Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Starring: Mark Hammil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Alec Guinness, Ian McDiamird, and the voices of Frank Oz and James Earl Jones

Screenplay: George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan
Story: George Lucas

Directed by: Richard Marquand

The finale of the original Star Wars Trilogy was yet again another questionmark. Where do you go from Empire? The decision it seems was to try to take it back to it’s roots and in all honesty, it wasn’t the greatest choice. But despite the few stumbles, unoriginality, and definite marketing ploys injecting themselves into the plot, the fact remains that Jedi still finishes off the saga with class and actually in some cases deliver some of the best sequences of the saga.

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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Film Review

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Alec Guinness, and the voices of Frank Oz and James Earl Jones

Screenplay: Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan
Story: George Lucas

Director: Irvin Kershner

It is a testament to childhood and growing up really. This was one of the first movies I ever saw in the theater and Yoda scared the crap out of me. Not Vader, but the little green muppet. As I grew older and loved the Trilogy, it was this film that I often skipped. It was dark, and it was a little slow at times. I preferred watching the fun adventure of New Hope or the climactic battle with Vader during Return of the Jedi.

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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, and the voices of Anthony Daniels and James Earl Jones

Written and Directed by: George Lucas

What to say about this film that hasn’t been said before? It has the sort of flawed perfection that can only truly be achieved once in a generation. It is far from a perfect film, some of the effects are very cheesy and dated. The storyline is kind of vague and non specific, and the acting highlights are few and far between. But you have to look far and long to find someone who doesn’t love the original Star Wars.

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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel Jackson, Christopher Lee, and the voice of Frank Oz

Written and Directed by: George Lucas

This was it, this was what everyone had waited for.  Even if people hated Episode I and II they would come back for this one, finally watching Anakin’s fall.  I mentioned how one of Episode I’s problems was living up to the expectations.  This one was as tough if not tougher to live up to.

THE moment.

And George hit it out of the ballpark.

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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack Of The Clones Film Review

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Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christopher Lee

Written by: George Lucas and Jonathan Hales

Directed by: George Lucas

Attack of the Clones is the hardest of the saga to review. I recall that upon first viewing, it was almost unanimous that it was better than the childish Episode I. There was more action, more adventure, the acting had improved…well at least incrementally.

And of course there was MUCH less Jar Jar.

But interestingly enough, Attack of the Clones is the one that falls apart the most under repeat viewings.

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