Counting down the 29.5 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 SIX – RETURN OF THE JEDI
In preparation for The Force Awakens, the family has been watching the original six films. How do they hold up?
This movie had a lot to do. It had to wrap up the Star Wars series as George Lucas had decided that three movies, each of which had problems during their productions, was more than enough until he could be on more solid financial ground and special effects could catch up with his imagination.
Famously, Harrison Ford argued for a heroic death for Han Solo. People were surprised that Luke and Leia were twins. The Ewoks caused some controversy. And the plot of building a second Death Star seemed a retread of A New Hope.
However, the conclusion of the movie was rousing and the trilogy felt complete. While it’s my own personal least favorite of the original films (and I may even slot it behind Revenge of the Sith in my personal pantheon), it’s still a very good movie.
WHAT WAS GREAT?
- Luke’s ascension to Jedi Knight is both moving and believable. Pay attention to the Luke arc over these three movies… it’s pretty profound and a testament to Mark Hamill.
- Jabba the Hutt is a pretty amazing feat of film-making when you think about it.
- The rescue from Jabba’s clutches is great.
- Again, Princess Leia is given more to do than just stand around, especially in the early scenes on Tatooine.
- The Rebel Fleet is very cool.
- “She won’t get a scratch on her, I promise.”
- Who doesn’t like Mon Mothma?
- Nien Nunb!
- Admiral Ackbar!
WHAT WAS NOT GREAT?
- The dialogue seems even worse here than in the previous installments (“Rebel scum!”)
- Boba Fett is killed by a blind Han Solo and falling into a pit?
- I don’t love the Ewoks… I don’t hate them and I understand how they fit Lucas’ themes (and his desire for merchandise), but I don’t love them.
- Han is reduced to slapstick after being the hero of The Empire Strikes Back.
THE FORCE IS WITH THIS ONE
Return of the Jedi is a very good movie and it does finish of the original trilogy quite nicely. There are good moments for all the characters (even Han Solo) and that’s nice to see. The final celebration with the singing and the light show really does raise the spirits and conclude the trilogy with great hope.
The Star Wars trilogy may not be the perfect trilogy, but it’s damned close. Can you think of another trilogy quite as good?