May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 9

“Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. Your friends, up there on the sanctuary moon, are walking into a trap, as is your Rebel fleet. It was *I* who allowed the Alliance to know the location of the shield generator. It is quite safe from your pitiful little band. An entire legion of my best troops awaits them. Oh, I’m afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive. ” – The Emperor

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, 4 Oct 2019, 29 Dec 2020 and 3 May 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Luke Skywalker and his friends set a plan in motion to rescue their friend Han Solo from the clutches of the villainous gangster Jabba the Hutt.

My Take on it – This is the Star Wars film that I always feel the strongest connection to and can watch it over and over and never ever get sick of it.

The story is told in such a fascinating way that is stays so thrilling and enjoyable from the moments it starts til the credits finish rolling over two hours later.

The story arc of these characters are great and we learn so much about them all via their actions and reactions over the course of the film.

The special effects are superbly created in a way that helps keep things so fun and enjoyable to watch because it all seems so real.

The various characters that join the story in this film add much to the entire galaxy that this series has created and stays so engaging due to that.

John Williams musical score enhances things to such a high level and manages to keep a steady tone throughout.

This film does have a fitting end to the trilogy and had the story stopped at this point, it still would have stayed satisfying.

That being said, the added films in the series add much more texture and depth to the events of this film.

The way that the final battle takes place in three different places at once is great and adds so much to the suspense and tension of things as they jump from one to another effortlessly.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the 2004 DVD release, George Lucas explained the reason behind why Yoda told Luke that Darth Vader was his father. Lucas had consulted with a child psychologist during the making of the film. The psychologist said that unless it was unequivocally stated that Vader was Luke’s father, moviegoers age twelve and under would dismiss Vader’s claim to be Luke’s father as a lie. He decided to go through this when James Earl Jones stated he personally didn’t believe Vader was telling the truth in Empire Strikes Back, no matter how many explanations he was given. (From IMDB)

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


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