In anticipation for the premiere of a movie which appears to be another spectacular addition to the Star Wars franchise, I wanted to share with my regular readers and fellow Creators my opinion on The Empire Strikes Back and why I believe it is the best chapter of the Star Wars saga and a perfect film.
As a lot of you may know, it is an understatement to say that I am a Star Wars fan as my fandom stretches far beyond "enjoying" the movies. Often times, people will ask me why I am so obsessed with Star Wars and why these movies have become such a big part of my life. In this article, I am going to explain exactly why this is the case in great detail. This piece isn't being produced to snag a lot of views on Movie Pilot but to give my honest opinion about my favorite movie of all time.
"There's No Such Thing As A Perfect Film" — The Empire Strikes Back Debunks That Statement
Many movie critics and fans always like to repeat that there is no such thing as a perfect movie. While there is a certain level of validity to this as even The Empire Strikes Back has to have one tiny error, a "perfect" movie is based on the perspective of the viewer.
There is probably a person out there who thinks Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is a perfect movie. While it is still an entertaining installment to me and may other unbiased Star Wars fans, most people rip the prequel installment apart for its bad dialogue and incoherent storyline and character development. In reality, those "flaws" are only an issue to the specific viewer as that is what they personally did not enjoy. While one person can state that Jar Jar Binks was the biggest mistake George Lucas ever made, another person could believe Jar Jar is a funny comical relief character who brightens the mood of the movie when things begin to get too bleak.
I personally believe that The Empire Strikes Back is nothing less than a perfect movie. There is not one piece of this movie that I dislike and even the parts that I could even argue aren't the greatest, I understand why it is apart of the story. I couldn't imagine this beautiful film changed in any way as it is perfect just the way it is.
The Perfect Sequel To A New Hope
A New Hope was a fantastic movie that introduced us to the massive Star Wars galaxy along with our titular heroes such as Jedi-in-training Luke Skywalker, hustler Han Solo and his furry sidekick Chewbacca, the royal Princess Leia, and R2-D2 and C-3PO, the two droids with colorful personalities. The storyline of the Rebellion rising against the Empire to restore peace in the galaxy was spectacular and we received a perfect ending with the Death Star being blown to pieces and our heroes are rewarded for their courageous acts.
In a sense, A New Hope didn't need a sequel at all as it had a beginning, a middle, and an end. However, it only proved that you can have a complete story without setting up plot points for future installments and then create a sequel better than the original.
The Empire Strikes Back manages to continue the Star Wars storyline as it shows the comeback of the Empire. In this movie, we see the characters we knew and loved in the first movie develop into better versions of themselves. Luke Skywalker is advancing in his training to becoming a Jedi knight and we see him learning from his mistakes and becoming a better warrior.
Also, Han Solo had very questionable motives when we were first introduced to him in Mos Eisely cantina and now in the sequel, we see him dropping his selfish ways and becoming more of a hero. On top of this, we were introduced to other now "iconic" characters such as Yoda, Lando Calrissian, Emperor Palpatine, and Boba Fett.
While A New Hope introduced us to Tatooine and the Death Star, The Empire Strikes Back expanded the galaxy by introducing new and unique locations such as Hoth, Dagobah, and Bespin. These fictional locations really expanded our imaginations and made us want to travel to a galaxy far, far away!
Darth Vader: The Best Villain Of All Time
A lot of blockbusters today tend to follow the trend of introducing antagonists that lack development and purpose. Once in a while, we receive an outstanding villain, which all loops back to one character who set the stage for cinematic evildoers: Darth Vader.
Vader's presence sent chills down the spines of its viewers back in 1977 and in the epic sequel, our favorite villain is further developed. We get to see his motives and how he handles certain situations. The movie dives into how powerful of a character he really is and that he isn't the head of the Empire but only a pawn for Emperor Palpatine, who is introduced in holographic form in this installment. Another great villain himself, we later see how Vader triumphs Palpatine and that his original end goal was to overthrow Palpatine and rule the galaxy with his son. Speaking of his son...
The Best Twist In Cinematic History And A Perfect Conclusion
While Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker clash in the midst of Cloud City, Darth Vader drops a huge bomb not just on Luke but the entire audience. He reveals that deep down inside, he is truly Anakin Skywalker, the father of Luke. This is something no fan could have ever seen coming and truly bedazzled viewers everywhere. It was implemented perfectly and couldn't have been any better of a scene.
By the end of the movie, the story is in a very rich spot where many answers were revealed but many questions left hanging. Luke is rescued by Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids as they deal with Han being frozen in carbonite and the reveal of Luke's father as they stare out into the endless space, symbolizing the endless possibilities of where the story could go next.
Which Star Wars movie is your personal favorite?
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