Few but diehard Star Wars fans most likely are even aware that George Lucas didn’t direct the last two of the original trilogy films; The Empire Strikes Back was directed by Irvin Kershner and Return of the Jedi was directed by Richard Marquand. Nevertheless, Lucas’ influence can very obviously be felt in all three films, and even the Must See book’s Directors Index lists Episodes 5 and 6 under Lucas’ name for reference. Each of these three films are an unbelievable achievement, and each of them holds a separate entry on the list, but for ease of reviewing I’ve decided to lump all three together.
Each film holds just the right mix of action, suspense, humor, drama, and thrills; it’s really quite something to behold if you’re really watching for it. While Family Guy might joke that all of the actors’ careers “were destroyed by this movie”, it may be seen as an injustice, as each of them give arguably the performances of their careers. I don’t feel the need to list them all here, as I think doing so would be redundant to the film knowledge of anyone who may be reading this. While Lucas is the director of episode 4 and rightfully gets all the praise for that installment’s excellent direction, Kershner and Marquand each leave their varying touches and styles on their respective installments, and comparing and contrasting the three is quite fun, and never dull to the eye.
This is another difficult one to try and review critically, both for its popularity and status in history, and it is another one that I feel like I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said about it. Nevertheless, I’ve ticked this one off my list, and can only say to give these ones another look with a more critical eye this time around. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am.
Arbitrary Rating: 10/10