Benz Eye View: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

We continue this Star Wars Marathon with…

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


Our favorite characters have truly progressed since the last Star Wars films.  Luke Skywalker is starting to become a Jedi, but he is rash and reckless in his decisions.  Han Solo and Leia Organa are now a romantic couple, but it is more of a love/hate relationship.  Even some of the new characters (i.e. Yoda, Lando Calrissian, and Boba Fett) are appealing through character and/or appearance.

The tone is somewhat different from the last film.  It still has its charm, but it is added with urgency, desperation, and anguish; because this film shows our heroes to be in a bad situation.  Not only did the Empire kick them out of the Yavin 4 base, they seem to be constantly losing.  Finally, the “Twist.”  Oh man, the “Twist.”  I am not going to spoil it for the VERY FEW people have not seen this film, but it earns its twist.

Many of the production and post-production deserve credit for this film.  The practical effects (even if some of them are a bit dated), the sound design, the music, the costumes, and everything else are phenomenal.  In fact, they reflect with the dark tone (watch it and you will understand).  Everything in the film continues to be the reason why everyone loves Star Wars.



The one character that I did not mind in the first Star Wars, but has upgraded into being annoying is C-3PO.   That character starts to complain way too much (which in some cases, he has a point), but this droid gets in my nerves sometimes.

This is a nitpick, but this film may not be as immersive as the last in terms of different planets.  In the last film, we were in a small spaceship, a desert planet with a town filled with aliens and criminals, a giant weapon with Nazi-like soldiers, and a forest planet with Rebel soldiers.  In this one, it is a snowy planet, an asteroid, a murky planet, and a space colony.  Not as alive as the last group of areas we have seen.

The scene where Leia and Luke kiss.  May not mean anything on its own, but in the next movie…Ew.



In May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was released, and everyone was anticipating this after Star Wars.  George Lucas was no longer the director (but he did the story, and Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan did the screenplay), and it was instead directed by the late Irvin Kershner.  Like the last film, The Empire Strikes Back had difficult production problems.  When it was released, there were mixed reviews from critics.  However, fans and audiences love this film, and it is considered to be the best of the Star Wars film series.  I do not blame them, because it is a much better than its predecessor.  The characters we love are back, the situation they are dealing with is much worse than the last, there are new characters that are just as interesting, and one of the greatest twists in film history are what makes this film better than the last.  I do remember not liking it as much when I was young, because it was too dark for me.  Now that I have grown up, I can appreciate it even more.  Star Wars continues to grow, and this film is no exception.


By the way, I noticed something while I was watching this.


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