Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 5


“Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” – Obi-Won Kenobi

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, 24 Nov 2017 and 4 Sep 2018)

Link to original review –  Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – The small band of Rebels set off on a mission to rescue their friend Han Solo from a vile gangster who keeps him frozen him in carbonite.

My Take on it – As moviegoers, we all have films from our youth that made a strong  and lasting impression on us.

This film is one of those for me.

This is the film that I have seen the most of any of the thousands of films that I’ve seen in my lifetime and the number of viewings listed above is pure guesstimation and I’ll never know how many times I’ve actually seen this film.

I practically know it by heart and still manage to catch new and exciting things during every viewing.

This time, I learnt a bit about the character of Rex.

Having recently watched the two animated Star Wars series’ The Clone Wars and Rebels, I learnt that one of the best “Clone” characters Commander Rex actually became a member of the team of Rebel Commandos sent to Endor.

I have always noticed this character and wondered why a character who looks old would be chosen for the mission, but never gave it much real thought.

The fact that the series mentions in the final episode that Rex served in the Battle of Endor helps bring that idea full circle.

This film does a great job giving full closure to the storyline of the original Star Wars trilogy even if some of the scenes are a bit too comical.

The story itself is filled from start to finish with lots of action, drama and even some sentimental and emotional scenes between some of the characters.

This film’s special effects are amazing and enhance the realism of a story set in a galaxy far far away and helps the creatures and situations literally come alive before our eyes.

The music by John Williams is superb and adds so much to the character of this epic story of good vs evil.

The cast is excellent and all 3 of the main stars (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher) help add to the iconic nature of their already established characters.

This is a film that I can never get enough of and even after just seeing it, I once again can’t wait to see it again soon.

Bottom Line – Amazing film that does a great job giving closure to the original Star Wars Trilogy. The story is packed with lots of action, drama and even some very sentimental moments between characters. The special effects are amazingly done and help make the Galaxy Far Far Away really come alive.  The music by Williams is superb and helps give so much character to this epic film of good vs evil. Cast is excellent with Ford, Hamill and Fisher all continuing to add to the iconic nature of the characters and their story. One of my favorite childhood films and still remains the film that I’ve seen the most times in my life. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The Emperor’s chair was mechanized so that it could rotate when the scene called for it. However, the mechanism never worked properly, so Ian McDiarmid had to make it move by shuffling his feet. A piece of tape on the floor told him when to stop so it would not be visible to the camera. (From IMDB)

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

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