Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back

We are making good progress with our Star Wars review project and we are excited that we will be able to finish all the movies before this weekend's new release!

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Katie's Review:

This is the meat of the Star Wars trilogy (the original one). We find out the reason for Darth Vader's obsession and we get to be a part of Luke's Jedi training and journey. For me, Han steals the show! He's such a scoundrel and I get a kick out of his whole demeanor in this film. Also, I never noticed how hilarious Chewie is in this episode. Every time they struggle with something on the ship, he basically has a meltdown. We love Chewie around here because he reminds us of our old Golden Retriever who passed away a few years ago. Seriously, they speak the same language!

I really like just about everything about this film. There are a few rough spots on some of the special effects, but back in the time of the original release those effects were magical. I'm grateful that George Lucas didn't alter those scenes. The only part I really didn't like was the snow monster in the cave. That was just a little too lame and a bit gross. I know it's part of the story, but I suppose it's enough of a bother to me that I couldn't give the film a full 10 stars on our scale. It's close to perfection though so it gets a 9.5 out of 10 from me.

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Alex's Review:

May Four Stars Be with Us - Episode 5: The Empire Strikes a Match.

Again, there are people who experience new things each day, and don’t spoil it for them. I’ll put a notice before the big thing.

The movie goes all in on the first part, taking us to the snowy biome of Hoth, and making one of the best battle sequences of all time. Why is the Battle of Hoth so good? Simple. The whole thing is designed by actual Norwegian Army veterans, who know how battles go. Unlike some artificial battle, this is planned in execution on both sides.

We see the first sparks of the Han/Leia relationship, and a really impressive sequence in an asteroid belt, that sets the bar on how character development goes. 

Meanwhile, Luke, encouraged by a vision, trains with Jedi Master Yoda after dealing with a somewhat annoying little gremlin, who audiences probably didn’t like. Surprise, that’s Yoda himself! Luke trains with Yoda, learning the ways of the force, but soon sees a vision of the future: his friends in pain. Against the wishes of Yoda and Obi-Wan’s Ghost, Luke leaves for Cloud City, to save his friends.

Speaking of which, they’ve run across Lando Calrissian, an old friend of Han’s, who’s hospitality is marred by the inconvenience of Imperial troops and Darth Vader having shown up to take Han, Leia, and Chewbacca hostage.

The real reason for this all, including the freezing of Han Solo in carbonite, is to lure Luke into a trap planned by Vader. An epic Lightsaber Duel between them, with Vader encouraging Luke to tap into his anger and fear, and become like Vader.

OK, if you want to avoid spoilers, skip to the words Luke escapes by the skin of his teeth, using Control+F. You’re being warned well in advance. Don’t see this if you want to experience the movie as normal. I AM SHOUTING TO INFORM YOU HOW SERIOUS THIS IS.

THE CRUCIAL TWIST IS HAPPENING IN SEVEN,

SIX,
FIVE,

FOUR,

THREE,
TWO,
ONE!

Then, Darth Vader cuts off Luke’s hand, and mentions that Obi-Wan never told him the truth about his father. Vader would know.

 

Not because Vader killed his father.

 

Because Vader is his father!

 

(In 1980, a young man hears all of this, and carries the trauma with him to the present day. We’ll see how he holds up in episode VII. Won’t we, Dad?)

THE SPOILER IS ENDING IN

SEVEN
SIX
FIVE
FOUR
THREE
TWO
ONE
ZERO!

Luke manages to escape by the skin of his teeth, as do Leia, Chewie, and Lando, who is now a good guy. Luke needs to repair a few wounds, and the film ends on Lando trying to find the now frozen Han Solo.

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The Force is strong with:

It’s perfect. The spiral of the prior film is intensified, and fractals of possibility emerge from the plotline, resulting in more and more spectacle, and the general improvements reinforce the whole thing.

Here’s just a few:

·         Han Solo is still on his game, and better than ever.

·         The Entire Battle of Hoth.

·         Luke’s Jedi Training.

·         The incredible things Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon do, from escaping a space worm to hiding on a Star Destroyer to surviving an Asteroid Field!

·         The Vader vs. Luke Duel.

·         The Big plot twist.

·         Finally, the fact that Lucas and his team filmed all of this, and none of it reached civilization, complete with the code name “Blue Harvest” on production crew, and only 5 people knowing about the big reveal before it hit theaters. Well done, guys!


The Dark Side lurks within:

I have next to nothing here.

No, really! My only complaint is the general issue of how absolute the Jedi are, and that is just something that’s rubbed me the wrong way since the prequels.

That’s it, dude! Nothing else to see!

The Jedi says:

To achieve a greater success, greatness is. Many strive for such to occur. Few have the focus. But this film does not try. It does, and well it does. The Force is strong here.

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! (10 out of 10)

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