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…
Early reactions are in from last night's premiere of The Last Jedi and, minus the one guy who liked Rogue One better, they seem incredibly positive. Let's not get our hopes way up, but seeing this movie will bring warm feelings to our hearts.
We’re at the end of Empire and on the cusp of a movie’s release that just might change the way we think about these characters. Just like the Resistance at the end of The Force Awakens, the Rebels at the end of Empire are bruised but not beaten. And on a lighter note, Luke and Leia no longer have Han to drag them down. They can finally tour the galaxy with their sibling-act!
Meanwhile, Vader storms off to bed and it’s the last image we see of the dark lord in this movie. It’s how he’d want to be remembered.
Sadly, it takes him a full year to catch up with his son again which doesn’t speak too highly of his tracking skills.
Although they’ve retreated to the outskirts of the galaxy and they’re regularly jumping through hyperspace to avoid detection, the Rebel fleet manages to stay hidden despite the fact that these large frigates and transports seem to travel together. Yet, they remain incognito for a good galactic year, regardless of Admiral Ackbar’s questionable military leadership. At this point the Rebel’s don’t have a greater goal other than staying alive so I can’t really find fault in their duck-and-cover strategy. And it’s hard to scrutinize the fleet from a behind-the-scenes perspective - the models still look great in the fly-by shots. As the frame pans along the ships and zooms into the medical frigate’s bay window, the camera cuts away before we think to question why no characters are standing there in the exterior shot.
Lando, dressed in Han’s spare clothes, is now the official Solo replacement just in case Lucasfilm couldn't sign Harrison Ford for the next sequel. During their flight from Cloud City to the fleet, he's become respectable and even he and Chewie are travel buds now. Lightspeed heals all wounds. His last words in the movie are a promise that Leia and Luke, for some reason, trust him to keep: "when we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you..." But he's just as bad at tracking down his enemies as the great and powerful Lord Vader. Jabba lives in a freaking palace and it takes them a full year to mount their rescue mission. What likely happened is they needed 365 days to infiltrate the castle and become trusted guards. Ok, Lucas, you win this round: this also holds up.
What doesn’t hold up is Luke’s pronunciation of “Tatooine.” I understand this is the first time the planet’s name is ever uttered in a Star Wars movie (in Luke’s line, “we’ll meet you at the rendezvous point on Tatooine”), but he’s almost as muddled as Lando saying “Han” like “hand” with a silent “-d.”
Best Performance by a Human: That Imperial technician who plays it cool while Vader fumes past him.
Best Performance by a Non-human: The Rebel Fleet, giving us a preview of the effects we'll see in Revenge of the Jedi.
Best Line: Lando's promise, "when we find Jabba the Hutt and that bounty hunter, we'll contact you... Princess, we'll find Han. I promise."
Rating: 349 out of the 365 more days it takes for Luke to become a Jedi Knight.
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