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….
All of Minute 64:00 of The Empire Strikes Back is spent establishing a sense of curiosity and unease among the audience. The music has an asymmetrical quality that compliments the shrieks and groans of the cave's wild snakes, birds and lizards. It's a dark, dank hole in the ground, but there's a white lighting that gives this creepy interior a hazy glow. It's as if the entire ceiling of this cavern is open and, since there's a set of mirrors placed around the cave, there's no other way to explain this lighting... unless the whole underground chamber is illuminated by the Dark Side of the Force.
Luke seems more intrigued than scared when he pops his head into the opening and you'd think he, a Force-sensitive person would be more jittery about this location than R2-D2, a stone-cold droid. But that's not the case.
This cave is such a presence that it has two different names, even on Wookieepedia: the Dark Side Cave and the Cave of Evil. To Skywalker, however, it's just a new obstacle keeping him from becoming Jedi Knight. As he moves through the vines, we're walking in Luke's shoes. The filmmakers spend a whole minute lingering in this cave before any action befalls young Skywalker, which is a long time when you consider how fast-paced the rest of the movie has been so far.
While the darkness inside this cave is a naturally-occurring evil, there appears to be some man-made architecture hidden here and there. Behind Luke's head is a beam and according to Wookieepedia, there are ancient stone steps near another entrance. However, Luke's given no time to admire the foundation - instead he's staring at some menace, unseen by the audience before the end of this minute. While we see most of what Luke sees and we feel what he feels, we're left wondering what he's facing.
Best Performance by a Human: Luke's realization that this place is as scary as he was warned it would be.
Best Performance by a Non-human: Worried, blinking R2-D2.
Best Line: The screech from that iguana-thing.
Rating: 690 out of the 700 years that the Dark Side Cave has been around.
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