Rewatch: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

return of the jedi

Released: 5/25/1983

I’ve always wondered how much time passed between the end of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.  Luke has matured immensely since the last time we saw him (and immeasurably since he was a whiney farmhand on Tatooine.)  Did he return to complete his training with Yoda?  (But there was a later scene when he did return that implies that he didn’t).  If he didn’t return, how did he complete his training?  It is something that has always bugged me, but I always liked Luke’s maturation through the films – it’s such a large part of the story.

How can you not love the Ewoks?  Cute and cuddly, and ultimately responsible for the downfall of the Empire.  A mighty empire brought down by sticks and stones – literally!  Perhaps the Emperor couldn’t foresee such primitive beings aiding the rebels (not only aiding, but turning the tide against the Empire).  There is some kind of message there, I’m not sure what it is, but there it is.

Return of the Jedi is my least favorite of the original trilogy.  It wasn’t as groundbreaking and awe-inspiring as A New Hope.  It didn’t have the sheer entertainment value of Empire Strikes Back.  As a conclusion to the trilogy, though, it did have some major points in its favor — the maturation of Luke Skywalker, the redemption of Anakin Skywalker, and the downfall of the evil empire, plus the lovable Ewoks.

Bring on Force Awakens!

WWYT Rating: 8.5

IMDB Rating: 8.4


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