Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – Disneycember

It’s said to be the least of the Star Wars trilogy, but is it really? Doug takes a look at Return of the Jedi.

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35 Comments on "Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi – Disneycember"

alexthed
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Believe it or not, when I was growing up, we had all 3 of the trilogy on VHS. However, Empire and A New Hope were TERRIBLE TV recordings. Jedi was the only one we had a proper VHS of. So that’s the one I’ve watched the most – ergo, I have a ton of affection for it.
Also, it’s the only Super Star Wars game I’ve beaten legit. Please don’t ask how I beat that escape the death star level. I did it, but I don’t know how.

Ikrani
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Thanks for finally setting the record straight. I never got why people hated the Ewoks so much or why this film was the lighter of the trilogy when it delves so deeply into Luke’s own psychology as well as the big reveal of the man behind it all. In fact, I’d dare say it’s the best of the originals. It’s plot was the most airtight (even if certain things were baselessly established in previous films), it’s story ran far deeper than surface-level and the big space battle at the end was the biggest and spaciest one of the series. But,… Read more »
Drevnibor
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The primitiveness of the Ewoks is more important to the story than people think. So, we have the Emperor, who tells Luke that he PLANNED the whole thing, that everything what’s happening is a part of his plan to destroy the Rebellion. He has planned every, single, tiny detail… …except the fact that the Rebels on Endor would have the aid of Ewoks. Why didn’t he foresee that? Well, because Ewoks were so tiny and primitive that, even if he knew about them, he didn’t see them as a threat. Luke himself said that the Emperor’s overconfidence would be his… Read more »
mbellardini
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Originally, according to some, George Lucas planned to kill off Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. We heard about that, but didn’t hear about his decision to change the movie. Watched this movie expecting Han Solo to be killed, and there were several times when it could have happened.

Hanglyman
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Can you imagine if they’d killed him off by having him fall into the Sarlacc? That would be just… wow. What a downer.

rathemighty
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Actually, Harrison Ford wasn’t sure he wanted to return, so Lucas froze Han in carbonite as a way of putting the character on hold. That way, if Ford didn’t come back, Han could die. Luckily, he DID come back, so Han was rescued.

Shinigami
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I would say that Return of the Jedi is weakest of the original three. It does not mean that it’s bad movie because it’s not. I have always been space battle junkie so it was main reason why I back in day liked RotJ but these days as adult it’s not enough anymore. Oh and Ewoks might look cute but they are actually really ferocious. They have to be in order to survive on Forest Moon of Endor were there are several deadly species. Ironically there is Endor Holocaust theory that pretty much delves into aftermatch of destroying Death Star… Read more »
Hanglyman
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Related to the “you could cut out the Jabba part and it wouldn’t matter”- you could cut out Episode 1 entirely and it wouldn’t matter. The only plot-critical details it gives are that Anakin exists and has force powers, which everyone knew already. Absolutely everything else we learn in the movie- that he built C-3PO, that midichlorians give him his powers, that he was really obnoxious as a kid- are all things that we didn’t want to know and have tried our best to ignore ever since.

Goblin Scribe
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We would lose crucial character-defining Jar Jar moments.

And Jar-Jar context.

Drevnibor
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While I admit the Jabba part does drag on quite a bit (30+ minutes) it actually makes sense.
What happened at the end of the last film? Han Solo got frozen.
Now, imagine waiting three years for this film, and Han Solo gets saved in the first 10 minutes – that would be kinda lame.

Cryos
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I think people hate episode 7 too much, I think it’s better than empire, not as good as hope though. As for moving jabba, I don’t think it would make sense without it how could we establish how much luke has grown without the empire getting directly involved.

I’m no film student but I like Jedi how it is

nblaw95
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People hate episode 7 already? Damn, quick to judge much? It hasn’t even come out yet! 😀

TacoMan
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Something Doug missed about Emperor Palpatine: He has been played by Ian McDiarmid in episode 6, and then in episodes 1 through 3. He was only 39 when he played him during this movie, and it was almost 100% makeup.

Geriatric Ninja
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The emperor in Return of the Jedi is played by Ian Mcdiarmid, who reprised the role for the prequel trilogy.

Model-T101
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Long time watcher, first time post here. First, thank you for the years of enjoyment. Now, why I had to register and post due to this review. I simply must provide another point of view as to why the Jabba scenes are pivotal. RotJ is my daughter’s favorite of all the Star Wars films. Several of my friends whom have daughters who also say it is their favorite as well. The reason? The scene of Leia taking out Jabba and then blowing up the barge. They all just love that scene. I don’t know how young girls may thought of… Read more »
flamethrower-guitar
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This is my favorite out of all of the Star Wars movies. I just love how perfectly they finished out Luke’s journey and his confrontation with Vader and the Emperor. I like your idea of having Jabba fight the empire, though honestly the Ewoks never bothered me that much. Now I do think it would have been cool if they had gotten the Wookies, like originally planned, because then we could have had the nature over machine themes and a badass looking species fighting the empire, but for what it’s worth the Ewok stuff isn’t that bad. I know there… Read more »
happymel
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This is personally my favorite out of all six Star Wars movies. I guess I’m just a sucker for happy endings…and action scenes… and cute creatures. 😀

NovaAlexandria
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Also my favourite of the movies. Bigger more epic space battles and the Emperor himself. The fight between Luke and Vader. The death of Yoda. There is just so much more here that was done better than the previous two. I honestly find A New Hope kind of boring with its short little space battle. RotJ took what the first two movies had and ramped them up. The idea of a second Death Star doesn’t even bother me because it was made clear the whole thing was a trap set by the Emperor. The power of the first one was… Read more »
Dacilriel
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I’ve never gotten why so many people call this movie weak and seem to hate the Ewoks. It’s always been my favorite, and I love the Ewoks. I’ve always been a sucker for things that look cute and harmless, then turn out to be badass,

LaserBunny
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The only good Ewok is a dead Ewok.

Vonter
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It’ll be both funny and sad if this movie turns out to be a better closure than the upcoming movies.

With things getting as complicated as they’re getting I’m wondering if any resurrected franchises will put a closure to any of them. And I mean as in like, “this’ll be the final movie in this franchise” kind of mentality.

LiamA
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Why is the makeup for the Emperor better in this movie than in Revenge of the Sith?

nblaw95
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I disagree with having Jabba fight the Empire. To me at least, it seems way out of character for him to do that. Jabba is primarily interested in self-preservation. Picking a fight with the Empire with little to no chance to succeed? Not Jabba’s style. Why should he? He thrives under the Empire’s rule. I don’t think he’d go out of his way to help the Empire, but I don’t see any reason to actively fight the Empire either. The only way I could see it is if there were some way for Jabba to subtly sabotage something, while still… Read more »
cdrood
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I’d say the main problem with the Ewoks is that for the most part the battle was unconvincing. Taking down Stormtroopers with sticks and rocks just seems wrong. It also feels a tad hypocritical to make a nature vs. technology statement in pretty much the most technologically advanced film to date. I never felt the Jabba stuff was over-long, but I can see the argument. It’s real purpose was to show how Luke’s skills have progressed. The whole implied idea that it all went according to his plan did feel like a big stretch, however. Building another Death Star actually… Read more »
PotatoOni
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The tone of the movie actually makes sense in the grand scheme of things. The trilogy starts of lighthearted with A New Hope, then becomes really dark and gritty with Empire and the first half or so of Jedi, then they start to lighten up again to show that things are going better for the protagonists now. It makes alot of sense from a story telling and mood building perspective. Jabba doesn’t roll that way. He’s a Hutt and his main interest is getting money and power. He’d never even think of openly attacking the Empire because he knows that… Read more »
RendingHalls
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ROTJ is my favorite Star Wars movie. Reasons being: 1. It’s aged the best. The first two have all kinds of age related flaws in the effects, sets, costumes, editing, etc. They totally look like they came from the years that they did. But ROTJ looks like it could’ve been shot in the mid-90’s. 2. The space battle is absolutely the best visual effects work in film history. The lighting, the details on the models, the sheer NUMBER of ships onscreen at once, ALL performing unique movements. It feels truly REAL, and NO computers involved whatsoever! 3. It’s the busiest… Read more »
odourpreventer
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And the movie feels big. Lots of people, lots of models, lots of scenery. There’s a level of immersion that the previous movies didn’t achieve.

PaulStanis
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Favorite scene: The tension followed by breathless excitement of Luke walking the plank, faking everyone out, receiving his green (!) lightsaber, and proceeding to kick Klaatu Barada Nikto ass.

Chicken Puppet
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I’m glad Doug didn’t fall into the narrative of bashing Return of the Jedi. While I may not agree with all his complaints, I do understand where they come from, and this review was fair. What I liked about the Jabba the Hut confrontation, is that this really expanded the Star Wars universe in ways the other two films didn’t…outside of that classic Mos Eisley bar scene. I wanted to see more weird aliens and monsters…and boy did I get them! I’m also glad that he took note of how tense, dark, and powerful the confrontation between Luke, Vader, and… Read more »
Chicken Puppet
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Also, to put things in context with the Jabba the Hut sequences…up until this point, we never got to see a trained Jedi really really cut loose on bad guys.

It may seem more mundane now after all the acrobatic lightsaber action in the prequels, but at the time we never saw anything like the battle against the Rancor monster, or the battle on the barge.

Byere
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Just to point out, Ian McDiarmid, the actor of Emperor Palpatine, didn’t just play him in the original film, but was one of the few people (though I think he might have been the only one) who got to reprise their role in the prequel trilogy.

He also did the voice of the Emperor in quite a few video games for the expanded Star Wars universe

penpaninu
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Heheh this is the epitome of my weird childhood. Being really little and giggling with my sister over the Ewoks taking out the Empire. And look, Chewie is arguing with the Ewoks and they steal a machine and go running amok with it! Woo hoo!

The beginning at Jabba’s palace stuck out in my mind as a child too. So much crazy going on and aloooot of puppets.

My sister summed it up seeing it as a child as “Something Important is happening. Now Ewoks! Nothing but Ewoks! Now Important Stuff!”

Souledge94
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This is hands down my favorite of the orginal with empire being second.

ErichoTTA
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This is my personal favorite! Again, you said the Tim Burton Batman movie was the best. There were really a lot of deaths in this. The Ewoks never bothered me. If nothing else, they showed variety. This movie in no way deserves to have a (slightly) lower rating than Revenge Of The Sith.

Anon Tumahab
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To be honest, I still can’t watch the farewell scene between Vader and Luke without “misting up”. I must have watched it a hundred times and it still gets me. It drives me nuts that literally the only things anyone ever seems to remember about this movie are Jabba’s Palace and the Ewoks…both of which I happen to like.

At any rate, rejoice! The original version of the original Star Wars Trilogy is coming out on Blu Ray!

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