Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Encore Review 5

“[after choking Captain Needa to death] Apology accepted, Captain Needa.” – Darth Vader

Number of Times Seen – At least 30 times (Cable, Video, DVD, 19 Jan 2014, 17 Apr 2015, 27 Feb 2017, 11 Jan 2018, 10 Jul 2018 and 21 May 2019)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – The Empire searches for the hidden base of the Rebels throughout the Galaxy in order to wipe them out.

My Take on it – This is IMHO, the very best film in the entire Star Wars series.

It manages to expansd on the story set forth in the previous movie and helps ensconce the viewer in the world created about people and places set in a galaxy far far Away.

This film works as the perfect bridge film between the previous and following episodes of the series and is done in a way that the story helps complete a story line that even if the beginning and end of the film are left completely open as if they are all part of a Saturday morning serial.

The characters that we were introduced to in the previous film are developed even further here as we get a chance to see them grow in wisdom and closer together as the events of the story move along.

The choice to have the story branch off into a few sub stories works well too because it is all planned out really well along the way by the master storyteller George Lucas.

He is able to tell us so much along the way about everything going on in the world and keeps things interesting and intriguing throughout.

The battles fought in the snow are wondrous to watch because it adds so many new layers to both the advancement of special effects and to the universal way this war against the Empire is being fought.

This film introduces the wise old sage known as Yoda and despite being a puppet here instead of CGI, he is able to make the story feel even more important due to his tutelage here.

The interactions between the various characters helps make this so much fun to watch especially as we get to see the budding relationship between Han and Leia which adds so much to the film’s presence.

They manage to get the balance between light and dark perfect here and we get to see the battle between good vs. evil so differently than we got a chance to see previously and that helps enhance the message and feel in this film.

The score by John Williams is superb and I have listened to it so often and there was even a time in my life where I would listen to it every night before going to bed because I loved it so much.

The Imperial March is probably my very favorite musical piece and I can listen to it over and over non stop.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Han Solo is about to be frozen, Princess Leia says, “I love you”. In the original script, Han Solo was supposed to say “Just remember that, Leia, because I’ll be back”, but at the time of filming, Harrison Ford wasn’t entirely certain he did want to come back for a third movie. There is a recurring legend that his line “I know” was ad-libbed. However, Alan Arnold’s book “Once Upon A Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back” includes a transcription of the discussion between Ford and director Irvin Kershner in which Ford suggested the line. (From IMDB)

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


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