MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#41 of 49) – Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) – Encore Review 10


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 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+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 are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #41 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“I’m rather embarrassed, General Solo, but it appears that you are to be the main course at a banquet in my honor. ” – C-3PO

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this on the Sunday after it came out (4 days after the premiere) and loved every second of it.  It is the film that I saw the most time sin the theater which is 17 over the period of 9 months or so.  It remains the most nostalgic of the original trilogy for me and has a very warm place in my heart eventhough I can never seem to choose which is my favorite of the 3.

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, 3 May 2021 and 26 Jan 2022)

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

Brief Synopsis – Luke Skywalker and friends make a plan to try and free Han Solo from the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt.

My Take on it – This is such a great ending to the original trilogy.

The characters have already been developed in the previous two movies and this time, they have even better chemistry as they must work together to try and first free their friend and then topple to Empire.

The story moves along at a great pace and they never limit the action to one place which shows such great editing that captures the imagination.

The special effects are superb and enhance things so much that even when watching events in a Galaxy Far Far Away, it all seems so real and genuine especially given the lived-in look and feel of it all.

The way that they have 3 simultaneous battles taking place at once are great and adds so much to the grandeur of the story.

The film is able to give us closure on the story and was satisfying until they decided to open things up to further adaptations and interpretations of what happens to these characters in the future.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There are several women amongst the rebel pilots seen during the briefing aboard Home One (one can be seen just behind Lando’s shoulder in his conversation with Han), who never appear in the actual sequence, though at least three were known to have filmed cockpit scenes for the battle. One of these actresses did survive into the final cut: one of the A-wing pilots is actually a woman redubbed by a male actor. The most significant cut was French model and actress Vivienne Chandler, who played an unnamed female X-wing pilot (later named Dorovio Bold). What made her cut surprising was that it appeared that she would have played a significant role in the battle, as she recorded over a full page of dialogue. Footage of her in the cockpit of her X-wing recently resurfaced, indicating she was amongst the pilots to assault the Death Star, and her dialogue (in which she makes a distress call about a fatally-damaged stabilizer) suggests she would have been killed after crashing, much like Red Leader had in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). It’s unclear exactly why the women were cut, but it’s been speculated there were concerns that audiences would be made uncomfortable by the thought of women being killed during a battle sequence. (From IMDB)

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

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