Return of the Jedi is undeniably a fitting conclusion to the original trilogy, despite some issues. The story picks up right after where Empire left off, and getting to see all of our favorite characters together again is very enjoyable. As far as a story and an interaction between characters, this is almost as great as the two films that precede it. There’s some iconic moments and reveals and the dialogue is just as witty and sharp. We also learn a lot more about the Force and the universe in general, providing context for Star Wars as a whole. There’s some great action sequences, namely the speeder chase, the final space battle, and the lightsaber duel between Luke and Vader. But the reason all of this works is the great characters and overall well-written script.
This isn’t a perfect film, however, and I have a few problems with it. My main criticism is the pacing. There are at least 2 long, boring stretches in this film where the plot grinds to a complete halt (Jabba’s Palace and Endor have a ton of filler stuff). I also wish that the ultimate weapon hadn’t been another Death Star, which made the stakes feel lower in this film.
Final Thoughts: Despite these issues, this is still a very good Star Wars film. The focus mainly is where it should be: on the great characters and script, which is why this film succeeds.
J.D.’s Score: 4/5
Yall mad about The Last Jedi that Luke is a scared guy who's hiding but no one is blaming The Force Awakens for that. I personally don't like the idea that Luke runs away and hides. I would have loved if the force Awakens made Luke like a God rather than a failure