Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

aka Return of the Jedi

(1983)

Directed by Richard Marquand

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, Frank Oz, Alec Guinness, Ian McDiarmid, James Earl Jones

Rating: ******
              6/6

C3PO and R2D2 go to save their friend.

What do you put in Number Three
When finishing off a trilogy
That has pushed the boundaries of what can be seen
Up there on the projection screen?

When the first two movies are among the best
Films ever made in the West,
Having won many, many awards,
What can you give this time as an adequate reward?

For starters, I’ll get to the point.
The script doesn’t disappoint.
For the two hours we learn what it’s all about
We can tell that the big story was all planned out.

Meet Jabba the Hutt, an excellent character.

Some of the things we need to see for the sake of continuity
From Numbers One to Three, we get to see.
They don’t sit on the fence. Every action seems to make sense,
And every penny every pence is displayed in its magnificence.

This movie cost a lot to make,
But also took a lot of effort to make,
And all the effort put forth shows.
As for the sheer complexity, only Lucas knows.

So many things, tiny or long,
By the hundreds or thousands could have gone wrong,
And could have brought the project down with it,
But they didn’t let them, and so they didn’t.

Every loose end gets tied up with care,
In fact, everything is done with such care,
That the audience feels well taken care of,
Content and satisfied—too well taken care of?

Chewbacca and Princess Leia are ready for some intergalactic intrigue.

Were we too spoiled by these three perfect movies
That we could no longer watch lesser Star Wars movies?
Not in the least, for even these three
Leave a yearning for more in the same century.

This review is a short one but what hasn’t been said
Can be certainly expressed by the rating it’s fed,
Though a six out of six hardly does it right,
It has more than earned this rating this night.

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