A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….
The sixth, and third, ‘Star Wars’ film in the saga titled ‘Return of the Jedi’. Luke Skywalker is on a mission to save Han from Jabba the Hutt, who also captures Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2, but Luke is now stronger than ever, now a Jedi knight, he must defeat Jabba to save his friends. However, the Galactic Empire is building a new Death Star (which is ridiculous because it failed the first time), but the Emperor is there now, pursuing Luke to join the dark side.
While I thought ‘A New Hope’ was a solid entry, with ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the best entry of the whole saga, so far; ‘Return of the Jedi’ is good, but has a lot of issues, more so than the other films in the original trilogy. I am ignoring the music scene with these out of place CGI creatures, singing and dancing, despite the scene being a brutal and dark scene, but made that scene comedic, in a bad way, but I won’t factor that scene in my review, since it wasn’t part of the original theatrical release.
The film starts off strong, with Jabba the Hutt scenes really well executed, with the exception of some elements like Bobba Fett, and the scene with Yoda was pretty emotional, but also added layers to the character and his relationship with Luke. Simply put, Yoda is the best.
However, while I don’t hate the Eworks, but the film slows down after the racer fight between Luke, Leia and some Stormtroopers. The film becomes slower than it needs to be, and while the battle scenes towards the end were good, it just went for a lot longer than I think it really needed to be.
However, the lightsaber duel between Luke, Darth Vader and the Emperor was very well executed, and was one of my favourite scenes in this film, and the trilogy overall, as it adds uncertainty whether Luke will join the dark side with Darth Vader or will he defeat Vader, and fulfil the prophecy.
While ‘Return of the Jedi’ is a good film, the Eworks stall the film more than they should, and an uneven tone between cutesy and violent, however there are elements that are strong with this one, which makes a satisfying conclusion to the original trilogy, but you kind of wish it was stronger, like the previous film ‘The Empire Strikes Back’.