"Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #134 Gem Mint 10.0

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

Director: Richard Marquand

Writer: George Lucas & Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Warwick Davis, Kenny Baker, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Sebastian Shaw, Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley

Rated: PG for sci-fi action violence

Runtime: 2h 11min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Country: United States | United Kingdom

Language: English

Available on: Disney+

"After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap."

You might like this if you like: Science Fiction, Space, George Lucas, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Superheroes, Epics, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Jeremy Bulloch, Kenneth Colley, Frank Oz, Akira Kurosawa, Samurai, Knights, 'Flash Gordon'

Jeremy Bulloch in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983)

I might get some hate for this, but this might take the cake for my favorite ‘Star Wars’ film and has kind of been since I was a kid.

I’ve always loved this one for its variety in scenery. I really loved going from the desert, to space and to a forest and more in between. It felt the biggest to me as a kid and as the years went on it just felt like the one that THEY thought would be the final one. It just sort of emits that magic to me when I watch it.

Anthony Daniels (left) & Carrie Fisher (bottom, right) in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983)

We get, maybe my favorite, version of 'Luke Skywalker' and 'Boba Fett' in action. I really do love the green lightsaber. 'Jabba the Hut' is just pure classic.

I do feel this is the best Carrie Fisher performance as 'Princess Leia'. I hate that it happens to also be the one where she’s dressed in a way that I know she didn’t feel fully comfortable with (her autobiography ‘The Princess Diarist’ is beautiful), and is just unnecessary, but for her opening scene in this movie alone is phenomenal and one of my favorites.

Mark Hamill & Harrison Ford in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983)

The entire 'Rancor' and 'Jabba' part is one of my favorite moments in cinematic history. We get to see so many characters in 'Jabba’s Hut', it’s like a buffet for the creative side of my mind. So many characters in this film in particular have shaped my love, my views and other art forms that I love. Those boar / pig guards are some of my favorite characters I’ve ever seen.

The part I think people will hate me for, is I didn’t mind the 'Ewoks'. In fact.. I actually like them. Although, only this year (2021), I found out they almost went with a planet of 'Wookiees' instead of 'Ewoks' and that would’ve been a lot more interesting, but at 28 years old I don’t think I care too much. I feel like we got some of that in “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” (2005) with getting to see planet 'Kashyyyk'; home of the 'Wookiees'.

Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983)

I think what I just loved so much was that entire battle sequence. It’s one of the best of all time I think. I also just was really obsessed with the look of the scout troopers and their bikes! There were just so many creative treasures for me to feast on, and in the third act alone!

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

It feels like the most fun and epic ending that I always wanted. I think I’ve always loved really good third films of franchises. It’s subjective, I know, but I’m just letting you know. I don’t love all, I can think of many I don’t like, but for ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, even ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy (specifically the R-Rated Extended Cut which I f***ing love). It’s the climax of the two previous films in a way as well, just making it all the more epic in my mind. I can’t tell you how many times I watched this one, and the others growing up and still to this day.

Written by Sam Gall on 08/01/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

""Return of the Jedi," the final act of George Lucas' first "Star Wars" trilogy, is the best one yet." - Michael Blowen, Boston Globe

"Like Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, this film is a lot of fun -- colorful, energetic to the point of being manic, good-humored and full of marvelous invention." - People Magazine

"It's everything it ought to be -- glorious, exhilarating, exciting, absorbing, technically wondrous. But there also is something bittersweet in the knowledge that, with Jedi, we are bidding a fond farewell to all of the characters we got to know so well." - Rena Andrews, Denver Post

"With this last of the central Star Wars cycle, there is the sense of the closing of a circle, of leaving behind real friends. It is accomplished with a weight and a new maturity that seem entirely fitting, yet the movie has lost none of its sense of fun." - Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

"Among the cinema's most iconic villains — the Wicked Witch of the West; Hannibal Lecter; Nosferatu… — Vader's story arc stands strikingly alone in its climax." - Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide

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