Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi - Film Review

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi - Film Review


Posted 2024-05-15 by PerthKelfollow
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi - Film Review

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, more commonly referred to as %Return of the Jedi is the third and final film in the original Star Wars%% trilogy, and was released in 1983. It was directed by Richard Marquand, the first without George Lucas but was still produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. Like its predecessors, the film was a huge success at the box office and remains one of the most beloved films in the franchise.

The story of Return of the Jedi takes place one year after the events of The Empire Strikes Back. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has become a full-fledged Jedi Knight and is more determined than ever to defeat the evil Empire and save his friends. The Rebel Alliance has learned that the Empire is building a new Death Star, a space station that is capable of destroying entire planets. The Rebels must destroy the Death Star before it becomes operational, or face certain doom.

The movie opens with the rescue of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt, a grotesque gangster who has placed Solo in carbonite and is using him as a decoration. Luke, Leia (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) team up to rescue Solo, but their mission is not without danger. Jabba has a menagerie of deadly creatures at his disposal, and the rescue party must navigate their way through traps, pitfalls, and ambushes.

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After the rescue, Luke returns to Dagobah to complete his Jedi training with Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz). Yoda tells Luke that he must confront Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones) once more, but warns him that he may not be strong enough to defeat him. Yoda also reveals that Luke has a twin sister, Leia, and that they are the children of Anakin Skywalker, who was once a great Jedi Knight but was seduced by the dark side of the Force and became Darth Vader.

Meanwhile, the Rebel Alliance learns of the construction of a new Death Star and launches a daring plan to destroy it. Luke, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) lead a team of Rebels to the forest moon of Endor, where they plan to disable the Death Star's shield generator. Lando Calrissian and a squadron of Rebel pilots will then fly into the Death Star and destroy its main reactor, thus destroying the entire station.

On Endor, Luke surrenders himself to the Empire in order to confront Vader and try to turn him back to the light side of the Force. He is taken to the Death Star, where he is reunited with Vader and learns the shocking truth about his father's past. In a climactic lightsabre duel, Luke and Vader fight to the death, with Luke ultimately refusing to kill his father. Vader, redeemed by his son's love, sacrifices himself to kill the evil Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) and save Luke's life.

With the Death Star destroyed and the Empire in disarray, the Rebels celebrate their victory on Endor, with the ever loveable Ewoks. Luke burns his father, in his armour, in a funeral pyre, and the ghosts of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker (Sebastian Shaw) appear to him, indicating that Anakin has returned to the light side of the Force and has found redemption. The movie ends with the Rebels rejoicing and looking forward to a new era of peace and freedom in the galaxy.

Return on the Jedi grossed over $475 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1983. The film's success not only solidified the popularity of the Star Wars franchise but also demonstrated the enduring appeal of the saga's epic storytelling, captivating characters, and ground-breaking special effects. Over the years, its popularity has continued to grow, cementing its status as a beloved classic in the realm of science fiction cinema.

One of the major criticisms of Return of the Jedi is the inclusion of the Ewoks. While some fans enjoy their cute and furry appearance, others feel that they are too cutesy and detract from the serious tone of the film. Additionally, the film has been criticized for its treatment of Princess Leia, who spends much of the movie in a metal bikini and is objectified by Jabba the Hutt. Some argue that this perpetuates harmful stereotypes and reduces Leia's agency as a character.

Overall, Return of the Jedi is a satisfying conclusion to the original Star Wars trilogy, with action-packed sequences, memorable characters, and an emotional payoff. While it may not have the same sense of urgency or thematic weight as the earlier films, it remains a beloved chapter in the Star Wars saga and a testament to the enduring power of George Lucas's visionary storytelling.

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