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Return of the Jedi
The Empire Falls...
As Rebel leaders map their strategy for an all-out attack on the Emperor's newer, bigger Death Star. Han Solo remains frozen in the cavernous desert fortress of Jabba the Hutt, the most loathsome outlaw in the universe, who is also keeping Princess Leia as a slave girl. Now a master of the Force, Luke Skywalker rescues his friends, but he cannot become a true Jedi Knight until he wages his own crucial battle against Darth Vader, who has sworn to win Luke over to the dark side of the Force.
Luke has severe daddy issues. Han is frozen with nowhere to go. Leia is more mature. Chewie is still the motherfucker. Yoda is old as fuck. Lando is as smooth as a 6-pack of Colt 45. The droids are still droiding along. Vader still breathes heavy. All of these characters play a pivotal role in the final chapter of the only Star Wars trilogy that matters unless JJ & Disney don't fuck shit up and Episode 7 is the motherfucker. SPACESHIP! Shrek's uncle. R2's stubbornness. Fuck you 1998 Godzilla! Jabba the Hutt is the real king beast. 3PO's linguistic skills. Groovy jazzy funky house band. Boba's lighting-quick reflexes. Defrost Han. Concubine Leia. Wookie hug. Gladiator games. Plank walk. Green lightsabers are…
This review is for the super duper latest special edition Blu-ray thing
Dear Mr. Lucas,
Stop treating your Star Wars franchise like it's a scab that needs to be picked at.
You are painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.
Viewed Despecialized Edition
Fuck it, this deserves five stars. While The Empire Strikes Back was the equivalent of an open wound, Return of the Jedi is reminiscent of an eulogy or a half-remembered memory. Our beloved characters settle their problems and everything comes together, culminating in an operatic and masterful conclusion to the STAR WARS trilogy.
The opening sequence at Jabba's palace is STAR WARS in miniature, utilizing real sets, striking puppets, grimy atmosphere, crazy creatures, and epic action into an opening half-hour that is absolutely riveting. The iconic moments are endless, with every scene on Endor being on another scale of awesomeness, particularly with the Speeder-Bike chase. And yet, the film never loses the emotional connection between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. It's simply a beautiful ode to the enduring bonds of father/son relationships, and by the end, I'm always in a state of bittersweet weeping.
"Luke.... help me take this mask off"
Must. Stop. Crying.
I've decided to stop watching wrestling for a couple of hours and finally put Jeff out of his misery.
I haven't seen the 'one with the Ewoks in' all that much and one thing I noticed this time round is the director - Richard Marquand. I'd genuinely never taken notice of who directed this before, but what a strange choice for director. Not much experience to speak of, certainly nothing like Return Of The Jedi in his career before this, and a fairly unremarkable career after this. Interesting. Or at least I think it is anyway.
Anyway, Return Of The Jedi is absolutely cracking. It's far better than I remember it being. Is it flawed? Well, yes. But…
In spite of some pacing pitfalls and some silly elements that would foreshadow major problems in the prequels; Return of the Jedi is a rousing and gorgeous adventure that is as exciting as it is emotionally involving. While the final battle may seem like a retread of the first film, It's more about the concluding character arcs and their respective relationships that make this installment so lush and beautifully conclusive.
And yes, I love the Ewoks. Don't judge me.
"I feel the conflict within you."
You can feel the film losing touch with the humanity of its tale, from all the gimmicky new aliens populating more frequent and more central roles, to the admittedly virtuoso but nonetheless impersonal parallel editing between the multi-level conflict involved in taking down the latest Death Star. If Empire was great because of the height of Luke's inner conflict (training to become a Jedi vs. taking the easy way out in order to help his friends), Return is all easy ways out, relishing in death and destruction at the expense of dramatic or thematic consequence from start to finish. Luke hasn't become a Jedi, he's joined the Sith.
Where the previous film was all…
For so long what was considered the conclusion to an uncertain story and universe, and one that left you relatively satisfied but still looking for more. Not many conclusions in media do it quite the way that Star Wars has and will.
This has got to be the dumbest movie ever. I don't get why it's so popular. The galactic empire is bested by care-bears. So anti-climactic, yet it is the climax of the whole series.
*First time with Autumn*
She says this might be her favorite of the trilogy. I think the infinite cuteness of the Ewoks helped with that
I absolutely love this movie. Sure it has flaws, mainly the ewoks, but it also builds upon so much of the stuff we love in the other Star Wars movies. Luke & Vader's relationship is developed more, and they both have probably my favorite lightsaber fight in the whole trilogy. Plus another amazing score by John Williams. This movie is the conclusion to my favorite trilogy of all time.
Children requested to watch this one again; of course we can, kids!
Watched the Blu Ray special edition this time, after showing them the original 1983 cut the last time.
There's plenty of good reasons Jedi is considered a step below Hope and Empire, but one I don't hear discussed much is the narrative structure.
As interesting as it is from a production design and exciting peril perspective, the Jabba opening sequences have nothing to do with the rest of the film. We get the reveal of Luke as a true Jedi, and a few good Han/Leia moments, but the plot has to start again from scratch once we leave Tatooine. It's hard to imagine at this point, but an opening tying in the Empire or involving more drastic character developments might have been more appropriate for the final part of a trilogy. Add to this the necessary but lengthy…
Han, Leia and Lando have fuck all to do in this one but Luke's confrontation with Vader and the Emperor is a stand out of the saga.
Al igual de sus antecesoras la película sigue conservando la magia de su universo.
Los efectos siguen siendo excelentes y la banda sonora de Williams da un perfecto final.
Es la mas entretenida de la esta trilogía, enfocado mas a las escenas de acción,
Pero el gran problema con eso que se acorten algunas escenas importantes.
Pero aun así es un gran final para trilogía.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
At the heart of Return of the Jedi lies a very emotional story of temptation, redemption, and triumph. This is where Return succeeds, in those viscerally human moments where Luke fights the influence of the emperor and where he chooses to put everything on the line in a final effort to save his father from the dark side. It is a story that takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, yet it feels incredibly real and eternally relevant.
Naturally this means that anything which distracts from this core idea and anything which shatters the ideas of reality are where the faults in Return begin to arise. The Ewoks have been discussed on numerous occasions but…
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