There are also at least two occasions in the original trilogy when the hinged jaw piece simply falls off, and the other actors are forced to continue the scene while Darth covers his face with his cape. A DVD freeze frame reveals the error, though few likely caught it during the theatrical run.
The Lord of the Rings: 4.6
The Matrix: 10.0
Star Wars: 6.2.
Criteria No. 5 - Ghost Swordfighting Scene
A sci-fantasy epic's narrative is only as strong as its ghost/human swordfighting sequence. These, of all the scenes, require the most skillful storytelling hand lest the audience notice the sheer magnitude of the premise's ridiculousness.
Reloaded's epic swashbuckle between Morpheus and the ghostly Twins is probably the most realistically-depicted of the three, as Morpheus' spastic whiffing of his blade through the two villains' non-bodies is about what such a confrontation would amount to.
Further, our protagonist changes tactics after only 200 or so failed sword-blows, realizing that the only way to kill a spirit is to, of course, set it on fire.
tops Morpheus' feat by quantity rather than quality, challenging an entire army of the dead to a duel to the death that he has, in a way, already won.
Here Jackson deftly maneuvers his characters out of this hopeless standoff between immovable force and nonexistent object. Aragorn uses his powers of persuasion to great effect, promising the dead army commander that, if they will risk possible death on behalf of Gondor, he will reward them with death.
Lucas' task was doubly difficult as screenwriting rules demanded a second ghost-sword duel, since there are six films in the series. The first comes in A New Hope
, where Obi-Wan is revealed at the end of his duel with Vader to be not a man at all, but a spirit doomed to roam the Earth. When Vader's saber passes through the emptiness of Obi-Wan's body, the surprise actually causes the Sith lord's black jaw to drop until it clatters to the floor.