At the beginning of the original Star Wars (1977) film, after Imperial troops have taken control of the Rebel Blockade Runner (Tantine IV), Darth Vader is clearly seen physically strangling Captain Antilles shortly after boarding the ship.
Okay, I have read the details in this question and answer thread which focuses on people being levitated when being “Force Choked.” And the selected answer clearly provides a nice inventory of the times Darth Vader—and others—“Force Choke” folks. But I’m still unclear on one thing: If Darth Vader can remotely—without any physical contact—choke people by using the Force, then why does he choose to physically choke Captain Antilles and crush his throat with his hands?
Is there any kind of in universe—official Disney canon or “Legends”—explanation for Darth Vader choosing to flex his muscles around Captain Antilles neck? I assume the “out of universe” explanation is George Lucas was making this stuff up as he went along and the imagery just looked cool.