Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) – The Empire Falls…

“Return of the Jedi” is an underrated series from “Star Wars” franchise. And for some of it, people really disliked. Yet, it didn’t change the fact this is the worst of all. Well, anything people compared was better than “The Last Jedi”. As I grow up watching this series, “Return of the Jedi” seems to have a fatal drop from the story, plot, and conclusion. Rather than being dark, this was more of a cartoonish. People really complained about the previous series because of parents and children. Honestly, this is one of my most favorite series from the franchise. No matter people say about “The Empire Strikes Back, this is still one of my favorites.

The first opening scene opens with a battle shot sequence, same as in the original. The story takes place after Boba Fett captured Han Solo and sold him to Jabba the Hutt into the black market in Tatooine. On the other hand, The first opening scene opens with the second death star. Darth Vader got an introduction to the movie along with phenomenal John Williams‘ “The Imperial March”. It’s one of the most powerful theme songs ever. It’s like he has become a huge Empire of the army. The whole planets are really afraid of his existence.

The series starts with the slowest introduction ever to Luke Skywalker. It seems like George Lucas forced this introduction to Princess Leia and Chewbacca to met again with Han Solo. In addition, the scene jumps directly into the conclusion. Therefore, the audience would immediately be introduced by the main spotlight, the main protagonist. Now, Luke was not a kid anymore, not a young man who often let his emotions. He now his knowledge and he was the hero. While Boba is one of my favorite characters when I played the game as a kid, it feels ridiculous to instantly turned off this character. Fans really appreciated this character actually.

“Return of the Jedi” more focused on emotional conflict relationships between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, like a father and son. Luke had made it to him to turn into the light side. The movie also introduces Palpatine as the mastermind of the galaxy. I didn’t feel Darth Vader was even bowing to Palpatine, he thought he was stronger than Vader. Richard Marquand, along with Lawrence Kasdan and Lucas as the writer, directed this movie. There are lots of changes undergoes to renewals. But, it seems like this movie combines two narrative styles from its previous series. You should need to understand the whole wire; there is a red wire.

The movie has a slow tone. It’s more to a classic tale about a great war but it makes sense. In addition to many epic sagas, I just wonder why many people really hate Ewok. There was a reason why we hate Jar Jar Binks, why are Ewoks? I only saw a bunch of happy teddy bears do their own fun party. However, this is also what makes “Star Wars” feel different from the others. The battle on Endor planet between Ewoks and Stormtrooper feels like a cartoon. These Ewoks were so easy to kick Stormtroopers using any natural things such as rocks, logs, and other classic traps. There are reasons, back again, to parents and their kids. It’s more practical but still, there was an emotional moment than the dark tone in “The Empire Strikes Back“.

The lightsaber duel one on one fight isn’t really interesting but feels natural, emotional, with such a raw choreography. Precisely, there is teary emotions between them, a magnificent conclusion between the light and dark side. The movie wants to raise a nostalgic moment such as a friendly encounter between Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca. Looking back at the desert land from Tatooine was also a great way to keep remembering what “Star Wars” was. It’s like a hometown after a long misadventure. And just love Admiral Ackbar’s “it’s a trap” quote, one of the reasons why this movie is so memorable.

The conclusions really connect the line from the previous two series and “Return of the Jedi” seems like a happy ending movie, not really pretention, but could be one of the best conclusions. Williams’ score is so amazing, the visual effect, and this one of my most favorite series from all. No matter what people said, this one takes the whole cake.

4 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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