Been rewatching the highlight lightsaber duels. I noticed there is a tendency today for many people to criticize the duels of the OT as being clunky and boring by today's standards. As in the fights in the OT are ridiculously slow motion, lacking in technique and just flailing the sabers around, and lacking the flash and entertainment more recent Star Wars works like the PT and Clone Wars have. In fact people have the notion that the duels in OT were just as awkward and slow as very old Sword and Sandal movies and fake looking fights of Kung Fu films from the 40s and 50s! There is also criticsm of the lack of Force techniques. While I do agree EU works and the PT have flashier and much faster duels, I disagree with so many of the criticisms after a quick watch. Vader, Obi Wan, and Luke are nowhere close to slowmotion as the old Kung Fu and Sword and Sandal movies (which even this examples-and I call them slow as a movie buff-are quite exagerrated). Luke may not move fast enough to deflect a blast but he is shown as very agile being able to quickly use his environment quickly enough to avoid blows from saber such as climbing some of the platform ropes to escape Vader after losing his saber and breaking some pipes to smudge smoke at Vader. Even the swinging techniques are nowhere slow. Not fast enough to wipe out an army of droids, but certainly fast enough to slice the average Joe before he realizes he lost his arm and even enough to trouble a trained martial artist. This goes hand in hand with technique. The sabers strike fast enough that the fighters on screen are nervous about swinging at the risk of making a wrong technique that will lose a hand or some other limb. There are far more timed and careful strikes in the OTs than the movies. And you can actually see some techniques being used such as the footwork in which Obi Wan is trying to carefully move around as he parries Vader's strikes. The speed at which Luke ejects his saber in time after Vader threw his first blow in ESB would definitely take months of repitition to do. If anything I can witness more different stances and blocking movements in the OT than the PT. The force may not have all the fancy lightning shock and so but Luke uses it enough time to get him out of trouble such as last minute saber pull to block a blow from Vader at the last moment while disarmed. The way I see it OT duels put more emphasis on realism and western dueling (fencing,etc) than the PT which focus on fancy flashy Wushu. But that does not make the OT duels slow motion as snails speed and boring. Its not just casual and light fans who only seen the movies, I seen some core fans criticize the same about the OT. While I agree with much of it, I think its highly exagerrated to say the OT does not have any techniques and agility. In fact compared to fight scenes from dueling movies fromt he same period and prior, I'd say the OT actually is much faster paced and flashier than them and even go as saying it beats some more moderna ction movies decades later in choreography. I'd go as far as saying the OTs have better timing than the PTs. Every move seems genuinely deliberate and careful as opposed to the PT where they are swinging random blows that do nothing but exhaust your stamina. I'm more convinced Obi Wan and Darth Vader being master duelist in their duel in ANH because every blow is deliberate and you can see they are being careful not to let their guard down by doing some stupid pointless spin attack or other flashy technique because one blow would be fatal. Even Luke's lack of skill seems more careful dueling than say Dooku VS Anain and Obi Wan.