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….
Minute 46:00 is Irvin Kirshner's specialty - personal conversions in small, dimly lit spaces. This minute alone saved the film millions of dollars in "stop motion/laser" money, and it's just as engrossing as all those space potatoes tumbling around outside their asteroid.
Leia, Chewie and Threepio are all fussing around a single circuit, and obviously Kirsh just told them to look busy. Hey, it works - it's stage business to keep them distracted before Han enters and derails everything.
There's a rumble and everyone takes a "Scarlet" tumble in a moment that just wishes it could play like the "Stateroom" scene from A Night at the Opera...
To fill this review out with more hip and current references -- if our heroes were the Marx Brothers, Han would be Groucho because he's always ready with a remark, Leia would be Zeppo because she's usually the straight man, Chewbacca would be Harpo because he doesn't speak, and Threepio would be Margaret Dumont.
Han seems to think there's more problems on this asteroid than instability, but he uses this moment of alone-time with Leia to make her uncomfortable. She's not into it, but I guess you don't need much charm when there's only one other human stuck on the rock.
Best Performance by a Human: Han using the opportunity to make another failed advance.
Best Performance by a Non-human: C-3P0 stuffing up the joint.
Best Line: In response to Threepio's "Sir, it's quite possible this asteroid is not entirely stable" -- Han's "Not entirely stable? Oh, I'm glad you're here to tell us these things. Chewie, take the professor into the back and plug him into the hyper drive."
Rating: 3.8 out of 4 Marx Brothers.
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