As is always the case the score makes the moment. John Williams made a lot of Wagner and the leitmotif in his music for the films, and Vader's crux moments are led into with a rising roll of kettle drums. When he captures Han and Leia on Cloud City they lead into the Imperial March (as the doors close), but here they lead into a Force theme, which is given a minor key and blasts across all other sound effects (until it settles and you have the echoing deep scream of the Emperor falling down the shaft, which mingles with the instruments as the music is shredded and Vader is mortally injured).
You just reminded me that I haven't seen that scene in nearly ten years. Also that ROTJ has its moments.
Vader looks across at Luke, his face a mask (fnar). Then he looks to the Emperor. Then back at Luke. Then he lunges at the Emperor and, lightning arcing across his body, he throws the old dude down the reactor shaft.
Except now he shouts 'NOOOOOOOOO' while he does it.
The lighting in that scene is incredible.
My most prominent memories from ROTJ are the Ewoks, and Lucas' supplementary 'celebration' scenes at the end. But these unfortunate flecks of shit aren't representative of the film as a whole. The final confrontation, for example, is one of my favourite moments in film ever.
I'm really looking forward to watching ROTJ. I'll have to hunt down the 'un-remastered' version first, though.
Also 'So be it, Jedi.' has to be the best single line of the trilogy. The Emperor recognises his failure, and now he is going to tear Luke apart. Strings held on a single note. Amazing.
Edited by LeoliansBro at 15:52:45 07-02-2014