A continuation of my Star Wars review from not too long ago. I guess I’ve made it clear that I love the series, and the original trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies ever made. I do also enjoy the prequel trilogy and its back story, despite the massive hate that has been established for it. There’s no doubt that not only is The Empire Strikes Back a magnificent follow-up to one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made, it’s one of the greatest sequels in movie history. So please, read my review…or destroy you I will. (That was “Darth Yoda” speaking…)
Bottom Line: Not quite perfect, but still wondrous.
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, Frank Oz, Harrison Ford, Kenny Baker, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew
“The Force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.” –David Prowse and the voice of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader
When George Lucas created STAR WARS just three years before, he wasn’t constructing a film but instead a universe. A sequel to further the story was inevitable and vital to the timeless tale’s legacy, and after being received well by both critics and audiences alike, a sequel was confirmed. If THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK were the primary entry in this three-part legend, it would not have stood out. After all, it was released in 1980–the year responsible for an overwhelming number of unforgettable classics. THE BLUES BROTHERS, AIRPLANE!, THE SHINING, ORDINARY PEOPLE, RAGING BULL, and many more. Considering this is one of the greatest sequels ever made, it stands out in its own unique respect.