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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Mark Hamill
Harrison Ford
Carrie Fisher

Directed by Irvin Kershner

It just never gets old, this is the best of the entire Star Wars movie saga the second to be released and the fifth in chronology. It is also the most critical acclaim and the movie is packing. The most well-known line of this movie “The Empire Strikes Back”, is when Vader told Luke the truth about what happened to his (Luke’s) father, when Vader uttered the words  "No, I am your father" I found myself lip syncing to it too. It is one cinematic moment that has stood the test of time.

The Empire Strike Back was not directed by Lucas and it is one of the two out of the six movies not to be directed by him, the other being Return of the Jedi. After the success of the first Lucas went all out with the production of this movie, the production cost went as high as 32 million dollars and it was the most expensive movie to be done at that time. The movie’s dialogue is quite impressive and it is the best I have seen out of the entire Star Wars movie. The Leia and Solo exchange of “I love you” and “I Know”, Yoda’s special way of speech and the exchange between father and son (Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker) made this movie one of memorable quotes each time I sit to watch it.

The special effects were stepped up, more out of space scenes that show the broadness of the mind of Lucas, if I sit and think of George Lucas all that comes to mind is Star Wars and when you watch this movie you will know why. The scenery, the space crafts, the ideas, plots and sub-plots are all that made this movie a critical acclaim and a most watch.

The Star Wars tale continues three years after the destruction of the death star. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the Sith Lord and his apprentice Darth Vader are now in hot pursuit of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and the rest of the Rebel Alliance.

The new Rebel Base has been compromised which led to Vader chasing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca across the galaxy. Luke on the other hand took a detour to go study the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. But during his training he sensed that his friends were in trouble, as Vader had captured them. Luke then had to abandon his training to be a Jedi Knight to go save his friend and this led him to go face off with Vader.

This movie is well done and it is one I advise many to take the time to see.


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