Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Return of the Jedi
Director: Richard Marquand
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels
Coming May 25, 1983 to your Galaxy
Darth Vader and the evil Empire has not given up their plans to take over the galaxy and they have started to build a new and improved Death Star. Princess Leia has also been captured after trying to rescue him and it is now up to Luke Skywalker to save them all.
Our heroes regroup on the planet Endor and gets ready for the final battle between the Rebels and the Empire. Luke is captured and brought onto the new Death Star where the Galactic Emperor is trying to convince him to join the dark side… or fight his father – Darth Vader.
Return of the Jedi was the third and final Star Wars movie before the series were brought back in the late 90’s with a new set of prequels. Jedi is another great film, but it does not achieve the same greatness as the two first films.
There is a pattern to these films in that they are broken up in three segments, which is very apparent in this one. The first part is about the rescue of Han Solo from Jabba the Hut, the second takes place on planet Endor with the loved and hated Ewoks and the final takes part on the new Death Star with the final confrontation between Luke and Darth Vader.
As is also common with these films, I don’t care much for the first part of this one either. The saving of Han Solo from Jabba the Hut is of course important for the story, but not very exciting to watch. It also feels like a little repetitive at this point. We’ve already seen another Death Star being destroyed, we have seen Luke fight Darth Vader before, there’s no real change in most of the characters so it does not become as engaging as the first two films.
I also question the choices they did with some of the characters. The most obvious one is princess Leia who has been reduced from being an action heroine to just eyecandy in this film. Luke Skywalker has grown into a hero and that’s cool, but the redemption of Darth Vader in the end didn’t do much for me. Many fans of the Star Wars saga has been very vocal against the inclusion of the small furry Ewoks. I don’t think that they are that bad, although it does become a little silly when they engage in fights with the stormtroopers. I have to say again, what’s the point of these high-tech laser guns that can’t hit anything?
The film is filled with action scenes though and I’m sure the younger ones will have just as much fun with this one as the previous films, although the older ones might notice the few flaws if you can call them that. The director this time around was the british Richard Marquand, a strange choice as a director for a huge film like this considering his previous resume. His biggest film to that date was Eye of the Needle which stars Donald Sutherland, by all means not a bad movie but was that enough to land him the job of directing what was thought to be the final Star Wars movie? He didn’t do a bad job and the action scenes do look great, but it’s still strange to me how some directors get their job on big budget pictures.
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi is a good film, by all means. But it is a step down in quality from the previous two films, not that it is easy to replicate the quality of those. It features some questionable choices for the characters and is lacking a bit of the magic that made the first two so great, but for fans of Star Wars it should be another highly entertaining film.