By Kieran Webber
Directed: Richard Marquand
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian Mcdiarmid
The third and final installment from the originals trilogy was directed by somewhat newcomer Richard Marquand. Although, he was not Lucas’ first choice-Lucas looked towards David Lynch and David Cronenberg who both declined to work on other projects. Even so, Marquand told the stories conclusion well and created on of the most memorable Star Wars films to date.
Episode IV wraps up the story in an opera like fashion, with themes of conflict of good and evil within oneself, revenge and of course one final huge space battle to decide the fate of the galaxy. However, Return Of The Jedi falls short compared to the previous two in the trilogy due to incorporation of fairytale elements, the indigenous ewoks and weak performances from the previous stellar cast.
Return Of The Jedi sees the construction of another Death Star with the objective of striking the rebellion down once and for all, this time though it is being overseen by the Emperor himself. After rescuing Han Solo from Jabba The Hutt (taking Boba Fett out in the process) the rebels forces are pushed to take the fight to the Death Star but this time it is all or nothing. Whilst the rebel fleet is tasked with destroying the Death Star a small group of rebels must infiltrate the forest moon of Endor to take down it’s shield generator. This allows for Lando Calrissian to fly into the super weapon and destroy it from the inside. Of course this mission comes with it’s complications and conflict that thankfully our beloved rebels overcome and succeed.
The film has an air of fantasy that was previously not felt previously especially in the ewoks who, although vital and somewhat interesting bring the tone of the film down with their childish demeanor. It is also worth mentioning that these 3ft hairy imps somehow defeat an entire legion of the Emperors best troops on endor.
But with the slight negativities aside it cannot be denied that the Return Of the Jedi is another genre defying movie with impressive special effects, beautiful scenery and compelling story. It also wraps up the story between Darth, the Emperor and Luke in a beautiful way with the narrative of the puppet turning on his master and the son saving his father.