Welcome back to my Road to The Last Jedi, the series where I’ll be reviewing the original trilogy (the remastered version from the early 2000’s), The Force Awakens , and Rogue One in anticipation of The Last Jedi which I will review spoiler free when I get back from seeing it Thursday.
If you ask a group of people what the greatest sequel of all time is at least one of them will answer The Empire Strikes Back, and for good reason. It improves upon the original in almost every way. Upping the action, character development, and suspense. Like me review of A New Hope I’ll be looking more at the technical aspects of The Empire Strikes Back rather than spending time on the performances because chances are if you’re reading this you already know enough about the performances to have your own opinion.
The Film opens shortly after A New Hope and quickly reintroduced us to the characters before launching us into what in my opinion still remains one of the greatest battles in cinema history, the battle of Hoth. I found myself in awe of the scene where the rebel snow ships use a cable to destroy the imperial walkers. The effects of this scene still hold up remarkably well when compared to today’s CGI heavy blockbusters. One of my biggest complaints for a New Hope was the jagged scene transitions which I am happy to say was fixed here. In fact as a child one of the main things I remembered about this movie was the fluid scene transitions.
The story and tone of The Empire Strikes Back have a distinctly different flavor than A New Hope. In A New Hope the heroes always seemed to have it all figured out as if they know they’ll find some way to beat the empire. Here its the opposite, you always feel like the hero is out matched and out gunned and the film benefits greatly from it. I remember watching this movie for the first time as a child and the reaction I had to the ending. We had rented the DVD from the local Block Buster (how to make me feel old) and seven-year old me really couldn’t handle the suspense of Han Solo being captured by the enemy. So you can imagine my reaction when I found out that you don’t find out until the next movie. By the time I had finished the movie Block Buster had closed so I took it hard when I found out that I had to wait. While the story may seem pointless I see it as illustrating the suspense and darker tone and just how effective it was on audiences.
The Empire Strikes Back remains a true classic to this day. Upping the stakes of the original in such a way that major franchises to this day still try to replicate. To this day it remains one of my favorites due to just how masterfully it was done.
I rate The Empire Strikes Back A+ or 9.9
Thank you for reading look forward of my review of Return Of The Jedi, The Force Awakens,and Rogue One before Thursday. Also keep an eye out for my reviews of The Disaster Artist, and The Shape Of Water.