Movie Thirty Five
Ah yes, another original Star Wars movie down…One to go.
Since I covered my thoughts about the current state of the Star Wars universe and the awesomeness of the recent Blu-Ray releases in my review of A New Hope, I won’t double-dip. The Blu-Ray release of The Empire Strikes Back is flawless.
Considered by many (including me) to be the best of the Star Wars films, Empire is chock full of movie goodness. There’s action, romance, double-crossing, evil, heroes, plot twists, humor, great writing, superb characters, and excellent directing. The writing and directing portions are crucial to making Empire the best Star Wars movie – George Lucas did neither.
For some reason, Lucas handed off the reigns for directing and took a backseat on writing this movie and Return of the Jedi. I’m not sure if he thought he had something to prove by taking the reins again to do the prequel trilogy, but I really think that is why the newer movies simply aren’t as good. Lucas created a fantastic universe, but apparently isn’t equipped to make great movies anymore.
Before I get too far off on a nerd rant, watching The Empire Strikes Back is something I could probably do every week for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it. I still noticed new things and appreciated just how good of a movie it is. It truly is a great movie, not just a great Star Wars movie.
I give it 5 bounty hunters out of 5.