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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.
Perfect end to a perfect trilogy! I don't give a womp rat's ass if it's frowned upon to love the Ewoks; the conclusion to the saga (well, conclusion until Episode VII launches the new generation of films) is honestly still better than 99,9% of all other moving pictures I've seen - in any category! You do the math and guess which two masterpieces make up the transcending 0,1%. A clue: It ain't Episode I and II. However Shakespearean the love declarations between Mannequin Skywalker and IPadmé may have been.
"If you took Princess Leia out of “Star Wars,” the total speaking time for female characters is 63 seconds out of the original trilogy’s 386 minutes."
De-Specialized version with the original puppet band and song in Jabba's palace, The original 'Glug-Glug' Ewok song at the end is restored. Some other changes of course but this wasn't a very good movie anyway so...
May the 4th Marathon a couple of days early...
As satisfying an ending to a character, trilogy, and story as you can find. Perfectly tragic, redemptive, and epic.
Everyone talks about how Force Awakens rips off the structure of New Hope. First of all, every good movie uses the same structural template. Second of all, this rips off New Hope just as much, if not more. And that's not a bad thing at all.
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I'd give this a 5/5 if they cut out every scene that takes place in a forest
For some reason, I always lose interest during this one; it also seems to have the most CGI/sound/visual changes, uuuuugggghhhh - one day, I will buy that DVD box-set of the original trilogy with the shoddily-shown original copies of the films as bonus features!
A fantastic end to the trilogy, but marred slightly by repeating the Death Star and having everyone but Luke feel a little lackluster. Amazing music, amazing special effects, great writing (especially the throne room scenes), great action. A truly great film