Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – Movie Review

A long time ago in the past far, far away. A bit of the future into the past, Return of the Jedi, is the third and last movie from the original Star Wars Trilogy, released on spring back in 1983. This was the first movie ever to use high definition audio and visual effects, due to this it is considered a masterpiece of the Seventh Art, perhaps George Luca’s Magnum Opus. After sixteen years, in 1999, the saga continued but in a retrospective way, a new trilogy, a prequel from the original one, telling the story of the life of Anakin Skywalker, best known as the fierce and dreadful
Darth Vader.


A Brief Summary

In Return of the Jedi, the story continues the plot from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Han Solo had been taken into a Carbonite Imprisonment, Luke Skywalker along with Princess Leia will try to rescue him from the hands of the Crime Chief Jabba the Hutt, the big toad-like alien from Planet Tatooine, to endeavour this dangerous task, the duo will have the support of some old friends, Solo’s loyal partner Chewbacca, the smart droids C-3PO. And R2-D2 completing the group with Lando Calrissian. After a tense battle against Jabba the Hutt’s guards and mercenaries, Luke and his friends finally get to free Han Solo. Afterwards, Luke take the course to Dagobah where he reunites with an agonizing Yoda while the others flee to join the Rebel Alliance. Before dying Yoda tells Luke, Darth Vader is his father and that he is not alone because he has a sibling, and Luke is finally aware Leia is his twin sister, what is later confirmed by Obi-Wan Kenobi spirit.

Meanwhile, The Rebel Alliance got the information that the Empire is building a new and more powerful Death Star protected by an energy shield from a generator located at the Planet Endor’s moon, in order to send starfighters to destroy the new Death Star the generator had to be deactivated. Han, Luke and Leia travel to Endor moon but Luke is taken by Darth Vader to the Death Star to reunite with the Emperor who tries to turn him into the dark side, but fails and start a dueling with Vader, defeating him, the Emperor encourage Luke to kill his father but he refuses, in wrath the Emperor tortures Luke and Anakin good side finally emerge saving his son, and dying afterwards. In the meantime Leia and Han join forces with the Ewoks, native people from the moon to defeat the Imperial forces in the moon finally taking the shield down.

Lando Calrissian piloting the Millennium Falcon is leading the Rebel’s fleet to destroy the Death Star which is a success as the protection from the shield is not longer activated. luke scapes taking Anakin’s body with him, just minutes before the blast and reunite with his sister Leia and Han Solo on Endor’s moons to celebrate the defeat of the Galactic Empire.

Interesting facts:

The battle on Endor’s Moon, between the united force of its primitive people, the tiny Ewoks, and the Rebels against the Imperial Forces was inspired on the Vietnam War, in which the natives from Vietnam defeated the forces of the United States Army, even though the latter were stronger and had more advanced weapons.

The original title was Revenge of the Jedi but was changed because Jedi’s spirit is not vengeful and do not fit with Jedi peaceful and merciful belief.

Return of the Jedi had a very good public reception over 80% positive commentaries. From the original trilogy this film has the most thrilling scenes, The Sarlacc battle, the speeding bike chasing and last but not least, Darth Vader and Luke lightsaber epic dueling, that will forever last in the minds of all those around the world that had watched this marvelous saga.

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