The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back ★★★★★

May the 4th Be With You 2021

The BEST Star Wars film, the BEST sequel, the BEST sci-fi film, and ONE OF the best films ever invented. Could I sound any more sure of myself? The Empire Strikes Back features all the moments we would remember, the ones we would endlessly quote (incorrectly) and what gets spoofed most often. Because it's just that damn iconic. There's no stopping the way this continues to take over cinema history.

From Luke surviving Hoth, to the Millennium Falcon nearly being swallowed, to Luke finding Yoda and training, to Lando being forced to sell out his friends, to Han & Leia, and finally to the battle with Darth Vader, Luke, and the "Father" twist. The Empire Strikes Back has so much going on, and is exactly why it remains endlessly rewatchable.

Speaking of the discovery of Yoda on Dagobah, his inception here has always been my favorite version. The old bat was not always this wise sage with infinite wisdom. Instead, he's rummaging through other people's belongings, acting like a child by playing tug of war with R2, and laughing like a crazy person. This senile old Jedi is a kook and I absolutely love it. The fact that we don't have one ounce of that in the prequels is vastly disappointing.

I know it may seem fruitless to even analyze this scene further, and others may be sick of hearing about it by now, but I must, as a fan. Vader confessing his paternal connection to Luke paved... everything. It explains the closeness of Kenobi to Vader, we understand why Yoda and Obi Wan are so worried about Luke and his path, how Luke has an easy grasp of the Force, everything falls into place with that one sentence: "No, I am your father."

Pacing is flawless. Story structure mind boggling. World building expanded further. Characters pushed, new ones introduced. Eventful beyond imagination. The Empire Strikes Back shall never be topped.

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