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….
FINALLY, some action. While the Empire's pursuit has let up a bit, the romantic tension between Han and Leia has been building up to this moment. Han is victorious, Leia is wooed, and while they're interrupted by that golden menace, C-3P0, the couple warms up to each other from here on out.
At first, she fights off his advances by telling him to stop rubbing her hands because they're dirty, but there's not much fight left in her. Here, the writers solidify exactly what's going on with these two through some of the most subtle dialogue the series has to offer. While the lines for these two characters harken back to a classic Hollywood pairing in the vein of Cary Grant/Rosalind Russell, the stark lighting of the Millennium Falcon's steerage section(?) allows for shadows to fall across their faces. Leia's eyes are framed in a shot lit like a 1940's noir. Good job, cinematographer Peter Suschitzky!
While the scene is effectively played as the moment that Han wins Leia over (even though it ends awkwardly for the both of them), Leia originally was a bit more of an aggressor too. As seen in this section from the comic book adaptation:
This version of the scene, with some additional dialogue and droid-slapping from Han, sheds more light on the motivations the screenwriters were originally intending.
Best Performance by a Human: Han Solo going for it.
Best Performance by a Non-Human: C-3P0 actually killing the mood.
Best Line: Han Solo's "there aren't enough scoundrels in your life."
Rating: 0.9 out of 1 scoundrel in Princess Leia's life.
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