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 VI – Return of the Jedi – Film Review

Overview

With The Return of the Jedi the story (if not the cinematic life) of Star Wars comes to a profound and epic conclusion. For all the criticisms which could be (and by me will be) leveled at this film, there’s no arguing its powerful impact, action, and rousing finale. Indeed, this film is a worthy conclusion to a cinematic franchise that has, at different times, been hailed as both the greatest ever seen and the biggest disappointment ever produced. The truth of the matter, however, is that the experience of Return of the Jedi is made all the richer for all five movies that (chronologically) precede it. And despite its stumbles in terms of pacing, acting, and pandering to marketing, Return of the Jedi delivers a cinematic experience worthy of Star Wars.

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

Overview

When you create a cultural phenomenon, the pressures to not only follow up the effort, but to duplicate the success, are quite intense. And when it came to what was, seemingly, a once-in-a-lifetime event like Star Wars, the expectations were very high indeed. What creator George Lucas gave us was to fine-tune the storytelling and movie-making craft and character study into a product of near perfection. Through these characters, we saw the real depth and nature of that galaxy far, far away. And the film’s central revelation chilled many viewers right down to the bone.

But what The Empire Strikes Back did, more than anything else, was to take the epic story and tell it from a more personal, character-driven perspective. The result is a tight, focused narrative that was darker, deeper and every bit as thrilling as the original film. It’s no wonder that now, roughly thirty years later, many look to The Empire Strikes Back as the pinnacle of Star Wars.

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