Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 1983 film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Story

This cleans up the loose threads of the other two movies and concludes the story in a satisfying way. It’s a little meandering and at times the philosophy is laughable.

Score: 0.5

Characters

The main characters are consistant and likeable. The secondary characters are good and the emperor is deliciously evil.

Score: 1

Dialogue

Cheesy and a little over the top but lot of fun with quips galore.

The emperor is wonderfully evil but his manipulations of Luke aren’t as clever as it’s made out to be.

Score: 0.5

Visuals and Music

The special effects from the original movie hold up well but like the other movies, the effects added digitally in the 2000’s don’t look as good. I’m also not a big fan of replacing Sebastian Shaw as the Anakin force ghost. I get the whole Anakin died when he became Vader but I don’t like it.

The music is amazing and I was particularly happy with the major-chord version of Vader’s theme that played when he died.

Score: 1

Fun

This movie remembers the hope of the first and gives us the happy ending needed. It’s only sad because of what we know about the sequel movies and how the characters never truly find happiness.

I love how all three movies are excellent at building a universe with so much depth without being overly confusing to the casual viewer.

The kids loved this one although they were a little confused about Vader’s motivations.

Score: 1

Overall

A wonderful way to end the series, filled with hope and fun. The movie is satisfying on it’s own and as a closing chapter to the trilogy.

Final Score: 4 Stars out of 5

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