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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.
Star Wars Canon Entry #3
The unadulterated version of “Return of the Jedi” is the unfairly maligned final chapter in the original Star Wars Trilogy. Fans picked this film apart due its lighter tone and for having some minor faults ever since its release. Fortunately the release of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy has made many people reevaluate “Return of the Jedi” and praise the film’s many high points. Now let’s go over the positive, neutral, & negative points:
*The Ewoks: Let’s get the big one out of the way first. Yes, the Ewoks feel juvenile and out of place in the Star Wars universe. Originally George Lucas wanted to use escaped Wookies slaves to fight guerilla style with…
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…
In many ways, Return of the Jedi cut firmly against the brilliant grain set by Empire Strikes Back. The reason Empire was so effective was that it showed us the rebels were still losing, you can't just destroy the Death Star and have everything go away. But here, Lucas rounds out the trilogy with another climactic space battle and everything wraps up really nicely with no questions ask. Return of the Jedi is clearly the least impressive of the original trilogy. It is full of holes, tonal inconsistencies and plot implausibilities. I'd chalk this up to Richard Marquand not being half as competent as Irvin Kershner, and the departure of Gary Kurtz from the project. Kurtz reportedly left because he…
Return of the Jedi has the biggest disparity between good and bad scenes of the original trilogy. There are some scenes that are travesties, but the scenes Luke and Darth Vader stand triumphantly above the rest, and they seem to be actually directed with creative deliberation.
I've heard enough people complain about this one as "the worst" of the original trilogy that I guess it's A Thing People Think, but this is so deeply ingrained in me because of my childhood that I can find no fault in it. There are points where you can see the foreshadowing of how Lucas handled the prequels, but nothing ever comes even close to too bloated with its own weight to become nonsensical in the way that those movies do.
And for the record, I LIKE the Ewoks.
Although it isn't as good as the first two, Return of the Jedi still is an amazing film with our same amazing characters and with many great scenes like the Sarlacc Pit and the final battle between Luke and Vader.
The redemption of Anakin. Sadly Lucas messed worth this version a little too much.
So yeah, the Original Trilogy is entirely 4.5/5 (but that's just, like, my opinion, man).
While I personally believe this is the "weakest" installment in the OT, it still features exciting battles, fun dialogue, effects that hold up, and a great final showdown between Luke and Vader.
I'm sincerely bummed that our weeklong marathon is over, and we have no more Star Wars to watch... Until Christmas, that is ;)
Watching the Special Edition for the first time. Hated the musical changes, but otherwise thought it was fine. I admit that the new penis in the giant sand vagina was a bit of a surprise, though. Anyway, while nowhere near as good as the first two films, still a solid good time. Love Jabba's palace, the speeder chase, and Lando's flight into the Death Star. I don't watch this one often, but always enjoy it when I do.
The third Star Wars movie is a visually stunning film with a plot that feels a little weaker than its two forbearers. The movie is still a great and has much to to be appreciated.
The (multi-faceted) fun ride.
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…