talking to them on a video screen...

This is the best scene in any of the prequels. Great pacing.
Pacobird - 2007-09-22
Not to get all beardy, but if not one but two dudes are coming at you with lightsabers, you're not realistically going to be able to just dodge everything. He's using his lightsaber primarily to parry, and kicking to throw them off-balance so he can actually attack with the saber.

God, I'm a nerd.

Pacobird - 2007-09-22
Also, my favorite part of this has always been the obi-wan feint at -4:45. It's just this nice little touch that shows the two of them had fought together a lot before, and know how to read each other.

takewithfood - 2007-09-22
Yeah, but how pissed off would you be if they wrote in a Sith Lord who made Vader look like a wimp? The fact that Maul resorts to crazy wushu stuff and dirty tactics just makes Vader that much cooler by comparison, and I imagine its intentional. Kudos to Ray Park.

Big Name Celebrity - 2008-08-05
AND the ~point~ of Vader is that he has enough power to bend the galaxy to his master's will even as a quadruple amputee. Maul was never meant to be on the same level. At the end of the day, Maul was just a stopgap measure while Sidious laid the groundwork to headhunt the real up-and-comer.

I have a whole rant about this BUT I CONTROL THE BEARD IT DOES NOT CONTROL ME and I'll stop here.

yoyo1 - 2007-09-22
Although this fight is great, I'm not 100% satisfied with the new direction the jedi fights have been given in the new trilogy. Too much useless jumps and martial arts stances. In the old trilogy they were more sober and posed, I know they were all supposed to be aging jedis and there was no more fresh blood, but they didn't look like kung fu fighters like today.
yoyo1 - 2007-09-22
Woops, posted at the same time than stopheles.

Meatsack Jones - 2007-09-22
I thought that myself. While I could see the bad guys kicking, punching, and biting, I expected good jedi to be more classical in their approach.

zatojones - 2007-09-22
I chalk that up to the old order of Jedis being more capable and practiced. By the time of A New Hope there weren't many Jedi left and they were scattered, so it sort of follows that they're kind of rusty. Anyway, Luke did some jumpy type shit too like when he did flips with Yoda on his back and leapt out of the carbonite freezing chamber while fighting Vader.

mr666 - 2007-09-22
Wow. Ever think maybe you might be overthinking this a bit?

Desidiosus - 2008-07-15
Not that you have to worry that much.. there ain't gonna be any more movies.

William Burns - 2007-09-22
-1 for lens flare. C'mon, guys! Even in 1999, you shoulda known better.
Cheese - 2007-09-22
Dude, John Knowles was the effects supervisor, he literally invented lens flares, I'm shocked the entire movie isn't one two hour long lens flare.

PS - i prefer the obi wan/anikin fight, but this one is impressive too.

coprolalia - 2007-09-22
Exactly. It's not nearly as bad as the rest of the movie, but it's still the cinematic equivalent of a dragon shirt.
futurebot - 2007-09-22
Is there some reason why Obi-Wan couldn't have just used the light saber to break the thing that generates the force fields, instead of trying to cut through the force fields themselves? JUST SAYIN
mr666 - 2007-09-22
This fight scene is pretty damn cool, too bad every other part of Phantom Menace sucked.
Dr. Lobotomy - 2007-09-22
Anyone notice the ironic parallel of how Obi Wan defeats Maul and how Anakin gets owned doing the exact same thing two movies later?

High Ground my ass, Anakin just sucked ass.
fireplug - 2007-09-22
I would strongly like to second your comment! I mean "here here!"

Bebido - 2007-09-22
Oh Obi-Wan, You're my only hope!
dorje - 2007-09-22
Not rating, because the entertainment value is matched by the terrible terrible assumption that gymnastics, and wasting opportunities to strike (with an energy weapon) by twirling around, in any way enhance a sword-fight. Also seconding the comment that not enough architectural damage was involved. I expect these people to be smarter, or at least more aware of their options, given that they can apparently move objects with their minds.
halon - 2007-09-22
does it hurt when you trip over your beard?

Frostilicus - 2007-10-03

Scrotum H. Vainglorious - 2007-09-22
Now I have to watch the StarWars kid video
Keefu - 2007-09-22
All the old lightsabre fights were based off of samurai movies, which is why they're slower and more still, etc.

I'm not sure what the fuck Lucas was drawing on for the super-hyper fights in the prequels, but they're not nearly as good. Instead of fights they become glitzy light and sound spectacles. This is one is still pretty good though, but it didn't save the rest of the movie.
Harveyjames - 2007-09-22
I like almost everything about this movie except the shitty, shitty, script. I've got a fan-edit that misses out most of Jar-Jar and all the Midiclorian rubbish, it's pretty enjoyable. The whole Tattooine segment is really watchable, and the costumes, design and cinematography throughout are great- probably because everyone involved thought they were working on the greatest movie since the first Star Wars.
garcet71283 - 2007-09-22
I would love to get ahold of one of those fan-edits. I've been meaning to do it myself, but I haven't had the time.

don piano - 2007-09-22
cheesy star trek television level makeup, egregious OSHA violation set design, and fight choreography written up by a ballet director
Mike Tyson?! - 2007-09-22
Exactly what I was going to say.

Harveyjames - 2007-09-22
I dunno, I think Darth Maul looks much cooler than anything on Star Trek.

Adramelech - 2007-09-22
hurf blurf this isn't the way real people would fight in outer space with magical laser swords

Hey guys, it's a sci-fi movie.
Big Name Celebrity - 2008-08-05
God bless you and your loved ones, sir.

halon - 2007-09-22
The phantom edit really should be the only version of this movie that ever existed.
mouser - 2007-09-22
Someone should do a montage and bring the General Grevious fights along with this.
Meatsack Jones - 2007-09-22
Yuck. Again, a droid who coughs. Lame.

coprolalia - 2007-09-22
Shrill beardery: Grievous is a cyborg, not a drooooid!

He was half decent in the Clone Wars cartoon because he could be seen slaying Jedi en masse. Note to George Lucas: characters are interesting when they DO THINGS, not when they talk about the things they did.

ghostdad - 2007-09-22
jar jar is awesome, fags
anakin, not so much
StanleyPain - 2007-09-22
This shit rocked. Then we get the "epic" battle between Obi Wan and Vader which was just a lot of CGI horseshit.
EvilHomer - 2007-09-22

While this fight scene rocked, I personally don't think anything can top the Yoda fights from II and III. C'mon, people! Yoda! YODA!
Stopheles - 2007-09-24
UGH -- the last thing I wanted to see in the series of prequels was a CGI YODA WITH RADDITUDE, KICKING ASS ALL KUNG-FU AND SHIT. Wasn't this the character who later said "wars do not make a man great"?

Ersatz - 2007-09-22
Boy, this looks good. Anyone know when the prequels are going to come out?
Jimmy Labatt - 2007-09-23
Why couldn't the whole movie have been like this
KnowFuture - 2007-09-23
My love for this (admittedly yeah, pretty crappy and disappointing) movie's power to upset nerds grows with each passing day.
glasseye - 2007-09-23
The best jedi duel was in a new hope. The perfect battle for "center" that kendo masters discuss.

This is pulpy garbage.
ghostdad - 2007-09-23
star wars, pulpy? well I never

Camonk - 2007-09-23
Liam Neeson is like ranch dressing: he makes everything better.
Aubrey McFate - 2007-09-23
The largest bear bar in the world contains less beard than this thread.
DrVital - 2007-09-23
If this had been in another movie it might have been okay.

As it was it was bearable nonsense in a sea of unbearable nonsense.

If you think you want to see this movie again it's because you've forgotten the UNBEARABLE ENDLESS POD-RACING SEQUENCE.

However, if you go to rifftrax.com and get the one they did for this movie you will find that it's highly entertaining.
biclops - 2007-09-24
If the pod race scene is the worst part of this movie for you, something has seriously gone wrong.

bakune young - 2007-09-25
i dont like star track
Xiphias - 2007-09-25

FABIO2 - 2007-10-19
You have to wonder what the hell happened to arrive at the embarrassingly awful saber fight against Christopher Lee in Attack of the Clones. It's nothing but back and forth closeups of the two as they clumsily wave their glowsticks in front of their poorly lit faces.

Also the arena battle with tons of extras in front of the world's most obvious green screen waving their plastic swords around with all the grace of the star wars kid.
Spastic Avenger - 2008-02-25
Lee, for his part, is rewally amazing though. I think he has learned how to inject a prescence into anything he is asked to do. Probably all that time having to be dracula and getting melted by peter cushing's Van Helsing.

afp3683 - 2008-09-02
he was too old to do much, basically.

BA - 2008-06-07
This is a pretty good fight scene, and was my favorite part of the movie. Nothing else in the trilogy entertained me as much as these six minutes.
plaid_knight - 2008-08-03
There are some fantastic villains in Episodes 1-3, and the Clone Wars cartoon redeems the entire run (1-6) of any faults it had.
Nikon - 2011-05-19
The best part of the best live-action Star Wars movie. After Episode III it's all downhill.
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