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…
After sliding down the most dangerous slide in Cloud City without a waiver, Luke gets dumped out of a trapdoor and hangs precariously from a small weathervane overlooking FOREVER. Having escaped from one member of his family, he seeks the help of another.
I firmly believe Lucas had not yet decided Leia would be Luke's sister: at this point in the series they just figured that Luke's strong bond with Leia would allow him to communicate with her. Storytelling-wise, Star Wars has played it vague and simple enough that they can retcon the backstory to fit wherever they want to take future installments. Since no real explanation was needed to address how Luke and Leia established a psychic link, Lucas and Co. could go back later and say, see, we always meant for Luke and Leia to be brother and sister - they're talking to each other with their minds!
Lucas eventually envisioned the 9-part Star Wars saga to be a family drama and The Last Jedi may take it to the next level. Mark Hamill gave the glowing endorsement that the pace and vibe of TLJ feels like The Godfather. Episode 8 has the longest runtime of any movie in the series and the length may factor into Hamill's reasoning. But beyond that, the original cut was 3 hours long. While director Rian Johnson went on to say the movie is much better at a still-record-breaking 2 and a half hours long, it was always meant to be a bigger movie than it's predecessors.
Speaking of bigger movie, let's hope Luke and Leia are reunited in The Last Jedi and their reunion is just as touching as this scene...
Best Performance by a Human: Luke suspended upside down, high in the atmosphere, talking to ghosts and long lost siblings.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The Falcon cutting through clouds on its way out of Bespin.
Best Line: Luke's telepathic communication of "Leia... Leia, hear me..."
Rating: $215.2 out of $216.6 million total box office gross of Twins.
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