Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 6

“Never. I’ll never turn to the Dark Side. You’ve failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” – Luke

Number of Times Seen – At least 60 times, if not more (yes, I said 60 times) (17 times in the theater, Cable, video, 12 Oct 1992, DVD, Special Edition in Theater in 1997, 19 Jan 2014, 24 Apr 2015, 4 Jul 2016, 6 Mar 2017, 24 Nov 2017, 4 Sep 2018 and 21 May 2019)

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

Brief Synopsis – Luke Skywalker and his friends travel to Jabba the Hutt’s palace on Tatooine in order to rescue their friend Han Solo who has been frozen in Carbonite.

My Take on it – Of the thousands of film that I’ve seen in my 45 years on the Earth, this is the film that I’ve seen the most out of any of them.

MNy rough estimation is that I’ve seen it over 60 times, but that number may even be higher.

I recall when this came out in teh theater when I was 9 and I subsequently saw it in the theater 17 times over the course of its theatrical run.

When it showed up on cable a year later, I watched it over and over.

When we got a VCR, I bought a copy of it and nearly wore out the tape because I watched it so often.

It’s a movie that I now watch as often as I can and that usually translates to more than twice a year (if not more).

I can’t really pinpoint what enamors me so much about this film per se, but it constantly draws me into the world created by George Lucas and I get lost in it for slightly over two hours each time.

This film has some great sequences and the Sail Barge one is superb because it allows us to see such a great fight sequence that occurs in the air above a desert by use of the amazing effects by ILM.

The effects in the film were so unique that the folks at ILM received a Special Achievement Oscar and there was no need to even vote on it because it was a given fact that they did so much groundbreaking work on this film.

the battle on Endor is another great battle shown in a Star wars film, but the use of the cuddly Ewoks was a slight mistake because the original idea of using Wookies would have been so much more intriguing and entertaining to watch.

The story lines of the three main characters are expanded upon once again to the [point where we get to see so much growth among them that has occurred due to everything that they have experienced over the past two chapters of this saga.

The climatic battle is shown on three fronts al at once and they move quite smoothly among them throughout the course of the climax of the film.

Luke and Vader’s light saber duel was the best up until the time it was made (and has subsequently been outdone with the fights in the prequels) and adds so much to the impact of this film when we get to see father vs/ son battle it out seemingly for the entertainment of a ruler bent on continuing his tyrannical rule over the Galaxy.

The music is great here and is quite iconic.

John Williams once again creates a unique yet familiar score for this film which works on so many different levels.

The creatures created for this film put the Mos Eisley Cantina scene to shame and we get to see so many more creatures and species that inhabit the word created by Lucas.

They gave us a fitting end to the story that gives closure to things yet also leaves so much open for future installments.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Harrison Ford suggested that Han Solo sacrifice his life to save his friends, but George Lucas disagreed with him, as he wanted Han to play a heroic part at the end. (From IMDB)

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


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5 thoughts on “Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 6

  1. It’s interesting that for you this is the most beloved Star Wars film, for me it’s the least. I’d rather watch any of the prequels than this one. I saw it again about 5 years ago with fresh eyes and thought, “Aggressively mediocre.” The dancing teddy bears and that God-awful “nub nub” song at the end just ruin the film for me, as well as the tacked-on twist of Luke and Leia being siblings which is a lazy writer’s last-minute cheat to resolve the Luke-Han-Leia triangle in a completely artificial way. Anyway, I think this is the worst of the Star Wars movies, but I accept that the rest of the world disagrees with me.


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