Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 7

“That blast came from the Death Star! That thing’s operational!” – Lando Calrissian

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, 21 May 2019 and 4 Oct 2019)

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

Brief Synopsis – While the Empire continues their construction of a new Death Star, the small group of Rebels form a plan to rescue their friend Han Solo from the clutches of the gangster Jabba the Hutt.

My Take on it – This film is one of my all time favorite movies from my childhood and it remains the movie that I’ve probably seen the most out of any movie that I’ve seen in my lifetime.

This is somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me, but it still remains an excellent installment on this series.

That largely is attributed to the fact that it manages to be both poignant in its message yet stays fun from start to finish.

It’s always great to see how the character arcs are wrapped up in this installment especially since it was largely expected to be the final film of the series.

The way that they utilize special effects here helps bring this distant world and it’s characters and creatures to life before our eyes in ways that never seemed possible before ILM did their “magic” here.

As with most films in the series, the dialogue is a bit stale at certain points but the great action scenes, powerful story and various surprises along the way more than make up for it.

The music by John Williams is amazing and flows so well within the story in order to enhance it the whole way through while also keeping things paced really well as the story moves smoothly and rapidly from set piece to set piece.

Love the way that they handle three battles (land, space and a dual) all at once and jump back and forth between them since they all take place simultaneously.

This says so much about the expert editing crew!

After having seen all of the subsequent films in the series numerous times, watching this movie is even more insightful since we get to see so many connections between the stories and characters that pop up and can be viewed from a very different perspective.

The fact that the main cast members all return for this film is great because it helps give closure to many of the story threads presented in the two previous films that help give so much life to the characters and creatures living in the Galaxy Far Far Away.

Even though I’ve just watched this film and have seen it so many times, I still can’t wait for the opportunity to watch it again!

Bottom Line – Excellent installment of this series that stays quite fun and poignant throughout.  Great seeing how the character arcs of the various characters are dealt with in what was expected to be the final film of the series at the time. The special effects are superbly done and make the world of this series come to life as never before. The dialogue is a bit stale at some points yet the action and various surprises along the way help make up for that a bit.  The music by John Williams flows so well here with the story and allows for things to move along at a great pace.  The film’s story is even more insightful after having seen the films that have been made after it because they allow for us to look at parts of this story in a very different light.  Great having the main cast return for this film and they do a great job of giving closure to almost all of the various story threads that have been woven through the original trilogy about people and creatures living in a Galaxy Far Far Away.  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the shot in which Salacius Crumb (the small, annoying, rat-like thing that sits with Jabba in his palace) is chewing off C-3PO’s eye, Anthony Daniels had a panic attack while in the C-3PO suit. While filming, he didn’t actually say his lines (all of his lines were dubbed in post-production anyway), but repeated “Get me up. Get me up.” over and over. This is the take used in the final cut. (From IMDB)

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


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