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 115:00 finally reunites Luke with the rest of the group and it's just a shame he didn't think to bring his Hoth jacket while he was hanging from that cold antenna. Since he left his X-Wing behind, he'll probably never get that coat back, but at least he can order a Hoth-themed Empire Strikes Jacket from Columbia...
Back to the Falcon: considering all the other obstacles they faced, this rescue seemed a bit too easy. In the finished film, Lando heads up from the top hatch and comes back down as if he caught the dead weight of a 175 pound(?) Jedi Padawan with ease. Some screenshots survive from a deleted sequence in which Luke bellyflops (or backflops) onto the hull of the Falcon and Lando has to grab him before they slip off. But if you were a true Star Wars fan you would already knew of this scene. I first learned about it during that dark time, between the release of the Special Editions and The Phantom Menace, when the internet barely existed and news like this was only available in a Star Wars Insider in the CVS magazine section.
Leia leaves the controls and runs to Luke. They may have just psychically linked, but they still don't know their true history.
Leia escorts him into a sickbed, kisses him on the lips and heads back to the cockpit... but did you know there was another deleted moment right here? And don't worry, it's much less exciting. In this cut footage, Leia fills Luke in on stuff we already know and he looks overwhelmed about it. Way to keep our adrenaline up before the end credits, guys!
I'm grateful Minute 115:00 cuts to the literal chase. And it has one of the best shot in all of Empire. The sun rises on Bespin as it sets on our movie.
Best Performance by a Human: Lando finally making himself useful.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The shot of the sun peering around Bespin as the Falcon and some TIE Fighters speed past our view.
Best Line: Leia unenthusiastically pointing and saying "star destroyer" like she just had a shot of Tunisian Death Drink.
Rating: $375 out of the $400 cost of those Hoth jackets.
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