Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi, also known as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, produced by Howard G. Kazanjian and written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. It is the third and final film of the original Star Wars trilogy.
Luke Skywalker battles his father Darth Vader and the horrible crime lord Jabba the Hutt to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love and team up with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side and the defeat of the evil Emperor Palpatine.
Why It Rocks
- It's the ultimate finale to the Star Wars trilogy, with the Rebels making a final stand on the forest moon of Endor, going up against a huge army of Imperial Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, Stormtroopers and even a Super Star Destroyer (the Executor).
- Han Solo returns after being frozen in carbonite and captured by Boba Fett at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
- The final duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in the Emperor's chambers onboard the Death Star II is very satisfying to the fans of the Star Wars series.
- In addition, the Battle of Endor is one of the most memorable and fantastic battles in the Star Wars universe, taking place both in space and on the ground.
- Amazing directing by Richard Marquand.
- Great acting, especially by Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Ian McDiarmid.
- The special effects for the spaceships are pretty amazing by 1983 standards.
- Excellent cinematography.
- An emotional conclusion to Anakin Skywalker's story, as he redeems himself in the final moments of his life to destroy Darth Sidious and restore balance to the force.
- It has some of the most emotional scenes in Star Wars history, such as Anakin Skywalker's final redemption and funeral.
- Iconic dialogue such as "It's a trap!".
- The infamous Special Editions at least gave us the "Victory Celebration" song, which works even better than the original "Yub Nub" and showed planets like Naboo and Coruscant celebrating the Empire's downfall.
- Hayden Christensen replacing Sebastian Shaw as Anakin's force ghost, while divisive, is a nice way to connect the prequels to the original trilogy.
- An amazing ending that many fans still consider to be the true conclusion to the Star Wars saga. With Darth Sidious dead and the Galactic Empire toppled, the galaxy can now enter a new era of peace.
- In 1997, George Lucas created the Star Wars "Special Editions", which included unnecessary additions to the original cuts of the movies, most notably an excess amount of CGI and recasting some of the characters. Lucas kept making more changes to them until Disney bought out Lucasfilm in 2012. Since then, they have never officially released the original theatrical cuts of the films on DVD, Blu-Ray or digitally, except for the bonus discs for a 2006 DVD release, which were sourced from the 1993 Laserdisc releases.
- The Ewoks, while cute and likable, can get quite annoying.
- The inclusion of the Death Star II makes the Battle of Endor feel somewhat like a rehash of the Battle of Yavin from A New Hope.
- The ending was completely ruined by Disney's sequel trilogy, as we learn that Darth Sidious was able to cheat death and he ultimately succeeds in wiping out the entire Skywalker bloodline, invalidating the final redemption of Anakin (who was also revealed to have not been the true "Chosen One").
- Plot Hole: Padmé dies at the end of Revenge Of The Sith after giving birth to Luke and Leia... But in Return Of The Jedi Leia tells Luke that she remembers their mother. How is that possible?
The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from both critics and fans of the Star Wars series, though some consider it to be inferior in comparison to its two iconic predecessors, though nonetheless, it has been agreed that Return of the Jedi is a perfect conclusion of the Star Wars saga. It has an 82% critical rating and a 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.25/10, based on 94 reviews from critics. The site's critics' consensus reads "Though failing to reach the cinematic heights of its predecessors, Return of the Jedi remains an entertaining sci-fi adventure and a fitting end to the classic trilogy". On Metacritic, it had a 58/100 critical rating and an 8.3/10 audience rating on the same site, a 4.0/5 on Letterboxd, and an 8.3/10 on IMDb.