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…
For a movie that's spent most of its 2 hours building up to the duel between Luke and Vader, we're seeing a surprising amount of moments following Leia's point of view. But for now, she's the audience surrogate. Let's face it, Han Solo holds a special place in all of our hearts and, if this anyone's first viewing of the movie, they probably would be just as worried about Solo's future as this princess. Ultimately, Fisher carries these scenes.
Carrie Fisher proved herself an adept heroine in A New Hope. At just 18 years old, she held her own against old British actors and tough-talked her way through the Death Star, even with that shooting face...
She made up for her flinching in The Blues Brothers and the emotional weight she added during Empire's Cloud City sequence probably brought her to the attention of James Cameron as a possible choice for the role of Sarah Connor.
And much like Carrie Fisher's return to the role that made her famous in 2015 at age 59, Linda Hamilton is said to be coming back to the Terminator franchise. At the moment, Hamilton is 61.
Leia gets an intimate closeup as the action continues behind her. The Star Wars team would never stoop to using slow motion, but the framing gives the effect of time standing still as the focus stays on Leia's expression.
After seeing the gang reunite with R2-D2, go through a double-cross and a triple-cross from Lando, and watch Leia's smuggler-boyfriend getting smuggled off to a mob-boss, we cut back to Luke and Vader. And they haven't really moved at all in the past two minutes. After they spin back into place when we cut back to the carbon-freezing chamber, they're still standing in the same spot. What have they accomplished?
Best Performance by a Human: Leia's Rose-dropping-frozen-Jack-into-ocean face as Boba Fett's ship takes off.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Artoo spinning counter-clockwise as the film transitions to Luke and Vader's clashing lightsabers, also spinning them into frame.
Best Line: Luke's response to Vader's condescending "you have learned much, young one." - "You'll find I'm full of surprises."
Rating: 16.8 out of 17(?) different Terminator timelines(?).
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