Liz’s Flick Picks: Star Wars Return of the Jedi
By Liz Spencer
Movie: Star Wars Episode VI Return of the Jedi
Director: Richard Marquand
Rated: PG for Sci-Fi violence and mild language
Recommended: If you say yes to the following questions then this movie is definitely for you: Do you like teddy bears with spears? Yes. Blowing up more Death Stars? Yes. If your boss shot lighting from his fingertips and had anger issues, would you be so scared you wouldn’t be the one to give him bad news? Yes. If you said yes to any of these questions then this moive is recommended for you.
Mark Hamill- Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford- Han Solo
Carrie Fisher- Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams- Lando Calrissian
Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca
Ian McDiarmid- The Emperor
James Earl Jones- Darth Vader (voice)
Liz’s Flick Picks featuers the last Star Wars movie in the saga and that’s Return of the Jedi. Let’s get started.
Towards the end of the conflict between The Empire and the Rebel Alliance, Luke Skywalker (Hamill) is finally a Jedi Knight, and he goes to Jabba the Hutt to get Han Solo (Ford). They all head back to the Rebel Alliance. Meanwhile, the Empire has built a second Death Star, and the final showdown between Luke and Darth Vader (Jones) takes place.
Luke is all grown up. He’s not the idealistic kid that wanted to leave his home anymore. He’s a Jedi Knight and has matured. Luke takes on more responsibility. He creates an elaborate plan to rescue his old friend Han from the vile Jabba the Hutt. At times the plan seemed to have been falling apart, but in the end they got Han back.
Luke leaves his friends to confront Vader. Luke doesn’t hate his father despite all the things he’s done over the years including cutting off Luke’s hand. Luke has a belief that his father is still alive in Vader and almost risks himself getting killed in the process of proving that he was right.
I don’t mind the second Death Star. I really don’t. It lets the audience see another way of destroying a Death Star. You saw the first way with a lucky torpedo and the force. The second time ships go into the Death Star and blow it up from the inside. It’s a cool effect where the fire is just about to engulf the Millennium Falcon and the Falcon shoots out of the hole and behind it the Death Star blows up.
Darth Vader in the previous films was always the bad guy. He was the one choking his officers to death and was feared by everyone in the galaxy. The guy hasn’t been loved by anyone in years, and here comes his son who wants him to turn back.
Darth Vader’s redemption really shows the end of the war and the Empire. Darth Vader was the backbone of the Empire. He kept his soldiers in line. If they did something wrong he would just kill them. Darth Vader killed the Empire to save his son.
Darth Vader and Anakin Skywalker are important to the overall story because they may be one person in one sense, but they are completely different people. It shows the audience that there is some good in people who have done evil things.
Return of the Jedi ended the saga on a high note. Sure there was a second Death Star, but it only shows the Empire’s greed. It wants to control the galaxy just by blowing up random planets.
Well that raps it up for Liz’s Flick Picks look into the Star Wars Saga or part of it anyway. See you next week for Liz’s Flick Picks.
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