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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…
EWOKS ARE THE CUTEST THING EVER
I watched the entire original trilogy for the first time in one day, so it's hard for me to differentiate each episode. I will say that they were all better than I expected them to be, otherwise, why else I would I watch them all at once? I had seen a few random parts of the movies and I knew the general plot from playing Lego Star Wars, but that also meant that I missed some important details. So now that I've seen them all fully, I have a greater respect for them.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“If I pull that off, would you die?”
“It would be extremely painful.“
I have a real love/hate relationship with Star Wars going all the way back to 1995, when George Lucas took it upon himself to paint over his own masterpiece. I'm not going to talk about the actual rape because its just to painful, but if you've seen then special editions you know what he did.
Return of the Jedi had a lot of problems behind the scenes, especially in post-production, as the film was massively re-edited and groundbreaking special effects sequences were being finished frighteningly close to the film’s release date. Lucas originally wanted his friend Steven Spielberg to direct, but couldn’t bring him onboard since he…
While I rank it objectively behind Star Wars and Empire, Return Of The Jedi is my nostalgic favorite. I find it the most entertaining and rewatchable Star Wars movie to this day. The climax still gives me goose flesh.
Nearly every scene with Luke Skywalker is perfect. The first great scene of the movie is Yoda on his death bed, confirming the shocking twist of the prior film while offering another revelation. He also beseeches Luke to pass on what he's learned (boy, that doesn't work out too well in the next film...). The next is Luke gradually revealing everything to Leia, where the film rests entirely on Hamill's shoulders, and he sells every beat. And finally every scene between…
Apart from the teddy bears, this is a pretty kick-ass sequel. I've always been moved by the concept that redemption is possible for anyone. (Original 1983 version).
"I am a Jedi like my father before me." – Luke Skywalker
I'm not saying this movie is hated, because that isn't the case, but I feel as though a lot of people automatically exclude this when talking about the best Star Wars movie and immediately make it Star Wars vs The Empire Strikes Back and that is unfair.
There are a lot of things that make me want to say this is my favorite Star Wars movie. Return of the Jedi easily has the best conceptual themes out of all the movies in my opinion. It expands on the light side vs the dark side of the force battle that really started in Empire and makes it great. I…
Return of the Jedi
First things first, let's talk bad, ewoks were the first thing that seemed forced in this series, and the middle of the movie is pretty dull and boring. Okay I did it.
Now to the good, the opening is so exciting and engaging that I feel like there could be an entire Jabba the Hutt movie about rescuing Han Solo. It is fun, inventive, and different.
The final lightsaber duel is my personal favorite. The dynamic between the Emperor, Vader, and Skywalker is so interesting and so great.
Even though it has many problems it is still so much fun and I think the beginning and ending are just as good as the things in Empire, its just that middle part that drags.
A satisfying end to the orig trig: some pacing issues and Lucas will not stOP WITH THE SHITTY CGI... but great performances, an intense final act, better light sabre fight sequences, perfect heartfelt moments and I bloody love ewoks.
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