OF THE JEDI SPECIAL EDITION
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams,
Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew
1997, 133 Minutes, Directed by: Richard Marquand
walked out the cinema after seeing this third and final Special
Edition version of the Star Wars movies,
my wife turned to me and said: "It's sad. I mean, that this
is the last one." And it is. By bringing back the Trilogy in
this format, George Lucas did the series' fans a great favor. It
was absolutely great seeing all three movies on the big screen
again. An opportunity that shouldn't be wasted. If you're waiting
for the Special Editions to come out on video: then forget it!
You're missing the point . . .
Return of the Jedi on the big screen again after having
first seen it way back in 1983 when it first appeared made me
reappraise this film. Sure, it's the most inconsequential film of
the Trilogy. Star Wars holds a special place in our hearts
because of the shock of the new. The Empire
Strikes Back will
always be the best film in the series because it is the heart of
the Trilogy - we were introduced to the central plotline of the
entire series. No doubt the upcoming prequels will explain the
background to the events chronicled in this film.
the Jedi is more concerned with wrapping things up and giving
its audiences a happy ending. That is why the film seems so
rushed, why some of the resolutions to the story seems too easy.
But in all honesty, it doesn't
do too bad a job at it at all. The magic is still there, the effects crisp and
spectacular and yes, it is a natural progression to the events of the previous
two films. The assault on the second Death Star may seem like a rehashing of old
ideas, but maybe Lucas wanted to see if he could do it better than in the first
one. (Being the perfectionist he is, that would probably explain it. After all,
why bring out these special editions if that isn't the case?) And yes, this assault on the
Death Star is better done than the one in the first film on a purely technical
Walking out the
cinema it does seem unfair that we would have to wait two years for the
next films in the series. It'll be such a long time to wait . . .
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