Skywalker returns to were it all began, (Tatooine) so that he can end it. Final film in the Star Wars Saga.
*those helmets on the death star, remind me of Spaceballs.
*I did not know the trolls from Ernest Scared Stupid were in this!
Unlike the last two films, New Hope & Empire Strikes Back. This film is driven by elements that are not in it's feature length duration, it is rather driven by an epic story that begun with New Hope (1977) and then essentially continued brilliantly by Empire Strikes Back (1980) and ended by the final half and hour of Return of The Jedi, it did not have it. The Scope and feel from it's original films when it needed it so badly for the last moments of this amazing Saga. A lack-luster, continued finale film instead of another brilliant chapter in the Saga, that seemed to be easily created with the previous films.
The Death Star has been almost restored completely and is close to being much more powerful then it was before. Luke (Mark Hamill) and Leia (Carrie Fisher) and there droid friends, return to Lukes home planet, Tatooine to save Han-Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba the Hut, who's debt was nearly payed back in the Empire Strikes Back, but Luke needed saving.
Luke is now a Jedi Knight, his training with old and dying Yoda (Frank Oz) is finished all that is needed now is for him to face Vader, to become a Jedi Master.
After Leia fails to get Han-Solo out of the den after releasing him from his imprisonment in Carbonite. New and improved Luke Skywalker walks in and outwits Jabba and saves his friends with his new Jedi Skills.
Now the group from the beginning, a long time ago now: Luke, Leia, Solo and R2D2 & C3P-0 and of course Chewie, must fulfill there goal of defeating the evil of The Empire once and for all. The fight has begun it is up to there will to win and Luke's final battle with his Father to decide who will be victorious in the Star Wars Saga.
Something is wrong, something changed, different. The look, maybe the filter or the film they used or a different production team or maybe the new director (Richard Marquand) who has not worked since writing Nowhere to Run. Just of skew, but not destroying the film, but it is noticeable.
When Yoda said, "There's another.", in this film and Empire Strikes Back, the fans thought he meant Han-Solo, but of course we all know now it is Leia, who has the force like her brother.
Jabba the Hut's scenes in his den were a very sad intro the films last installment, that could have worked if they tried little less on the aliens and harder on the characters, like Leia in that two piece- the lime light was on the poorly constructed alien costumes and if you watched the re-mastered version, that silly frog-singing woman. I know it was meant to be the scum of the galaxy, but they could have made them a little better to look at.
The actors aging in this film may have something to do with its look, but not why it was not as good as the others films. They were not old but aged certainly, I can't wait to see them in the new ones being much older, J.J. Abrams has some work to do.
It may have Carrie Fisher in a sexy bikini, that made geeks and fans around the world even more attune to there fertile desire for there favorite princess, and it has Boba-Fett's last moments before being digested for an thousand years, and the emperor scene with Darth and Luke, that literally makes the film, but there's something care-free that comes across. A dully-like production when it needed to be tighter and bigger then ever in the Saga. A franchise is only as grand and epic as its final moments, although the film was good, it was missing that big, KA-BOOM. A bad space-version of a Spy Kids movie it felt like. A good film, but as a finale film not as great as it should of been. It needed to be great or brilliant like its predecessors.
The Empire Strikes Back sets back into the mold created by the first film, with cool precision and action-paced dramatic performance.
If I didn't miss something from Star Wars: New Hope, the force telekinesis is first introduced in this enthusing sequel. Which automatically makes the film brilliant. It's fairly obvious after the un-imaginable success of the first Star Wars Lucas had all these character's he had not even introduced or referenced, just in case the first film got to complicated. The sequel reveals all from his magnetized creative mind onto us. They introduce, Yoda in this film and Ton Tons, The Emperor has a more longer appearance and of course the big twist is revealing at the end. It capitalizes on the already brilliant, original movie, better costumes, cooler-reflecting Vader mask- probaby the most important thing. Everything just gets pimped, by everyone involved in this film (Irvin Kershner directing and a new band of writers expanding Lucas's universe- Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasden). Making the film way better.
But I believe, and always will that the original, in any film series, will always be the best. But honestly this film is a way better film then New Hope and one of the best sequels ever made!
The struggling Rebellion have been forced to another planet after destroying the Death Star, by the Empire's military forces. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the Rebellion including Han-Solo (Harrison Ford) are on Hoth, an icy alternate planet from desert like Tatooin were Luke came from.
On the planet Luke gets taken by a Yeti like monster (it's Universe name is unknown to me, but it is Star Wars so I am sure there a name for it somewhere). Han-Solo is in the middle of leaving the Rebellion to pay off his debt to Jabba the Hut before he comes to regret not doing it sooner, but his leaving is put aside as he finds on the search outside with Luke, that Luke has not returned. Han-Solo must find him soon and save him from Subzero temperatures or worse. After Successfully saving him....
"And I thought they smelled bad.. on the outside."
... one of the many Droids sent into the space to find Luke Skywalker locates him on Hoth- obsessed Darth Vader sends a small army of Troopers out to naturalize the Rebels and capture Luke.
After kicking the ass out of an Army of troops, Han-Solo and Leia (Carrie Fisher) escape the clutchs of the Starship Troopers in the Millennium and Luke in his Rough fighter begins his journey to the Dagobah system to begin his Jedi training with the greatest and one of the last Jedi's alive, Yoda (Frank Oz).
The Milinium Falcon is hunted across space by Darth Vader. After exasperating there search with no results, Darth sends a Bounty Hunter Boba-Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) after them.
Before finishing his intense-training with Jedi Master Yoda, Luke gets a premonition, like the one his father had gotten when he begin his descent into the dark side.
To save his friends from death he has to defeat Darth Vader. But can he do it without finishing his Jedi training!
All those force chokes-to-death Admiral's must get annoying to dispose of afterwards!
I am gonna use this film to admire and recognize John Williams grand work on the soundtrack in all the films, even the prequels his work is just as good as it is in these films. Williams tells a story with his music. On screen each person has there own theme, the rebels have there (feel-good and bouncy) while the evil Darth and Emperor have the iconic theme music for the bad guys (dark-morthic, drums). A lot of his Music in Spielberg's films and Lucas's Star Wars trilogy sound kinda alike, but it pours so much into the films that cant be done with actors, the films would be fine without his music but his music is what makes them brilliant.
I hope the next, next Star Wars (Episode 8: Rough One) wont be about the fighter pilots. It has 'Rough' in the title, in this film the Rough is a group of Star-ship cruisers designed to fight in battle, like the RAF or something. The Star Wars film never, ever bore me, each second is golden, but if I were asked to say when it comes close to boring me, it would the Rough fighters scene in the cockpits they are the only time it gets close to boring me.
In my reviews for the prequels I say they are to friendly. Just compare this film with any of them, that statment does not make sense because they are not in the same ball-park but.... The Empire Strikes Back has bloody-slicing saber to a dead wookies chest, sexual references ("don't get exited, Princess."). Things the prequels did not touch with a ten-foot poll.
Way back when! When they needed an alien or robot, they had real people do something more creative then computer animation to make them come to life. I'm talking about Frank Oz's great puppet work for Yoda.
Best scene in this film, for mu-ah. Is inside the asteroid-cave, "It's no cave." Then they just make through the mouth of the monster in the Millennium Falcon, some sappy-type would argue it's Leia and Solo's dialogue before getting frozen. Does it not show how great a film is, when I can quote it endlessly.
Brilliant, probably even more brilliant then the first but I can't cheat on the film that created the whole thing. If the next is as good as I remember I will transcend the rating from this to that one.
As soon as the Storm Troopers came in, through the slide-doors, after they blasted it with there 70's laser effects, and they emerged from the misty smoke of alien mist, I knew all that was well in the galactic empire and the Star Wars was back!
I can totally see the design of the Trooper's helmets being based on the Samurai Armour, because of the inspiration George Lucas got from Jidaigeki. A Japanese film genre, a western version of the Japanese films.
"Set lasers to Stun!", right from the Trek.
Plans for the evil Empires Death Star (Destroyer of Planets) are in the possession of Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer)- shes passes them off to the two most lovable droids in film history, before Sith Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) finds & prisons her.
R2D2 and C3-P0 get off the captured star-ship with the plans and make it to the desert ridden planet of Tatooin. On the planet they are both captured and enslaved to the sand people, but by blind chance they get brought by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Thanks to sub-par R2D4. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) takes Luke and his new droid friends with him to make sure the important Death Star plans get to the rebels, and like his father he will teach him the ways of the force.
The Republic order has been completely liquefied by the Emperor, he no longer holds a Council- he takes complete control, with his Death Star he controls the Galactic Empire like a dictatorship.
The Death Star Captures Han-Solo (Harrsion Ford) & his band of friends, Skywalker and his droids. After successfully escaping with Princess Leia. The most unexpected group of friends are the leading force in taking back the Empire and restoring The Republic.
I wish I had watched the original, un-remastered film for this review, for my blog. It does not ruin the film but it reminds me of the prequels bad special effects.
After Han-Solo is introduced in the the bar there's no need to review how brilliant this film is. With all the ingredients the film just goes on to excite, move and above all entertain whoever is watching,
I hate to argue its re-storing, over and over, like a angered fan, but it takes away the filmmakers hard-efforts to make a film that was a hundred years ahead of it's time- those hard working men and woman efforts are dis-honored each time there's a pointless CGI alien in the background. The only thing good about the re-master was the infamous Storm Trooper who bumps his helmet on the slide-door that was just a little to low. They added a sound effect to it and a murmur from the victim, funny for once Lucas.
One thing I like about the prequels, if thou adds them to the equation; R2D2 & C3-P0 'know' everything; they 'know' Anakin is Darth and they had witnessed the fall of the Jedi and the termination of The Republic, they may have had there memory banks deleted but they were there to see it at least, a cool idea I thought.
Only thing about the original films that angers me is that I was not there to be a part of the phenomenal sensation that spread across the world and language barrier. The new films Disney are pumping out to make Star Wars dough, wont even come close to generate that type of first-hand experience. It changed cinema, like many have before and many more to come.
This Star Wars has a more faily tale story then the rest (saving the princess from evil or prison)
Greatest moment, Obi-Wan realizes Luke is the chosen one not Anakin, in the middle of his battle with Vader. When he becomes a Force Ghost, so sensitive to his force, he denies Death and is able to live on.
A brilliant film, Simply! It's impact, unspeakable, but strong, like the force.
Why didn't the the Death Star shoot down the Millennium Falcon when it appeared first time, just another ship, Why tractor beam it in. Everyone has a geeky question, this film is better then questions, just enjoy it.
Already into the third film and still no saving grace from the prequels. It has it's action going for it, but the acting has been abysmally lost from the first film, no direction except a delivery of lines like that out of a low-budge sci-fi.
Turning these films into PG approved movies for children instead of the soap opera masterpiece's like its predecessors were.
This is what I was thinking throughout the duration of the film, I have seen the series before; so I knew the epic-ness that was coming my way if I just stick in there a little longer. I don't know a film series I rate on respect, instead of how good it is. I now know, like everyone else, why Lucas made those dreadful excuses of great re-imagining of his series. Picture the scene, it's night mid-90's George Lucas awakes in a wet-sweat, unsure whether he is really awake or still roaming in slumberland, because he figured out an amazing, catastrophically brilliant ending to a prequel he has not even written yet. I am trying to say this film saves it self with it's amazing ending.
Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is being kept hostage by Droid Separatists , Supreme Commander Greivous. Two Jedi Knights (Obi-Won & Anakin) must save Palpatine from the General. After Swiftly saving him- a warm welcome awaits the victorious Jedi Knight's. Anakin and Padme are in a heavy love affair, a secret one. They secretly wedded at the end of The Attack of The Clones. Padme is pregnant. Anakin gets a sinister premonition of a possible future were having the baby *baby's, will kill his beloved Padme. This one thought of losing her, sets in motion a steady, and dark decent into destinies arms. The Sith Lord has big plans for young Anakin and his children will hold greater dates with destiny then any one could have possibly imagined.
The fall of the Mighty Jedi Council and the smoldering creation of Darth Vader.
It's one liners are corny, and off putting in the beginning. One in every six work without sending anger-venom pulsing into the main vain. The CGI spam from the other films follows with a breeding frenzy, it's neither better nor worse then the other special effects, but it is noticeable when the actors are in front of a green screen.
The force. A trivial subject in the prequels that get life revitalized back into it with this film. Senator Palpatine is explaining to curious Anakin how Darth Sidious (a powerful and great Sith Lord) could bring back the dead and prolong life. Sparking Anakin's brilliantly performed and executed journey to becoming Darth Vader, played by Hayden Christenson. Unlike the others, there is an actual scene that is the best and in my opinion the best scene in the prequel Trilogy.
The Sith Lord has been revealed. Jedi Master Mace Windu (Samuel L. Jackson) and Anakin are split between whether to kill or take the Sith Lord to the Jedi Council. Without spoiling a film that has been out for nearly a decade now, Anakin does not allow Mace to kill his new Master.
All the other films should have been this good, Revenge of The Sith is average, but it is the best one. The First film is a full-blown kids film. The second is still very much targeted at snot-nosed kids who don't know the difference between Jedi or Sith, but is abundantly better and more enjoyable, especially it's action. This one, the third, merely a good action drama. but for any one who have seen the originals before, it is expanded by fan-ism, making the most coolest person Geek out.
This film is everything the prequels should of been and it is still so wrongly portrayed in the beginning. It starts like the rest, but goes darker more Gothic, but not to much to the point of emo type of goth. A good film for once, but still shows its fugly-ness, don't matter how much C3-P0, Darth Vader, Yoda or Chew-Bacca are flaunted on the screen to tangle our hearts strings. But a fucking amazingly geeky ending, that made me question my harsh approach to the first film, only for a few second, until I heard Jar Jar open is mouth. Good film.
My memory did not fail me, it improves from the last film from the first frame to the last. I was thinking, should I rate this 4 stars for my blog, then flashed by in my head all at once, badass yoda fighting Count Dracula! Obi-Wan fighting Boba-Fett's dad, better effects, epic Jedi vs an Army battle, yeah I can give it some sympathy rating.
I don't completely understand the politics of the film, but I have an average IQ to understand what they are on about half the time. The action is revamped, the special effect are still exploited, twice as much as a matter of fact. Somehow it look's a hell'uva lot better. Hayden Christenson who plays a few grow-spouts older Anakin Skywalker, speaks like somebody has his testicles in a vise, every time he speaks they tighten it. I don't know if that was a performance choose, but it definitely didn't work. The role did suite him well, it was just hard to actually like him, which is fundamental to understand how he becomes, who he becomes.
Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan) brings that humor Lucas could not capture in the failure that was Episode 1. McGregor takes over the film easily from Liam Neeson's departure, which is no surprise with a supporting cast that don't have a clue what they are doing with there roles.
The peaceful alliance of the galaxy in Phantom Menace, ten years ago, has fallen apart because of a treaty created by Count Dooku, played by legendary Hammer horror Dracula, Christopher Lee- who gets an awesome showdown with Yoda (Frank Oz) at the end- one of the reasons I give this film a slight-overrating. The Queen and Senator Padme are trying to gain the vote to give the Republic an army to protect themselves from the collapse of over seven-thousand Galactic empires, who are leaving the council. The Queen get's assassinated, that drive's the need for the vote for a Republic Army even more. Anakin takes Padme to her planet of Naboo, while Obi-Won investigates a Galaxy system that is not in the Jedi archives. What will he find? The Clones, just what the republic needed. But whom knew they needed such a mighty army?!
Everyone likes giving George Lucas shit, he screwed up. But once and a while you need to sit back and look at in awe of what come out of his imagination. A whole spectrum of worlds, not just planetary or galactic worlds a massive-undying fictional Multi-Verse. why I choose this Star Wars film to give him credit for what he has created, I don't know, but that's what I felt while watching a lot better sequel-prequel. I cant help but feel bad, that Disney is no longer following his outlines he drawn for them to use in the new film with the contract to sell the saga to them.
Anakin is a moody little baby-bitch, granted. But he nails it in that scene with Padme were he talks about killing the woman and children of the sand-camp. His poor dialogue is suppressed like a silencer on a faulty-Uzi after that scene, really saves the actor a littl from fans or reviewers like me to pin the blame on the un-natural enjoyment of his performance.
Fact is, be it time or skills there is and always will be something missing from these prequels, that were so present in the originals. Be it characters like Han-Solo or Luke- whatever it is, it's only touched in this film, never grasped or captured. If the characters stopped talking in the middle of the great action scene's and let it talk for itself or no cutting away from one good scene to a bad one frequently, if only. A better look at a great set of films, that are really bad.