Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) – 7/10 science fiction fantasy action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia
Alec Guinness: Ben (Obi-wan) Kenobi
Director: Richard Marquand
Writer (Screenplay): Lawrence Kasdan
Writer (Screenplay): George Lucas
Writer (Story): George Lucas
Producer: Howard Kazanjian
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels: C-3PO
Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca
Sebastian Shaw: Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid: The Emperor
Frank Oz: Yoda
David Prowse: Darth Vader
James Earl Jones: Darth Vader

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Han Solo lies carbon frozen in the hands of hideous gangster, Jabba the Hutt. As Luke and Leia race to the rescue, the Rebel commanders are planning their next move against the Empire. Even as Rebel ships mass to form a giant armada, the Galactic Emperor orders construction to begin on a new space station, many times more powerful than the dreaded Death Star.


"Only now, at the end, do you understand." – The Emperor

Something is definitely missing, a magic X factor, but this remains a good, spectacular action movie, and closes the trilogy well. Dramatically, the only interest is in the scenes with Luke and Vader and, ultimately, the Emperor and they do not disappoint. Mark Hamill, David Prowse and James Earl Jones are all good but, as he would prove to be in the prequel trilogy, Ian McDiarmid is astonishing; oddly, gleefully, enthusiastically, whole-heartedly, entertainingly evil. Unfortunately, this only comprises a short period of the overall running time and the remainder, including, sadly, a slightly flat Harrison Ford and a whole stack of dialogue edited without snap (including a horrendous reprise for the ‘I love you / I know’ exchange), all feels a bit inconsequential and irrelevant.

This movie contains violence.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.


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