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….
In Minute 71:00, Yoda expresses the true philosophy of the Force better than any of Kenobi's on-the-job training exercises in A New Hope. With the help of Lawrence Kasdan's backwards dialogue and Frank Oz's puppetry, Lucas communicates the Force's essence in ways followup movies couldn't match. And Yoda speaks his words of wisdom after giving a reluctant Luke some of the most shade-filled side-eye this side of the U.S. Capitol Building...
It's Yoda's Dagobah Address and it's not as clumsy or as random as a blaster. This is elegant dialogue, from a more civilized age:
“...Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”
Luke refuses to believe that he has this type of power in him - he stands defiantly, telling Yoda, "you want the impossible." Although he's the main character, the frame stays on Yoda's perspective. We don't even see Luke's upper body for several long seconds, as if this is an episode of Muppet Babies.
And I, for one, am thankful for Muppet Babies because, as a little kid, my earliest Star Wars-related memory is in fact that Muppet Babies episode. But does it hold up?
Search your feelings, you know it to be true...
Best Performance by a Human: Luke, turning his back on Yoda and saying, "you want the impossible."
Best Performance by a Non-human: Yoda. It's the performance of a lifetime, ranking up there with these greats.
Best Line: Yoda's entire speech.
Rating: 19,999 out of 20,000 midi-chlorians.
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