Bookmarking it for my future reference!
At 25th May of 1983, the movie "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" was released.
"Star Wars" - the trilogy that marked and changed cinema forever, that gave George Lucas an huge success, and in this last chapter Lucas once again ask the help of Lawrence Kasdan on the script and delivery the direction to Richard Marquand. After "Star Wars: A New Hope" redefined science fiction, and "The Empire Strikes Back" redefined "Star Wars", it's hard to believe that the third and final film of the original trilogy can manage to be as good as the other two, but this one really does a nice job.
'Return of the Jedi' picks up an unspecified time after the conclusion of 'The Empire Strikes Back.' Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher), Lando (Billy Dee Williams), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and the droids (Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker) are on a rescue mission to Luke's home planet of Tatooine. Their aim: to save Han (Harrison Ford) from the clutches of Jabba the Hutt.
Once this goal is attained, it's back to outer space, where the Rebel alliance is about to face the Empire's newest threat: a second, more powerful Death Star, that, if activated, could spell doom for anyone who stands against the Emperor.
So, while the fleet prepares for the final battle, Luke and company travel to the forest moon of Endor to knock out the shield that defends the Death Star against all attacks. There, they are befriended by the Ewoks, the teddy bear-like indigenous race, and Luke, fearing that his presence is endangering the group, turns himself over to Vader.
'Return of the Jedi' has some interesting elements. The Luke/Vader/Emperor scenes are suitably tense and well-acted, and, if the resolution isn't a complete surprise, at least it's a little more original that it could have been. From a technical point-of-view, the space battles are amazing, easily dwarfing anything depicted in the previous films. Not only are there many, many more ships, but their speed and range of movement have been dramatically improved.
On one level, 'Return of the Jedi' is almost worth watching for the special effects. In the Special Edition, a new, equally repugnant dance number has been added to the Jabba the Hutt scene. Additionally, there are some impressive touches tacked onto the ending. Once again, while the improvements don't significantly alter the viewing experience, they're fun to spot.
The acting in 'Return of the Jedi' is stronger than in the previous films. By now, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all matured in their on-screen personas. The chemistry amongst the trio is terrific, with the only awkward moments coming during the Luke/Leia conversations when they discuss their origins. As in Empire, Billy Dee Williams gives us another human hero to root for. Newcomer Ian McDiarmid plays the Emperor as a suitably creepy, cunning, and evil creature, although he's not as imposing as Vader was in Star Wars.
The film grossed over $475 million worldwide. Several home video and theatrical releases and revisions to the film followed over the next 20 years. Star Wars continued with 'Episode I: The Phantom Menace' as part of the film series' prequel trilogy. A sequel, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', was announced on October 30, 2012, and it is set for release on December 18, 2015.
Even with a certain problem in the script at the 2nd act, "Return of the Jedi" is a worthy conclusion to one of the best trilogies ever made, thanks to Lucas that since the beginning redefined the genre of sci - fi forever giving her unforgettable characters with an incredible evolution; thanks to stunning visuals effects giving stunning and unforgettable scenarios; thanks to John Williams with his unforgettable and powerful soundtrack.
The trilogy that not only gave us absolute entertainment and genuinely tense moments, but also taught us that we can always reach our dreams just fighting, we all despite the problems and sins can redeem us and that if we all get together despite our different races can destroy all the forces of evil. "Return of the Jedi" doesn't surpasses its predecessors, but is a thrilling and epic conclusion to the trilogy that changed cinema forever.
This is part 2 of my visit earlier this
week to my favorite local Italian establishment for a behind the scenes tour of the Tuscan Market . After a wonderful introduction to
how the Tuscan Brands got started by the owner himself, Joe Faro, we
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