This wraps up the original trilogy a bit later than I
had intended. Sorry about that.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa
David Prowse and James Earl Jones as the body and
voice of Darth
Sir Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi
Kenny Baker as R2-D2
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian
Frank Oz as Yoda
Written by George Lucas, David Webb Peoples, and
Directed by Richard Marquand
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Past movie reviews can be found here.
In the fuzziest Star Wars yet, the rebels fight to
rescue Han and
destroy a new Death Star with the Emperor on board.
The duel between Luke and Vader. Great, ominous
music, and Luke makes
choices that show how untrained he really is.
Hayden Christiansen shouldn’t be there. He even
seemed to me like he
had a slightly evil leer, which he really shouldn’t
at that point.
This was the least original movie of the
bunch. A threat
we’d seen before, redemption that we’d already seen
to a lesser degree
with Han, and the infiltration to rescue a member of
the group. The
only aspect I don’t remember from the other films was
the hordes of
Ewoks taking out the Imperials, and we all know how
well that fits. I
give it 3 out of 6.
The effects are better, particularly with a
cleaned up Rancor
battle in this edition. Nicely done all around, with
some of the most
convincing effects work this series has seen. I give
it 5 out of 6.
The story is back to the simplistic
structure of the
original. It’s remarkably warm and fuzzy.
(Personally, I think Lucas
would have given us a better product if he rejected
the test screening
results and kept his original ending. For those who
Han’s line about feeling like he’ll never see the
Falcon again was
foreshadowing. Lando wasn’t supposed to make it out
of the second
Death Star. That would have been a nice counterpoint
to all those
happy Ewoks.) Still, its simlicity means that it
nicely. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting is the worst of the original
Ford puts in some good moments, Mark Hamill does a
good job when he’s
trying to hide from Vader in the Emperor’s chamber
(but not really in
the rest of the movie), and some of the Ewoks and
David Prowse have
some remarkably expressive physical acting, but
that’s where the
quality work ends. I give it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response is still pretty good.
This can carry
off of the momentum of the previous episodes to some
degree, and it
does have a fair amount of action in its own right.
I give it 4 out
The production isn’t too bad. The
continuity editing in the
sail barge fight is lousy, although that may have
been a result of
poor fight choreography, too. (Most characters
shifted positions when
the camera moved, but with bad choreography, there
may not have been
footage of them in the correct positions for the
editor to work with.)
Williams’ score is still is excellent form, but the
rest is a pretty
utilitarian “getting the job done” kind of feel. I
give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s the weakest of the original
better than episode one, but I’d have to rewatch
episode two to make a
clear decision on those two. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the
27 out of 42.