30 March 2014

Star Wars Episode VI The Return of the Jedi

Star Wars Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi 1983
  • Director: Richard Marquand
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones (Darth Vader’s voice), Ian McDiarmid
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Harrison Ford – The Fugitive, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones. Working Girl, The Mosquito Coast, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Witness
    • Carrie Fisher – When Harry Met Sally, Blues Brothers
    • Billy Dee Williams – Lady Sings the Blues
    • Alec Guinness  A Handful of Dust, Kafka, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge over the River Kwai, Oliver Twist
  • Why? Liked it the first time. It’s a classic
  • Seen:  Once before.  Now: March 28, 2014
       Oh, all right. Since I’m not expecting profound existentialism this time, I guess it’s not as bad as The Empire Strikes Back.  Um.  Well.  The flying motorcycle things through the forest are a bit cool.
       The creatures are either fat, gross, yucky, porcine Muppet mutants or cute cuddly Ewokese speaking teddy bears. Luke is not in the least convincing as a powerful Jedi and Han is as annoying as always, although he actually says, “I’m sorry” once and means it.  After a short stint as a bikini clad sex slave Leia is quite the toughie here. And Luke’s sister!
       I forget to notice that there’s no story to speak of and grudgingly admire the seemingly infinite variety of silly creatures and adventures.
       Oh-oh, Leia just got soppy when reunited with Han. But she does have the Power. The Force is with her.
       Low tech beats high tech. Good defeats Evil.  All is right with the world. Galaxy. Universe. Whatever.
       Now just the prequels left.

2  * of 5


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