I love Sam Jackson. However, I think he’s dead wrong about the lightsaber duels in TFA.
Samuel Jackson thinks the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actors need to “go to lightsaber fight school.”
Mace Windu himself – the man with the purple lightsaber seemed taken aback by the untrained, and rather raw choreography of the lightsaber fights in TFA.
“It’s done in the spirit of the Star Wars films,” he said, obviously holding back. “It’s adventuresome, it’s exciting in a way. I think the kids need to go to lightsaber fight school but that’s just me, they got time to get better.”
Yes, the lightsaber fights in TFA are raw, untrained and unrefined.
That’s because they should be raw, untrained and unrefined.
The simple fact of the matter is in the Galaxy of The Force Awakens, there are no lightsaber fight schools. The Jedi are gone from the universe, all but forgotten. Spoilers to follow…
Keep in mind that when Finn and Rey face Kylo, neither of them have ever been trained in lightsaber combat. The only way they were able to even have a chance at surviving the fight is because Chewie had taken a direct shot at Ren’s gut with the Bowcaster of Doom.
In an interview with Empire Magazine last Month, J.J. Abrams addressed the issue of Lightsaber combat in TFA:
When you look at Star Wars and Empire, they are very different lightsaber battles, but for me they felt more powerful because they were not quite as slick [as the prequels]. I was hoping to go for something much more primitive, aggressive and rougher, a throwback to the kind of heart-stopping lightsaber fights I remembered being so enthralled by as a kid.
At least for me, the lightsaber fight at the end of TFA was indeed heartstopping. While not as elegant and high-speed and the Lightsaber battles of the Prequels, the moment where Rey calls the Skywalker saber to her hand gives me chills almost every time I see it. That’s the emotional pull at the root of the lightsaber combat in TFA.
Riley sits down with Battlefront composer Gordy Haab to break down The Force Awakens score on this week’s episode of The Star Wars Report!
Williams is back with a complex, at times scaled back, and subtly thematic score. Gordy is a true student of John Williams and takes the time to really break down in depth all of the new theme in the TFA score!