The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back ★★★★½

Been about a decade since I watched my favorite Star Wars film. It still holds up, though some different things stood out this time.

-The scene where Lando opens the door and Darth is just chilling at the head of the table waiting for them is still my favorite scene. Darth does some “talk to the Han” bullet stopping and gets down to the business of testing the carbonite on Solo. (kind of offensive to be the test run guy)

-If we’re out in a blizzard and I’m about to die from hypothermia, please don’t try to save me by stuffing me inside the blubber of a mutant snow horse. I think I’ll be ready for The Great Gig in the Cloud City at that point.

-Speaking of Cloud City... It might have a duplicitous leader, but it looks like there are some gorgeous condos up there. Rents are probably even worse than San Francisco, though.

-I know Han and Leia are hooking up by the carbonite scene (here’s to dodging the incest bullet!), but it wasn’t that long ago that Leia found Solo arrogant and smarmy. When he responds to “I love you” with “I know,” my bet is that Leia would say, “Seriously?! F*ck this guy. Have fun on Jabba’s wall!”

-Luke’s primal “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHEEEEEEWWWWWW!!!!” scream after Vader tells him he’s his daddy is one of the worst screams in movie history. I wish I could CGI Nicolas Cage’s face onto Luke there, just to see how it plays. 

-Yoda is still the coolest, and he’s got the best, “Why do I even try with this guy?” expression. If he was my teacher, I’d get straight A’s, just so I didn’t get the “I’m not angry, just disappointed” Yoda sigh.

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