Written by Richie Pepio
During the 124 days before the release of The Last Jedi, I’m reviewing all 124 minutes of the theatrical version of The Empire Strikes Back. Join me and together we will watch Star Wars….
Leia gathers the troops giving both the Rebels and the audience a rundown of the situation. They can only afford to drop the base's shield generator in short spurts without compromising the entire base to the invading force. While everyone else is getting ready for an actual star war, Han is too busy soddering.
Young men (and women?) are putting their lives on the line and Han's pimping his ride.
Then we get a series of atmospheric shots showing the troops readying for battle. It puts us in their mindset, and obviously we side with them. But don't you think there's a bit of a bias there? Kirshner doesn't give us any images of Snowtroopers tightly gripping their blasters or AT-AT captains crapping their pants or General Veers taking a pre-battle spongebath.
Lucas was heavily inspired by footage of aerial dogfights in WW2 for the Death Star Trench run in A New Hope. The ground war during the Battle of Hoth also takes cues from that period. This post on StarWars.com does a good job comparing the visual cues between this sequence and classic war movies like The Battle of the Bulge.
While all the white (red) shirts look to the horizon, the first Rebel transport barrels toward the Imperial blockade.
Best Performance by a Human: Leia’s rundown.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The near flawless effect of the Rebel transport taking off against a white background.
Best Line: Smug Star Destroyer Captain – “Good, our first catch of the day.”
Rating: 0.9 out of 1 Rebel transport.
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