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 61:00 opens with the Falcon taking off in a hurry. But in the entire Star Wars saga, when has the Falcon ever not blasted off in a hurry? It speeds out of Docking Bay 94 in Mos Eisley, it jets away from the Death Star, it rushes off Yavin IV so Han can leave with all his reward money, and it bolts out of Echo Base once the Rebels were overtaken earlier in this movie. Still, the princess second-guesses Captain Solo and she continues arguing that it's too dangerous to leave their hiding place with the Empire outside. Her expression stiffens when she sees the "cave is collapsing." Han, who's driven through asteroids before, knows better, saying "this is no cave."
Judging by the slow moving cave-opening and the whiteness of the stalagmites and stalactites, the audience can assume that this is the mouth of some kind of creature. Yet, until we see proof that it's a giant exogorth, for all we know, this creature could simply be a patient in Steve Martin's dental clinic.
Steve Martin plays the sadistic dentist who enjoys pain in Little Shop of Horrors (directed by Frank Oz). Did the dentist also do some work on this space slug? There's a noose hanging from its mouth... so, most likely, yes.
Now let's take a second and just marvel at this shot, which seems simple enough, but has a tiny superimposed Millennium Falcon dodging a a hand-puppet against a blue-screened backdrop of floating asteroids.
This worm is so original, I haven't seen, heard or read anything like it before... Oh, wait--
Following Han and Leia's daring escape from the Dune-ripoff-that-could, we're taken back the mystical marshes of Dagobah. With the low-hanging vines and high-rooted trees eclipsed in a veil-like mist, we're treated to our most Arthurian visuals yet. The fantastical nature of this location gives the audience the feeling that this swamp planet is fully flowing with the Force and it's the perfect place for Luke to continue his training. As the trees recede into the distance, the background grows brighter, creating an ethereal atmosphere of mystery and fostering the most classically mythical location that Star Wars has yet offered.
This visual brightening of fairy tale woods is seen in anything from classical Romantic paintings to Disney's Sleeping Beauty to King Kong. Yes, King Kong and T-Rex knew each other for only minutes, but their love for each other was enough to last a lifetime...
Best Performance by a Human: Leia's incredulity at the fact that "this is no cave."
Best Performance by a Non-human: That space slug.
Best Line: Han's response to Leia's exasperated "the cave is collapsing!" -- "This is no cave."
Rating: 1.9 out of 2 space slugs after a single slug asexually reproduces, thanks to fission.
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