Anakin was able to, nevermind how all of the Naboo fighters used astromech droids and would have had to be able to communicate with them (which Anakin also did as a child).
More like 2 decades since he last used his lightsaber.
The EU is now non-canon, but I'm pretty sure he's engaged in other lightsaber battles between ROTS and ANH, and used his lightsaber plenty of times in other ways;
Just remember to not spend much time on new character backstories or explaining their competencies.
*Luke steals R2-D2 from a Tusken Raider on a Bantha who has captured R2-D2. The Tusken just watches and rides away.
*Luke can understand everything R2-D2 says. C-3PO is written out since he's not needed to translate.
*R2-D2 follows Luke around obediently instead of running away and generally just thinks Luke's awesome.
*Luke experiences a "vision" upon touching the saber for unexplained reasons. Magic lightsaber?
*Luke enters the Cantina and knocks down Ponda Baba and Dr. Evazan with a stick when they threaten him.
*Darth Vader finds the heroes. Luke watches as Han Solo confronts Darth Vader and is killed.
*Luke attacks Darth Vader and holds his own. He drops his saber but he is able to Force grab it before Vader can. (First time Force grab is seen in the movie.) Vader offers to train Luke. Luke lands several blows on Vader and cuts off his hand while remaining unscathed and Vader collapses in a heap. But there is an explosion that ruptures the platform between them and Luke must join Leia, Chewie and R2 back on the Falcon.
*Luke officially joins the Rebellion at the end of the movie and is instantly selected to pilot a ship on a vital mission they've been waiting years to do. Their best pilot who just blew up the Death Star, Wedge, is passed over.
Luckily ANH didn't frustrate us by telling us to wait until the next movie to simply explain what the events we saw on screen meant. That's the kind of "tease" writing that you get in a crappy TV series.
"Great things often die with thunderous applause."
Abrams was SO lacking in vision that he cut 20 minutes from TFA, fired one writer, delayed the film 6 months and kept changing major plot points extremely late in production.
What questions did I have coming out of Star Wars in 1977? How about "Who exactly is Darth Vader?" Not his backstory, since he was presented as a Jedi that betrayed and killed Luke's father (which actually turned out to be completely untrue - oops, nevermind) but I wanted to know who he served, and why and in what capacity. Vader never mentioned the Emperor, and in fact he seemed to take orders from Grand Moff Tarkin, so what was he really? Where did he go after the Death Star was destroyed? We learned TIE fighter's are short-range, so did the Rebels capture him? Did he even survive?
Did the Empire remain intact?
What did Ben mean when he said if Vader struck him down, he'd become more powerful than could be imagined? Was it really just that he'd be able to occasionally communicate with Luke telepathically (which would be pretty lame) or would he return in a more powerful form?
What happens to Luke? He wanted to become a Jedi Knight, but with Ben's death, and the rest of the Jedi order extinct, how would he ever learn their ways? Or could anyone learn how to use the Force once they were aware of it?
I didn't know the answers to any of those things but I expected them to be answered in the next movie.
You can't be serious about the OT not having plot holes. How about Darth Vader, closely interrogating his own child (Leia) and not sensing that she was his? How about "hiding" Luke from Vader by putting him on Vader's home planet of Tatooine, in the care of Vader's Mother's step-family, AND keeping his name Skywalker? Why doesn't Obi-Wan remember R2-D2 or C-3P0? Did you ever think about Luke's training with Yoda? How long was it exactly? He left Hoth at the same time as Han, Chewie and Leia, who headed to Bespin to get the hyperdrive fixed. Then Luke is trained by Yoda and leaves for Bespin to rescue his friends. He gets all the way from Degobah to Bespin, arriving just after Han is frozen, so apparently his training with Yoda was only a few minutes long. I mean, the OT is FULL of stuff like this.
Here's my challenge to you - give me your examples of depth and meaning in A New Hope. I'll try not to laugh, I promise.
You take a similar tack with the points I made about Lucas. Just because I have a negative point of view about Lucas, does not mean that I idolize J.J. Abrams, or absolve him of weaknesses, so responding to my criticism of Lucas with criticisms of Abrams doesn't actually mean anything. That's a classic straw man argument. I did find this bit hilarious though, and it really demonstrates your lack of knowledge on the subject.
Did you not realize I could change 3 words in that sentence and it would accurately describe Star Wars:
Lucas was SO lacking in vision that he cut 20 minutes from ANH, fired one editor, delayed the film 6 months and kept changing major plot points extremely late in production.
Star Wars is back. Finally. That's all that really matters.
Typical TFA plant. Can't defend this travesty of a movie without bashing the OT.
Typical TFA plant. Finds the original Star Wars laughable.
This invalidates your entire argument as Lucas did not cut 20 minutes from a film called "ANH" in 1977, fire an editor from said film, delay the film 6 months or keep changing plot points extremely late in production.
I just watched Kingsman: The Secret Service. It showed once again the classic joys of seeing a low class nobody everyman character be trained by mentors, tested, struggle, fail and try again until he finally achieves a level of skill and success at the very end of the movie.
Fresh take = no character development