Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi ★★★★½

Happy Star Wars Day. This one I’ve always loved since I was a kid. My grandparents had it on VHS and I would watch it every time I went to their house. So this film has a strong nostalgia factor that even the other two OT films can’t match for me. 

It also contains some of my favorite sequences in the whole saga. Luke confronting Vader on that bridge where he finally acknowledges him as his father and Vader says it’s too late for him to be redeemed, that scene always sticks out to me. And their final duel in front of Palpatine is my favorite lightsaber duel in the franchise, with Maul’s final fight at a close second. 

I love everything about this movie though it is admittedly more campy and silly than the other two. There’s some stuff I could do without. I think too much time is spent with the Ewoks and it’s a legitimate criticism that the Death Star 2.0 is too much of a retread of ideas from the original but I still can’t help but have the best time watching this movie. 

I love every Star Wars movie for something, whether it’s set design or sound design or music or action or adventure but this will always be one of my favorites.

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