Counting down the 31 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
REVIEW FIVE – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
In preparation for The Force Awakens, the family has been watching the original six films. How do they hold up?
This is it. This is the best of the bunch. By far. Without question. No debate.
Sure, someone might want to debate me, but this is my blog and I won’t entertain it.
Dark and brooding, full of great character moments, pathos and sorrow, The Empire Strikes Back takes all the story lines from A New Hope in different directions than one might have imagined them going. Luke is with his compatriots for all of one scene. Han Solo is captured and potentially lost at the end of the film. Princess Leia is very much in charge, but in charge of what? the entire rebellion seems on the edge of disaster.
From out of this kind of uncertainty, emerges the best Star Wars movie of them all. It defies expectation. It ends on a cliffhanger. And the villains… win.
WHAT WAS GREAT?
- Han Solo is pitch perfect here. He’s tough and kind and romantic and boorish all in equal measure. It’s a great performance by Harrison Ford.
- Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia also comes into her own here. She’s not to be rescued, she’s to order the rescuers to act.
- Luke takes great steps from whiny farm-boy to Jedi Knight in the film.
- Han and Chewbacca have great interplay as do R2-D2 and C-3PO.
- Luke and Vader’s light saber battle is among the best of the series.
- The asteroid scene is incredible.
- The climatic revelation is incredible.
- Lando Calrissian is incredible.
- The movie is just incredible.
WHAT WAS NOT GREAT?
- It is pitch perfect, frame-by-frame.
THE FORCE IS WITH THIS ONE
Children may not like Empire as much as other entries in the canon and that’s fine. This is your father’s Star Wars movie. Grown up and complex, it is thematically and visually worth of the legacy it helped birth. I could watch Empire over-and-over again… and I have.