The Empire Strikes Back


Directed by Irvin Kershner. Written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. Based on a story by George Lucas. Running time: 127 minutes. Rated PG.


The best film in all the saga boasts better acting, music, story, dialogue, special effects, action and above all one of the most surprising plot twists in the history of film. Up until the last half hour of this film it was a story about a young boy who was learning about the force so that he could combat with the forces of darkness and most of all the man who killed his father only to learn that the very evil he is fighting to vanquish is his flesh and blood father. This is where Empire separates itself from action series and plunges into true mythology.


There is a haunting scene where Luke gets a glimpse into his destiny that shows a great bravery in the filmmaking. Nothing is sugar coated for the sake of the audience. All is done with respect to the story.


The greatest success of this film is the creation of Yoda, a life like little Buddha from the creator of Miss Piggy, Frank Oz. His performance ranges from the comically insane to an almost arrogant and aged master mentor. Much credit as well to Mark Hamill, who performed most his screen time with a little rubber puppet like he were playing opposite Marlon Brando.


The magic of this film comes from a wide collaboration of talents. Lucas delegates directing to Irvin Kershner, writing to Leigh Brackett and Lawerence Kasden and takes on an overseer position guiding all the pieces into place.


Star Wars was fun and exciting and more than enough to win over audiences for a century, but Empire is the heart that makes this story immortal.

~ by fumikaelson on July 12, 2005.

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