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…
The shot above summarizes Luke's emotional state in Empire's 105th minute as well as what's been rumored for The Last Jedi. Caught between two sabers, Luke needs to choose how to defeat Vader - the good way or the bad way, red or blue.
Oh wait, I'm mixing up my franchises. He'll have to choose between the Light Side and the Dark Side and as Master Yoda says, we hope he'll "choose wisely."
Crap, that's wrong too. Anyway, there's no use in worrying because every franchise is basically the same. The only difference is what they decide to do with the storyline given to them.
Thanks, Merlin. So, instead of the Dark Side, Luke chooses the Parkour Side of the Force and flips over top of Vader. The Dark Lord's fighting style is old school so these Maul-style flips throw him off-balance. With the upper hand, Luke backs Vader off the edge of the platform and he falls with a loud howl that only James Earl Jones can muster.
Kudos to Jones for really nailing the grunts during this fight. I just want to hear an isolated track of every Vader hiss and howl from this movie... Unfortunately, I couldn't find that so here's Palpatine saying "I am the senate" in multiple languages:
While we're busy listening to the many sounds of Palpatine, Vader has slipped away like a magician in a smoke bomb factory. Luke surveys the lower area and decides it's safe to drop down. After falling for what seems like 20 feet, we hear Luke land with a metallic thud. But - MOVIE BLOOPER - if you look closely at the lower left side of your screen, you'll see Mark Hamill's face pop up from his landing as if he's only fallen 3 feet. Try spotting his head in the screenshot below...
From there, he follows Vader's scent through backrooms and power shafts, ending up in this cylindrical tunnel. It's a pretty Star Warsy location, which explains why this tunnel was aped for Rogue One.
Speaking of "aped": as terrible as the discovery is that Luke's about to learn on the other end of this tunnel (i.e. the truth of his parentage), it's better than the truth on the other end of that similar-looking tunnel from Beneath the Planet of the Apes (i.e. the truth that humanity is a bunch of atom-bomb-worshipping-egg-head-people).
Luke ends up in a long hallway that looks like it was built to host a lightsaber fight. It's convenient that the Cloud City architects designed this engineering work space to have the perfect amount of obstacles for a lightsaber duel. And no sooner does Luke survey his surroundings than he hears Vader's familiar CPAP wheeze. The music kicks in. Things are about to get dramatic. Yet, matters are even further complicated by the fact that this hallway appears during Rey's vision in The Force Awakens. What is the significance of this particular hallway. Does it have to do with her connection to the Skywalker family or is it just the fact that this was the blue lightsaber's last resting place before it somehow ended up in Maz Kanata's storage closet? Maybe we'll find out mid-December.
Best Performance by a Human: Vader falling off the carbon-freeze platform (extra points to James Earl Jones for making him hiss like an angry Donald Duck on his way down).
Best Performance by a Non-human: John Williams' score for coming in at the perfect time.
Best Line: You decide. Who said it better?
Rating: 82.1 out of the 83 years since Donald Duck first appeared on screen (The Wise Little Hen, 1934).
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