Sunday, December 20, 2015

Movie Review: Star Wars: Episode 6 - Return of the Jedi

The final chapter in this epic saga, at least I thought it was, has been my favorite movie in the series for a long time. I just love how it starts out in the mysterious and frightening palace of the vile slug gangster Jabba the Hutt. Each new visitor advances the plot and seems to fail. We see Boba Fett and a frozen Han Solo. The situation looks dire for the protagonists. 

The desert barge scene over the Sarlacc pit is fun and action-packed. The death of Boba Fett and Jabba the Hutt is filled with spectacular lightsaber action and explosion that render the end of a lot of cool aliens.

The action slows down for some emotional moments like the death of Yoda and the revelation that Luke has a sister. These scenes lead seamlessly into the preparation for the final battle. All the characters fall into place with the introduction of the cute little Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor.
After some cool speeder chases and a comedic bit of C-3PO as a god to the Ewoks, the final battle begins. Lando Calrissian flies the Millenium Falcon, and the Rebel Alliance assault the new half-built Deathstar. The Emperor watches with glee as Darth Vader brings up his son to convert him to the dark side. Han and Leia and Chewbacca stay down and fight alongside the furry creatures to blow up the shield that protects the planet-destroying space station.

The final battle is awe-inspiring, and the lightsaber battle is filled with deep emotion, especially when Darth Vader finally stands up for Luke Skywalker and throws the Emperor down a pit. Vader, or rather Anakin, does not survive and Luke burns him at the pyre. The celebration of the Empire's fall goes on throughout the galaxy and sets up what should be another awesome trilogy!

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