Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Hello everyone! I’m going to see The Rise of Skywalker tonight! Here are my last minute thoughts on Return of the Jedi.

The Good

Score, Sound Track & Sound Effects

Just like in the previous 7 movies, the sounds in this one are spot-on. I really don’t have much to say that I haven’t already said multiple times.

The Mixed

Action

The action is some of the most divisive stuff in Return of the Jedi for me. On one hand, you’ve got some really cool land and space battles, and a powerful lightsaber duel between Vader & Luke. A lot of the action on Endor feels weird because it just doesn’t make sense to me that Ewoks can defeat Imperial Troops by hitting them with sticks and throwing rocks at them. Lastly, the final space battle felt like a repeat of the Death Star from A New Hope, cool but a little too familiar.

Special Effects

Like most of the original trilogy, all of the practical effects and puppets look awesome, unfortunately it just really emphasizes how bad the digital effects are. In one scene specifically, the camera is looking out the front of the Millennium Falcon and a ton of TIE Fighters just pop-in to screen. It was so noticeable that I had to pause and rewind to make sure that I caught that right. It shocked me that something like that in a movie of this magnitude made it into the Disney+ version of the movie.

The Bad

Story & Plot

I think that the story and plot are the weakest parts of Episode VI. Making Luke & Leia siblings never made any sense to me. Luke basically redeems Darth Vader by repeatedly saying “be good” and wears him down. Getting captured by the Ewoks, really all the subplots with the Ewoks, just feels off to me. It felt like they were trying to force the relevance of the Ewoks. One change that I actually think is good, during the end celebration sequence we see many more planets than just Endor, and I think it really helps to tie together the first 6 episodes.

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