IMDb Rating: 8,3/10
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: Richard Marquand
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
“Return of the Jedi” is an underrated series from “Star Wars” franchise and disliked for some people. Some people also love it but it didn’t change the fact that this is the worst of all. Well, anything that people compared is better than “The Last Jedi” which people assume that most of them said it. For me, “Return of the Jedi” seems to have a fatal drop from the story and the plot. This is more of a cartoonish where maybe some people complained about the previous series because of their children. Honestly, “Return of the Jedi” is one of my most favorite series of franchises. No matter people say of “The Empire Strikes Back” or anything that people agree that is the best “Star Wars,” this one is my favorites both when I first watched it and when I watched for the second times.
Darth Vader and the Empire are building a new, indestructible Death Star. Meanwhile, Han Solo has been imprisoned, and Luke Skywalker has sent R2-D2 and C-3PO to try and free him. Princess Leia – disguised as a bounty hunter – and Chewbacca go along as well. The final battle takes place on the Forest Moon of Endor, with its natural inhabitants, the Ewoks, lending a hand to the Rebels. Will Darth Vader and the Dark Side overcome the Rebels and take over the universe?
The first opening scene opened with a battleship shot scene same as in the original, “A New Hope.” A long short story, “Return of the Jedi” was set after Han Solo was captured by a bounty hunter Boba Fett and sold into the black market in Tatooine, Jabba the Hutt. The first opening scene opened with the second death star where Darth Vader as the first introduction along with John Williams‘ The Imperial March, Darth Vader’s powerfully theme as if Darth Vader had become one of the huge Empire of the army and the whole planets are afraid of its existence. This is the slowest introduction to Luke Skywalker which seems like it’s forced when Princess Leia and Chewbacca meet again with Han Solo. This scene wants to jump directly into the conclusions and therefore, viewers would be immediately introduced by the main spotlight, Luke Skywalker. Now, Luke is no longer a child who always lets his emotions or innocent children who didn’t really understand knowledge but Luke is one of the most badass Jedi. The scene where Boba Fett, which he is one of my favorite characters when I playing video games, feels ridiculous and it instantly turned off. In fact, Boba Fett is one of the characters most appreciated by everyone, both fans of “Star Wars” and casual ones.
The film is also more focused on an emotional conflict between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, how he had to persuade him to turn into the light side. The film will also introduce Palpatine as the person behind everything. When I first watched this film, I didn’t feel that Darth Vader was even bowing to Palpatine which it was certainly stronger than Darth Vader. Keep in mind, this movie was directed by Richard Marquand along with Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas as the writers. There are a lot of staff changes which it undergoes renewals. Although’s like that, “Return of the Jedi” combines two narrative styles from its previous series so that a red wire you should need to understand the previous series before watching this movie. Unlike “Revenge of the Sith,” this is a finale which determines how the “Star Wars” universe would come to “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
“Return of the Jedi” feels they lower its tone in this episode. This is more like a classic story of a great war which it makes that as the main point. In addition to some epic saga such as space battles and lightsabers, I just wonder why many people hate Ewok. Jar Jar Binks being hated for several reasons, but Ewoks? I only saw a bunch of teddy bears who were so happy to do their own party just for fun. However, this is also what makes “Star Wars” feel different from others. The battle on the Endor planet between Ewoks and Stormtrooper feels like a cartoon. These Ewoks are so easily beat the Stormtrooper using any natural things such as rocks, logs, and other classic traps. This also seems to me that the climax scene when Luke Skywalker opened the Darth Vader’s mask who was dying. It just felt broken and emotionless. Maybe because some parents who complained, it finally degraded the circumstances to be more humorous and brighter than in “The Empire Strikes Back” dark and psychological atmosphere.
The lightsaber final one on one fight between Luke and Vader isn’t really interesting and looks natural, with a normal choreography. More precisely, there is no choreography. But, their emotions are so teary and became a magnificent cover from the battle between the light and dark side. The film also wants to raise a nostalgia or intertextuality feeling in this movie such as a friendly encounter between Han Solo, Leia, and Chewbacca as it seems to be charming. Looking back at the desert land from the Tatooine planet is also one of the ways to start the “Star Wars” saga and it ’s like a hometown after a long misadventure. The story confession also feels like it has no impact on the previous series in terms of emotion without a strong intensity. Although like that, this film still gives a beautiful visual effect such as one of my favorite is the chasing scene at the Endor planet and the last mission destroying the second death star. Admiral Ackbar’s “it’s a trap” quote is one of the reasons why this movie is so memorable even many thoughts are made into a pop culture in it. Take the example of “Family Guy.”
“Return of the Jedi” seems to come out from a pretty disappointing for the storytelling style which seems like childish and cartoonish. Unlike the previous series, Richard Marquand as a director also added one that made this film more interesting in terms of cinematography and visual effects. With the conclusion that connects a line from the previous two series, “Return of the Jedi” is like a happy ending movie which isn’t too pretentious but can be one of the main conclusions. The John Williams ‘score is amazing in this movie especially when the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s theme songs are put together into a single score. However, “Return of the Jedi” became one of my most favorite of all series, no matter what people said, this one takes the whole cakes.