Title: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Director: Richard Marquand Year: 1983 Run time: 2hrs 14m
“Experience the triumph of the Force in Return of the Jedi. In the epic conclusion of the saga, the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a more powerful Death Star while the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the space station. Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader in a final climactic duel before the evil Emperor.”
3:56 - “Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.” Eeeek. 9:42 - Jabba is fatter than ever. Living the good life not so good for him. 13:16 - These bar type party scenes with all the aliens do make me think of Men in Black. 20:57 - Oh, Princess, what have you walked into? 23:28 - Friends reference at last. Princess Leia and the Gold Bikini. 28:49 - “How we doin?” “Same as always.” “That bad, huh?” 32:04 - It’s the desert stomach! From my childhood nightmares! 39:26 - The emperor has an incredible evil laugh. 45:12 - Awwww, Yoda. 46:28 - “From a certain point of view.” 50:59 - He may not have discussed it with his girlfriend. 54:03 - “It is of no concern.” I bet it is. 1:03:11 - Oh my, a giant Mogwai thing. WANT. 1:10:52 - That’s going to do his ego the world of good. Bah. 1:15:22 - Tasered Ewok. Cute! 1:21:22 - There’s good in him, except the bit where he chopped off his hand and threw him into oblivion. 1:39:11 - War, Ewok style, is brilliant! 1:48:50 - The ‘I love you,’ ‘I know,’ thing is cute. 1:53:05 - Sister rage. 1:56:58 - Vader rage. 2:05:57 - There are such beautiful colours across these planets.
Finally, the one and only scene that I remembered! And actually there were a couple of other scenes that rang weird bells in my head, so perhaps I have seen more of Star Wars previously than I thought. Regardless, it was only this time that it made any sense.
Hideous Jabba, Princess Leia and her bikini, all those excellent Ewoks, it’s great fun. By this point, I was getting a bit annoyed by Chewy, the loyal Wookie is lovely but basically spends three films making an irritating crying noise, so I was done by the third.
Somehow, even though Star Wars culture has been rubbing off on me for my entire life, I always figured Vader was the big bad. It was really interesting to see the turn of events in this one, the continuing twists and turns and how the saga eventually resolves itself.
Overall, I really loved all three films. They may not have aged expertly, but I know that I’m spoiled to see digital reconstructions instead of some of the original crackly film. It’s the story that makes the difference, and the influence it had on the rest of cinema. I want to rewatch them already, and oh boy, it’s going to be a lot of fun for Star Wars references to make sense in the future.