Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 4


“This bounty hunter is my kind of scum: fearless and inventive. ” – Jabba the Hutt

Number of Times Seen – At least 60 times, if not more (yes, I said 60 times) (17 times in the theater, Cable, video, DVD, Special Edition in Theater in 1997, 19 Jan 2014, 24 Apr 2015, 4 Jul 2016, 6 Mar 2017 and 24 Nov 2017)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – Luke Skywalker hatches a daring plan to save his friend from the clutches of the evil gangster Jabba the Hutt.

My Take on it – Of the thousands of movies that I’ve seen in my lifetime, this is the one that I’ve seen more times than any other.

It may not be the best film of the series, but it’s still the most action packed along with the most fun.

Having seen this film probably over 60 times in the 35 years since it came out helps me to confidently say that I know it all almost by heart.

The story moves along extremely well and George Lucas did a great job created three distinct stories to bridge the span of the film (Jabba, Yoda and the Battle for Endor) that flow so well.

The added joy of being able to watch three battles on different fronts fought simultaneously helps keep things so thrilling and entertaining the whole time.

The music by John Williams is amazing to listen to and after having listened to the CD hundreds of times in my car, I usually hum along throughout the whole film.

The special effects are spectacularly done and just the fact that The Academy gave them an award instead of leaving the category up for competition is proof of how impressed they were with the effects and knew that no other film at the time could come even close to matching the achievements of the special effects teams that created this film.

It’s always fun watching the characters, new and old moving around in this very ‘lived in’ world that has expanded so much ever since.

This film works on so many different levels and I’m once again looking forward to seeing it again…. hopefully soon!

Bottom Line – One of my all time favorite movies eventhough it may not be the best film of the series. There is no film that I have seen more than this one and I pretty much know the whole thing verbatim. Loved the way that the story moves along and the way that Lucas is able to tell three distinct stories in a row works so well. The added aspect of having three simultaneous battles is edited so well that it keeps your heart racing the whole time. John Williams’ score for this film is spectacular and I can even hum along due to the fact that I’ve heard it hundreds of times in my car.  The special effects are quite amazing and the fact that the Academy chose to give them an award instead of opening it up to competition is proof that no one could come close to matching it back then. Great to see the characters, new and old and the film works on so many levels. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Fake scripts were distributed to some cast members that were considered likely to leak information to the media. Some of these phony story elements were indeed leaked, such as Lando being revealed as the “last hope” for the Jedi mentioned by Obi-Wan and Yoda in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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