MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#6 of 48) – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – Encore Review 7


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #6 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – This is actually the only Star Wars film that I haven’t seen in the theater. The first time I saw it was on a really bad bootleg video and then I subsequently saw it on Cable a few months later. I love all things Star Wars and this is a near perfect film that gets so much right. The added bonus of it being the middle chapter in the trilogy, allowed them to play with the story and leave us some really interesting cliffhangers for the finale to deal with.  I wish there was a way to unremember the fact that Vader tells Luke that he’s his father so that I could relive that experience over and over.

“Wars not make one great.” – 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, 3 Jun 2020 and 5 Jan 2021)

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

Brief Synopsis – As the Rebel Alliance tries to find a foothold in their battle against the Empire, Darth Vader seeks out the force string Luke Skywalker in order to turn him to the dark side.

My Take on it – Amazing sequel that proved that it’s possible to make such a thrilling and powerful sequel to a film that was so popular and groundbreaking. George Lucas does a wonderful job continuing the adventures of Luke, Leia and Han as they do all they can to try and defeat the all powerful Empire. The film does a great job introducing us to some new and powerful allies that will help both sides during their continued fight. The story unfolds in a great way and is able to stay so suspenseful throughout due to the way that things play out. The special effects enhance things so much and help transport us to a Galaxy Far, Far Away for the adventures of these characters. The dialogue is superb and helps endear the characters even more. The battles both in space and on the surface work really well and add so much to the way one looks at this film and at the entire trilogy on a whole. The score by John Williams is extraordinary and the Imperial March is my all time favorite piece of music. (which I still use for the ringtone for calls from my ex-wife) 🙂 Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie’s most famous line is often misquoted. While many believe that Darth Vader says, “Luke, I am your father.” He actually says, “No, I am your father.” Even James Earl Jones, who provided the voice for Darth Vader, misquoted the line when referring to it on the Empire of Dreams: The Story of the ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy (2004) documentary. (From IMDB)

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

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