After a terrific setup it all falls apart. Cute teddy bears, villains with a change of heart, another Death Star and a cute "happy ending" even for dead characters. Mostly good effects as always, but the blue screen chase in a forest looks fake even for 1983. Satisfying hero moments for all the cast as well, except for Leia, who only gets to wear THAT BIKINI being a sex-object for any "Star Wars" nerd afterwards.
The original opening along with interior Death Star scenes are among the finest of the franchise. And even Endor ambush has its moments but mostly feels like another movie that was made for TV and was forcibly mashed together with otherwise epic conclusion. Make-up effects and stop motion are at their peak along with fully developed protagonists, antiheroes and villains. Flawed classic.
For all its faults, I love it still. It may not have the depth of "The Empire Strikes Back," but it does rival "A New Hope" as a piece of quality fantasy entertainment. It may have the thinnest plot of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, but it still has plenty of emotion and excitement nonetheless. Many of the special effects are dated, but rarely to the point where it takes you out of the film.
A dumb ending to a dumb story. An onslaught of ugly, dull muppet things. Several overlong and forgettable action sequences. A story so thin it's barely a story. And a climax that goes for an emotional pay off it hasn't remotely begun to earn and wouldn't be that satisfying even if it had. Minus the nostalgia, there's very little here to recommend. It gets a C- PS - C3PO is still annoying as fuck.