Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Encore Review 6


“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.” – Yoda

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, 21 May 2019 and 3 Jun 2020)

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

Brief Synopsis – Continuing adventures of the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire as Darth Vader seeks out the young Jedi in training Luke Skywalker.

My Take on it – I have always been a Star Wars fan ever since I was first exposed to the original films as a kid and I have a lot of trouble decidding which is the best film in the trilogy because they all have lots of reasons why they shuld be considered the best.

This is such an amazing film because it helped change the face of how people view sequels.

They begin right in the middle of the action which shows the truly epic nature of this saga and how much story there is to tell here.

The film has great special effects that help enhance the story and make things feel even more realistic.

It’s amazing to see how much the effects have advanced in just three years from when the original film was released.

The film is able to develop both the known characters and the newly introduced ones to help make things come across so fluidly in their interactions.

This lets us love them so much more because they all feel so real in everything that they do within this “lived-in” world that George Lucas created.

The musical score by John Williams adds so much to the music from the previous film and his theme for Darth Vader – The Imperial March is so spellbinding to listen to.

Listen to it here:

The choice to keep the film open ended also enhances things because it shows that this story is just a bridge movie to bind together the films before and after it because it sets things up for the finale.

The film has some great action scenes and the lightsaber scenes are so much more fluid than in the previous film and helps make things even more intense as the story moves forward.

Bottom Line – Excellent addition to the Star Wars saga and proves how much of a story they have to tell. The story picks up in the middle of the action and that helps show the epic nature of this kind of story. The special effects are superbly done and make things seem so realistic throughout. The characters are developed really well here and allows us to love them even more than just from the first film. The movie is able to introduce some very significant new characters that will have so much of an impact on the overall story. The music by Williams is amazing and his additional theme called the Imperial March really sets the tone for things so well. The openendedness of this film works well because of the way that it is the bridge film of the trilogy which helps set up the action for the next installment in the saga.  The action scenes are amazing to watch and we finally get to see a more fluid lightsaber match that is superbly done. Highly Highly Recommended!!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In order to avoid sharing creative rights, George Lucas decided to avoid using a major studio to finance this movie. Instead, he bankrolled the $18 million production himself, using a combination of his profits from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and a bank loan. Although the move was risky, it paid off several times over. Lucas recovered his investment within three months of the movie’s release. He then showed gratitude far beyond the Hollywood norm by sharing the profits with his employees (nearly $5 million in bonuses). (From IMDB)

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

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