While the Galactic Empire attempts to build a second Death Star, the Rebel Alliance must rescue Han Solo from the evil Jabba the Hutt, and Luke Skywalker tries to bring his father back from the dark side.
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Originally thought to be the weakest of the first trilogy 'Jedi' actually holds up well in comparison. Despite the awful 'Ewok' subplot, which stills seems like a way to sell toys, 'Jedi's story is a well told series closer. In the end its an effects film not a performance film and delivers a satisfying wrap up....until now.
Has a handful of great scenes but deep down just a rehash of the good parts of the first two but none of the depth or metaphor. this is the beginning of the infantilization of modern american film culture and when the films became by-products of the toys rather than the other way around.This is when Lucas completely turned his back on his art. The turning point is here.
Odd to say but I find this film to be massively underrated. Sure, the Special Edition absolutely *murders* the Jabba's Palace sequence - to my eternal sadness - but moving past that, this is a fitting end to the trilogy. Mark Hamill is revealed as the glue that holds the entire series together. His plaintive reaction to Yoda's death (really, just a puppet when you think about it) is transcendent in the sci-fi genre.
Not as great as A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back, but a fitting end to the original trilogy. The ending is fantastic and fun in all its glory. The Ewoks don't bother me one bit. The hate towards them confuses me greatly. They give some much needed comic relief to the heavy storyline and they do so in a way that doesn't slow the movie down all that much.
The only scenes that really standout for me involve Jabba, and Luke's confrontation with Lord Vader and the emperor. Everything from the dialogue between Lando and Nien Nunb to the sexualization of Princess Leia feels shallow, and many of the characters feel like they're a cross between the muppets and Steven Spielberg's Hook. Episode IV and V hold up incredibly well, but Return of the Jedi is laughably bad at times.
Yes, Princess Leia in a bikini and Ewoks, but with every Star Wars movie the supposedly ruthless Empire look more and more like a bunch of dunderheads. Gleaming white uniforms in a forest? What a great idea!
Darth Vader’s redemption – and the climactic emotional confrontations in the darkness of the throne room that precede it – play on emotions built up across the entire saga, and powerfully so. Forever my favorite film in the series. It reminds us that at the core of a story populated with fascinating creatures, far-off worlds and ground-breaking special effects is a human story about one man's love for his son.
Demonstrates why narrative purity and simplicity is missed beyond the first film. As the narrative of the series unfurls, burdens are placed on the film to continue its story. So, the first act needs to be a stand-alone sequence freeing Han. There are a lot of fun beats in the Jabba's Palace sequence and beyond, but its emblematic of the strain and bulkiness of the film.