Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Review

Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 6.20.27 PMTHIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

        The best Star Wars movie ever made, a film that stands alongside side the best movie sequels of all time and might even prove superior to films like The Godfather, Part II, Mad Max 2, and Toy Story II. From the way its story develops to the way its characters develop Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back is one of those few perfect films, containing one of the best plot-twists, some of the best special effects, and one of the most perfectly set up and planned antagonist protagonist confrontations ever put on a screen. I can’t do anything but glorify this film because there are no negatives I see in it, unless we’re talking about the Special Edition version, but we’re not, so this film is pure cinematic gold. It is a film that is able to combine its genres and tones even better than its predecessor and further the story in such a way that seems unimaginable when you take a look at the time a movie takes compared to t.v. shows or novels that have all the time in the world to develop their story arc.  The Empire Strikes Back is the most well directed Star Wars movie, and everything about it is just perfect. The development of Han and Leia’s relationship, the writing by Kasdan, the scope of it, the score, it is all improved upon. Yoda and Lando are introduced, things that would make basically any movie better. How can I end this review without mentioning the I am your Father scene where Luke chooses to take his own life instead of turning to the dark side, serving as both one of the most emotional scenes in film history as well as the perfect plot-twist to end a movie with. Which is of course followed by the ending showcasing our characters broken and in despair trying to rekindle themselves after everything that just happened, leaving you with no hope for the future and upscaling the importance of Return of the Jedi. What this film does is what every sequel should do, improve upon the original, so, with that said, like A New Hope I rate this film at a 99 out of 100.

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