Star Wars always had such great literal movie names, Empire Strikes Back, the Empire actually strikes back, A New Hope, we are introduced to Luke Skywalker the rebels new hope and so on. Unlike movies like The Silence of the Lambs, where there are no lambs being silenced, unless we’re talking about the whole world and how they are supposed to be the lambs, ignoring that the gruff captain in Tony Shalhoub’s Monk once stripped off all his clothes and pretended to be a woman on the big screen.
But then again most movies do have very literal names, Shindler’s List, is about… you guessed it, a guy named Shindler and his list.
But back to Star Wars, all of the names very literal names, however having watched them all because of the coming movie, I have rethought all of the movies, what they sought out to achieve and etc.
I started with the original trilogy, and ended up watching them all, but when I was finishing up Return of the Jedi I noticed that maybe the name was literal enough to have a double meaning. Return of the Jedi for those who have not watched it is about Luke Skywalker’s arrival at Jedi status and as there are no other living Jedi’s he brings balance to the force and makes the name of the movie literal, as the Jedi actually returns.
But what if the name of the movie isn’t actually referring to Luke’s return…
But is talking about the man who is in all six movies, Anakin Skywalker, or in the original trilogy, Darth Vader.
Now I’m of course referring to the last few scenes of Return of the Jedi, in which an enraged/conflicted Darth Vader throws an evil emperor to his death.
The young Jedi then sees his father’s true face as Darth Vader’s mask gets taken off as we start to see Vader die.
However, the scene that is the most important to proving my point is the one closest to the credits. The empire has fallen, the rebels are happy, Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca take a well-deserved night off, during which a happy Luke Skywalker turns to see, Masters Yoda, and Obi-Wan in their Jedi robes, joined by…
You guessed it; a young, happy Anakin dressed in his Jedi robes, thus demonstrating the Return of the Jedi, the one Jedi that was the prominent character in the Star Wars series (or at least so far).
What do you think?
(Sorry about lack of photos, first time creator and long time user of bad internet.)