Return of the Jedi (1983) Movie Review
“You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.”
The last installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, the rebels are facing new threats in the final stage of the battle of the Galactic Empire. Held loose by enemies, the rebels must save each other and battle it out in order to corrupt the evil power of the Empire as well as the evil Darth Vader.
Let’s get this point across: is Return of the Jedi as good as Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back? No. But that doesn’t stop it from being one hell of an unforgettable ride, full of action, emotion and adventure to conclude the great original series of Star Wars.
The cast does a great job once again, and the characters are still iconic and memorable as ever. The new villain, Jabba the Hut, is great. He is used perfectly, and manages to be a crazy yet worthwhile addition. They use his big size to their advantage, but Darth Vader will always be the best villain. And he returns with evil, power and an epic final battle between our main protagonist and our main antagonist. All of the characters are developed, interesting and carry the story forward in all of the right ways. It’s so great to see Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker return in fighting form. The look at the Dark Side that the film takes is done really well, and it sends off the original trilogy really well.
Lucas does it again, this time with more of a fun tone. This does make the film less of a cinematic masterpiece compared to it’s predecessors, but it is still one adrenaline filled ride full of emotion and action. The directing is great once again, with beautiful wide shots of space and the planets filling the void of Star Wars beauty. All of the set pieces, designs and use of practical effects with the costumes is great. Also, the film is visually stunning in every way, and like it’s predecessors, manages to live up to this day.
The screenplay is written very well, and fits what this film needs to be quite well. The score was only solid this time around. The classical amazing themes are back, but this time have been edited with to the point where it doesn’t sound quite as good. That really is my only affecting flaw the film. And sure, it isn’t a masterpiece by any terms, but it is still a masterful Star Wars movie that works on many levels. I just wish it could stand a bit more on it’s own, like the other two.
While a bit underwhelming, alas– it still is Adrenaline fueled, action-packed and full of entertainment. Return of the Jedi concludes the original trilogy with action, emotion and the return of the characters that we have grown to love and admire.
Final Rating: 9.1/10