Cert: U Runtime: 131 mins Director: Richard Marquand Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Ian McDiarmid
And now, young Skywalker… you will die.
Many people will say Return of the Jedi is the least favourite of the three films. For me as a child Jedi was my favourite it’s drifted to Empire now but back then it was the most fun of the three. The Force Awakens is literally days away now so I wanted to complete my trilogy of reviews. So what is Return of the Jedi about? Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil emperor.
The acting in Return of the Jedi is about the same as Empire. There aren’t any real new changes except that Han Solo’s character gets a bit softer as he realizes he does not need his gruff exterior among friends that love him. We also finally find out which side Lando is on. However, the best addition and the best actor in Return of the Jedi is Ian McDiarmid, who plays the Emperor. The story, while some say it is recycled from A New Hope (which it definitely is not), ties up loose ends. The second Death Star is merely a backdrop for the main story of Vader and Luke. In any case, the Death Star was already being built after the first one was destroyed, as a plan of the Emperors to destroy the Rebellion. We get to see Luke, Chewie, Lando, and Leia go after Han Solo to rescue him. Jabba the Hutt is wiped from the Universe, and they meet…the Ewoks…. I think the best plot in Jedi is the one with Luke, Vader, and the Emperor. Luke tries to turn his father from the Dark Side and resist temptation from the Emperor. It is the heart of the movie.Now, the Ewoks. Like Jar-Jar, they have a hate cult. Why? I have never understood how people can have such a childish hate over fictional creatures. They serve the purpose of the story.
The main reason is that the Ewoks overcoming the Empire’s vast technology stretched believability. Maybe so, but hey, this is a sci-fi fantasy. It was more fun to watch the Ewoks beat the crap out of the Stormtroopers. Also, the Ewoks overcoming the Stormtroopers is more metaphorical. Lucas always has a part in the Star Wars movies where technology fails, and it is up to the human (or alien) spirit to finish the job, not the technology (i.e., Luke when he destroyed the Death Star without a computer…).The ending of Jedi is the most rewarding of the trilogy, with a powerful and slam-bang ending to the best movie saga of all time. Darth Vader becomes Anakin again, coming to his son’s aid and destroying the Emperor, sacrificing his own life in the process. There is just something rewarding seeing Anakin (not the Hayden Christiensen version) glimmer in the Force next to Yoda and Obi-Wan. In all this is a good movie. It adds to the mythology, and therefore is a classic.