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Star Wars: Episode VI - 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.
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'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…
I was born the year that Return of the Jedi was released, yet somehow I have gone all of these years completely indifferent to, and maybe even a little uninterested in, Star Wars, only seeing bits and pieces of each film in passing over the years. In the last few days, I finally sat down to watch Episodes IV, V and VI in their entirety.
Being only vaguely aware of the plot, the force, Jabba the Hutt and the universal mistrust of George Lucas' handling of the series through popular culture, I was quite sure that all three original films wouldn't hold any particular significance with me seeing as how I was not watching the films from any sort of…
It pains me to say it, but Return of the Jedi is noticeably the weak link of the original trilogy, now more than ever. It breaks the tone that The Empire Strikes Back so carefully establishes, and the pacing feels so off. It feels drawn out because it is; not ALL that much happens here.
And despite all of that, I still enjoy it. I think it's nostalgia more than anything. As a climax it's unsatisfying. As simply another chapter in the Star Wars saga, I'll take it.
That musical number though.
Okay, so I get the excitement for the coming film a lot more now. Before I was like, eh, when I saw the trailers for the new film. Now, I understand the hype more.
Still think the series is enormously, massively overrated though. But, it deserves the attention more than Harry Potter, at least.
Also: still way more excited for The Hateful Eight and The Revenant than I am for Episode VII.
Now, onto the prequel trilogy...
The part where that one Ewok dies is so sad.
The Concluding Part of the 2015 Star Wars Countdown Project
Here we are at last. After a week of Star Wars marathoning, I've reached the end of this little nostalgic exercise. Of the three original films, this is the one that I was most curious about revisiting. It's been the weak link of the trilogy in my mind for a long time and I've forgotten quite a bit since my last viewing roughly 7 or 8 years ago. I went in positive, eager to rediscover this as the misunderstood classic many have, but unfortunately, I quickly began to stumble across some of my old issues with it in addition to several new ones.
First off, this is way, way looser…
A vastly underrated end to the original trilogy.
You can pick it apart and label it's problems as much as you want, but it's Star Wars, which is more than I can say for the prequels.
Can't believe I was ever on the "Return of the Jedi is the weak link in the original trilogy" bandwagon. After re-watching all three, I'd place this at #2, above Star Wars.
I'M SURPRISED, TOO!
I used to think Return of the Jedi was overrated, but I now take those words back. Return of the Jedi is the perfect ending to this trilogy, having some of the best action and emotional scenes in the entire franchise. I never thought I would say it, but I may like this film more than A New Hope now...
I remember this as the most kid-friendly one, but there's actually some dark stuff here, plus some weird Dark Crystal-esque touches. And the unfortunate late 90s additions in the version we watched,absolutely none of which add to, or even sit at all comfortably within the film.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…