Graham’s review published on Letterboxd:
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is one of the few occasions in cinema where a sequel to a truly great movie takes everything that little bit further. An extra ounce of pure gold.
🔥 More Han Solo
🔥 Yoda arrives!
🔥 Skywalker finds himself
🔥 Leia is even more stunning
There is so much sublime storytelling in this 2-hour spectacle that it's really hard to know where to start, and the only minor gripe is the lack of progress in the blossoming C3P0 & R2D2 relationship.
The globally recognisable scene of Luke and Vader going at it with their tonally-matched lightsabers is every bit as mesmerising today as it was in 1980 and delivers a line of dialogue that turns the series on its head. Outstanding stuff indeed, and I cannot think of another sci-fi film that does it better.