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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Movie Review: Shocked by the Ugly Truth, Luke’s Path of Becoming a Jedi is Much More Emotional Than his Vader

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Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back Movie Review: Shocked by the Ugly Truth, Luke’s Path of Becoming a Jedi is Much More Emotional Than his Vader

This review may contain mild spoilers


With the war between Empire and Rebel Alliance continues, so does Luke Skywalker’s (Mark Hamill) journey to become a real Jedi in the galaxy far-far away. Set 3 years after battle of Yavin in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, now the trio must face the rage of Empire resulting in striking them back.

This already dangerous situation makes Luke realizes that he must quickly visit the only remaining Jedi Master, Yoda, in Dagobah System as instructed by Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guiness).  But little does he know that the actual challenge in becoming Jedi is not the hard skills but his ability to accept a shocking relationship between him and Darth Vader (David Prowse).

Aiming to combat Dark Side and restore the peace in galaxy, Luke must first deal with the ugly truth that Vader is his father he never expects. Now Luke has learned the past, Yoda fears that his new apprentice will walk on the same path. But does Yoda’s Force tell Luke right like it tells Anakin a menace in Episode I?

One thing for sure that the father and son relationship makes this episode full of emotional encounters. The sub plot of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) romantic spark even brings this episode an additional dramatic ending. From the moment Luke’s hand being cut off by Vader to Solo being carbonited, leaving Leia and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) desperate, this episode has given Empire the chance to avenge its lost to the trio. But who is actually they’re aiming for?

After losing battles in Yavin and Death Star, Empire has became very determined to hunt down entire Rebel Alliance squads by dispatching probe droids across the galaxy. But none to their acknowledgment, Empire is actually seeking for Luke. And after an intense searching, it is revealed that both targets are located on the icy planet named Hoth. But fortunately Luke is on his way off to Dagobah, splitting up with Han, Leia, and the rest of Rebel Alliance.

Irvin Keshner’s Direction Bring the Most Emotional Episode

After an amazing success of Episode IV, George Lucas’s decision to step down from this director seat and pass it over to Irvin Keshner obviously disappointed many fanboys. But his decision has been proven right and even brings more agreeable qualities to the saga.

Keshner has a sense of visionary and is capable to continue Lucas’s legacy. He expands the universe of Star Wars and delivers a contented result within the character development, stunning visuals, and emotional moments. No wonder if Episode V easily becomes favorite of many.

On cast department, not only the trio reprise their roles and get more interesting plots, the trio consists of Hamill, Ford, and Fisher deliver a solid performance as a team, a quality which is not much shown in previous episode. The scumbag Solo has turned a good friend and tamed the wild Leia. He learns many about love and friendship while Luke gets more mature under training of Yoda.

Mark Hamill, A Great Jedi in Making

Compared with Hayden Christensen‘s Anakin, Hamill’s Luke actually has a bigger chance to be the anticipated menace of the saga. Complex family background and cliche options potentially drag Luke away from following the light of Jedi path.

However, struggling between his father’s past and his own future has brought this character emerge with fruition, making Luke no longer the farm boy from Tatooine. Instead, his well dealing with Vader and Force makes him a leading Jedi, surpassing Anakin and the rest introduced before him, in our opinion.

Hence, his strong will of becoming a Jedi in the midst of weakening Force reminds us that Force is strong in whoever believes it. And as it’s always be told as the legacy of Skywalker family, “The Force is strong in my family.” “My father has it.” “I have it …” All that Luke has to do is reminding Vader to believe the same since Luke is the only chance Force has at the time being.

Star Wars: Episode V - A New Hope

Director: Irvin Kershner

Cast: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, David Prowse, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Duration: 127 mins

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