The final installment of the Star Wars series, and the final installment of my Star Wars Reviews. Better make it one to remember.
Well, George Lucas did. The film starts out with the main characters all setting out to save Han, who had been captured at the end of the last film. To do this, they infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s Palace, kill his pet Rancor (a very powerful and strong creature), and destroy his Sail Barge, killing Jabba. They do, although with great difficulty and after multiple ‘close-encounters’ with death, save Han. They then decide to regroup with the Rebel Alliance, whilst Luke heads back to Dagobah, to meet Master Yoda and finish his Jedi training, only for Yoda to die, saying Luke was as trained as he could be. We then find out a few things about the Skywalker family, confirming that Vader is Luke’s father, that Leia is Luke’s sister, and that without Luke or Leia killing the Emperor and Vader, the evil Sith will have won the age old battle for the galaxy. What a way to put pressure on the lad, eh?
Luke then heads back to the Rebels, agreeing to help them to destroy the shields for the Second Death Star. However, before they complete the mission, he leaves to find Vader and try to turn him back to the Jedi way. The remaining Rebels, after a long battle resulting in a large number of fatalities (on both sides), and a sneak attack from the native Ewoks (little bear-like creatures), manage to destroy the shield generator. However, they were too late, and the Rebel fleet which plans to destroy the Death Star, had already arrived, discovering that, as Admiral Ackbar famously said, ‘It’s a trap!’ Once the shield goes down, they send a small group of fighters into the Death Star, successfully blowing it up, after a chase scene involving their ships, the enemy ships and a massive fireball of destruction. Luke, while this had been happening, was having a heated discussion with the Emperor, aboard the Death Star, resulting in a duel between Luke and Vader, ending with Luke cutting off Vader’s hand. The Emperor then decides to kill Luke with his ‘Force Lightning’ ability, but gets stopped by Vader, who nearly dies in the process. Vader throws the Emperor into a large chasm, then goes with Luke to try and escape. As they reach a shuttle, he and Luke have a heart-felt talk, resulting in Vader’s helmet being removed and us finally seeing his face. Vader dies, and Luke takes him onto the shuttle, giving him a Jedi burial. The the galaxy celebrates the fall of the Emperor, with the Rebels celebrating with the Ewoks. The film ends with the main characters all doing their photo-pose, with the force-ghosts of Ben Kenobi, Yoda and Anakin Skywalker (Vader), watching over them.
Overall, an amazing plot. 10/10.
The music was done by Beethoven in this film. Nah. Only joking. It was John Williams again, and if you’ve read my other Star Wars reviews, you’ll know how much I love his musical style. The characters are all very developed by this point in the series, which makes them very likeable. Also, appealing to the pervert in all of us, there is a good 20 minute section involving Leia (Carrie Fisher), who is wearing a metal bikini, as demanded by Jabba the Hutt, who enslaved her. Woop. The film also shows that feminism and anti-slavery is strong in the Star Wars universe, with Leia choking Jabba, freeing herself.
Overall, a brilliant film and the perfect way to have ended, as far as I’m concerned, the greatest Science Fiction Film Series of all time.