Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

Movie Title: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

Year Released: 1983

Rated: PG

Runtime: 2h 16min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Director: Richard Marquand

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz, Ian McDiarmid, James Earl Jones

Review: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) battles horrible Jabba the Hut and cruel Darth Vader (David Prowse) to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) reaffirm their love and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), the Ewoks and the androids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is the final installment in the Star Wars main trilogy. While it doesn't quite live up to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, it's still a worthy finale to a truly epic trilogy. This film takes a little longer to get going than its predecessors, but it's still a lot of fun. The Ewok storyline is a little cheesy, and more geared towards children, but I did really enjoy the setting of Endor. A large portion of this film takes place on the forest moon of Endor, and in my opinion, it's one of the more fun settings that the Star Wars universe explores. The Ewoks that inhabit Endor are pretty juvenile, but I can't help but be entertained by the all of the theatrics that made Star Wars so great in the first place. Not to mention, the struggle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader between good and evil is something that is both fun and captivating. If these three movies were the only editions in the Star Wars universe, that would honestly be fine by me. That said, I'm a big Star Wars nerd, and I welcome any and all entries for better or worse. With Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, you'll certainly find better, but you'll also find worse. As a sum of its parts, the original Star Wars trilogy is the best ever, and you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't watch this film.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up Emperor Palpatine and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Darth Vader, reflecting his return to the Light Side of the Force.


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