2018 Birthday Fave #4 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Encore Review 3

Today is my 44th Birthday and I can think of no better way for me to spend this day than to rewatch some of my all-time favorite films.  So sit back and enjoy reviews of some of my all-time favorites.

Let’s finish it up with….. The Empire Strikes Back

“Never tell me the odds.” – Han Solo

Number of Times Seen – At least 30 times (Cable, Video, DVD, 19 Jan 2014, 17 Apr 2015, 27 Feb 2017 and 11 Jan 2018)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis

If you have never seen this movie, I urge you to stop reading this post, read my four original non-spoiler reviews (linked Here, Here and Here), watch the movie and finally after you’ve seen it, absorbed it and even cheered a bit (I did every time that I’ve watched it) then come back here for a review and analysis full of spoilers.

I have been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember.

The original trilogy are still my favorites among the (current) 9 films.

I have seen 8 of the 9 films in the theater numerous times and ironically this film is the lone film that I never had the pleasure to see on the big screen in any shape or form and I wish that I would have the opportunity one day to finally see it there.

This is one of the best sequels ever made to any kind of movie.

George Lucas made a great decision to make this film open ended and be a completely “bridge” film.

The storyline isn’t really focused on one character and that’s what makes it so great because it follows the characters from the previous film as they continue on their quest to fight the Empire, both together and separately.

We are given multiple storylines to follow which allows for Han and Leia to get more comfortable together plus we get the added bonus of watching Luke learn all about the Force from Jedi Master Yoda.

This film mostly serves as a way to develop the characters as we get to know them even more intimately which is so important in such a story and looks at it all from an overall perspective instead of just being localized which helps show the global impact of such a story.

John Williams’ music for this film is so iconic and he was easily able to surpass what he had done for the original, making this soundtrack so enjoyable.

It’s one that I can listen to nonstop and never get bored with.

This film is the darkest of the original trilogy and is all the better for it because it shows us how to get entrenched in such a world in a galaxy far far away.

The debate will always rage as to which of the films in the original trilogy is the best, but I personally think that they all are great pieces in the overall Star Wars puzzle; each part is needed to see the complete overall picture so it’s quite hard to choose one over the other even after 35-40 years.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  To preserve the dramatic opening of the Star Wars movies, George Lucas insisted on moving all the credits to the end of the film. However, although the Writers’ Guild and Directors’ Guild had begrudgingly allowed this on Star Wars (1977) (because that film wasn’t expected to be very successful), they resented the trend being continued on this film. First they tried to pull Empire from release, but were unsuccessful. They then fined Lucas heavily, and tried to fine Irvin Kershner, but Lucas paid all the fines himself (nearly $250,000). Lucas then bitterly dropped his membership in the Writers’ Guild, Directors’ Guild, and the Motion Picture Association of America, a move that has hindered his hiring choices on later films (see also Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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