The Unnecessary Gesture

There’s a trend I’ve noticed in science fiction and fantasy. Any time someone wants to use their powers, they are depended upon gesturing.

Now look at this sequence from The Empire Strikes Back, specifically Vader’s attack at 3:35.

Gone is the gestures commonplace in today’s media. With hardly any gestures at all Luke is assaulted by all manner of debris. Does Vader need to point his hand or finger at Luke? No. He simply uses the power available to him.

What is more impressive? The character who has to extend their hands or the one who just does it?

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