May 21st, 2005

New Tilley Hat

Age of Darth Vader?

Star Wars Ep III ranges from hideously bad to okay, with the best parts coming in the last third, rescuing the movie. Ep II also saved the best for last, obscuring another awful movie. At the moment, I give it about an 18 (on the Shockwave scale from 9 to 23). But I'll write a more formal review later.

The question I have for the LJers: How old is Darth Vader at the end of Return of the Jedi?

I always assumed (without any real data) that the kids in Star Wars (Luke, Leia) were the age of the characters in George Lucas' previous film American Graffiti. That puts them roughly High School age. In Ep II, Anakin is clearly (to me) a teenager, and in Ep III he's a bit older but still "Young Skywalker". If Anakin is still a teen/young adult in III, that makes him in his late 30s in VI.

Did Darth Vader reach his 40th Birthday?