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Updated on September 29, 2016

Welcome to our first, Decades After Review. We hope this will be the first of many, in-which we review classic films, at last over 10 years old, and give our input into what we think of them years later. We begin with The Empire Strikes Back. The sequel to A New Hope in the, Star Wars Saga. Many consider this film the best of the originally trilogy, and we agree, but ultimately we have a different reason as to why it is the best in the saga. We will tell you those reasons, and you can let us know in the comments below if you agree or disagree.

The first reason is the dynamic between the characters. Most sequels tend to just repeat what they did in the first movie, (We will excuse The Force Awakens for different reasons), but this film gives the characters more depth. Take Han and Leia for example. In the first movie they merely just meet one another. At first they don't like each other, then they grow respect toward the other person after the Death Star is destroyed. It's simple, nothing much to it, the main focus was on Luke anyway, but this time around there is an obvious attraction between the two of them. It also goes beyond the physical, even though one is a handsome Harrison Ford, and the other a beautiful Carrie Fisher, but their personalities is what keeps them coming together. Granted they fight, and why wouldn't they? They're both strong willed, and stubborn, but that is why they like each other. They also see beyond the similarities. Leia knows Han Solo is still putting up a front that he only cares about himself. He's been doing it for years, and he doesn't want to let anyone other than Chewie get too close, and Han knows that Leia is the only one that can get him to open up that and it scares him. For Leia, she is a leader fighting for a noble cause, she doesn't have time for love, but she finds herself falling for Han more, and more every day, and that scares her. The two don't want to give in, but their love grows organically as the two finally say, "I Love You" by the end of the movie. Kinda.

Luke is still anxious to be a Jedi, but now he is a little more pessimistic while being trained by, Yoda. We see how he thinks, and at how he acts in frustration to Yoda's methods. Luke shows flashes of his father in him as he is impatient, and negative. Our characters grow in this movie instead of being exactly the same from when we last saw them, and their world expands with addition of new characters like Yoda, and Lando Calrissian that adds a richness to the story.

Second reason as to why its the best. Most people will say because it's the darkest of the three. WRONG! The fact that Empire has a darker tone is not what makes it great. Actually, we don't even think it's as dark as most people think. We will say it's the most fun with the best set pieces, and best moments in the entire trilogy. We meet Yoda as he agrees to teach Luke the ways of the force. He shows us that a great warrior doesn't have to be a strong brawny man with chest hair. We learn about how mystical, and powerful the force is, and it leaves us with a sense of wonder as we hang on Yoda's every word. We also have an exciting asteroid belt chase, a thrilling snow battle, and one of the greatest shockers in cinematic history. It even ends on a hopeful note. Sure, it does not end with a celebration or coronation, but our heroes live to fight another day as we see Luke, and Leia starring out of their ship as Lando and Chewie are on their way to save Han.

The character of Dante Hicks from the movie Clerks said, "The movie ends on such a down note. I mean that's what life is, a series of down endings." Yeah, Luke gets his hand cut off, and Han is taken by Boba Fett, but the way we see it is that the story is more compelling because of those events rather than a dark depressing film. We learn new things, see great new locations, and even the special effects are an improvement over the last movie. We love Empire Strikes Back for taking risks. We get pumped watching it every time, and that final Light Saber battle between Darth Vader and Luke is the best in the entire saga, and I don't wanna hear how Duel of Fates from Episode One was the best Light Saber fight. That is when it all started to get cartoonish, and the actions scenes where there to appeal to the fan boys who just wanted to see shinny things being spun around really fast! The fight scene in Empire is telling us more about the characters rather than just showing a fast paced battle without substance.

As much as we love A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens, Empire still remains the best for being the most gripping, not necessarily dark. We will just have to wait and see if Episode 8, or 9 will overthrow Empire from it's throne. Which one is your favorite Star Wars movie? Did you agree with us about Empire? We would love to hear from you.


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      Isaac Massey 

      2 years ago

      I think Empire is probably the best too, but don't be so quick to write off the Dual of the Fates sequence as having no substance. Not only is it a better choreographed and more thrilling action set piece (you think that is cartoonish, but a walking carpet and a green hairy puppet isn't? Star Wars has been silly since the opening scenes of A New Hope), but it also tells us a lot about the dynamics between the Jedi and the Sith (ie. when trapped on either side of the laser doors, Qui Gon and Darth Maul handle the situation very differently (meditating vs. aggressive stalking). Further, the final confrontation between Anakin and Obi-Wan in Revenge of the Sith is more emotionally resonant and character driven than Luke and Vader in Empire, regardless of whether you think the prequels are good.

    • nan4wrtng profile image


      2 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Your best analysis yet. This movie gave us a glimpse of the many possibilities we have as humans. It was an eye opener, and it showed us that all what we are capable of doing. It has a great message.


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