Return of the Jedi

the Death Star construction crew didn't have time to install lights

Title: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi
Year: 1983
Director: Richard Marquand
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid
Music: John Williams
Distinctions: Special Oscar for Visual Effects; Oscar nominations for Best Score, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing; currently #112 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 134 minutes
Synopsis: after an unrelated rescue mission, Luke Skywalker and friends help rebels (who are inexplicably well-armed) attack the evil empire’s giant space gun
How I saw it: many times; most recently on video (have on DVD), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 9/10 (One of my favorites).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, dialog and cinematography) c. 3.0/4 (Good).

As a kid (like most kids in the 80’s), this was always my favorite of the trilogy, probably on account of the Ewoks. Because everybody under 10 loves Ewoks. Not to mention the Rancor and the Emperor. I’ve always just sort of taken its awesomeness for granted and not looked too critically at it. Now that I think about it, it’s not really that great of a movie. Fun and action packed, yes, but not a great movie like the other two are. That’s okay, though, I don’t mind hanging on to my bias.


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