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Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back


Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Being that Star Wars was said to originally be a stand-alone movie, the fact that it was such a huge hit, Lucas decided to expand his idea into a full on franchise and redub Star Wars as Episode IV A New Hope.
We, the audience were then treated to Episode V.
The story revolves around Luke doing some more in-depth study into the Jedi ways that Ben showed him in the first movie. Heís been drawn toward a distant planet to find a man called ĎYodaí. Upon arriving, he discovers Yoda is actually a little green goblin looking thing that speaks in a strange way. Though Yoda is more than meets the eye.

In a separate storyline, Leia and Solo have been fighting their feelings for one another, or thatís what Solo thinks anyway.
Solo has another mission too. He has to face the brutal gangster Jabba The Hutt, who has put a bounty on his head.

Introduced to the story is an old acquaintance of Soloís, a man called Lando Calrissian.
After an attack from the Empire, Solo, Chewbacca and Leia have fled to Landoís city for refuge, unwittingly though, theyíre heading into even more danger, especially for Solo.

Itís up to Luke though, after seeing their predicament in a Ďvisioní he heads off to save them, leaving his new mentor, Yoda, to brood.

Cue one of the biggest plot twists in movie history and something that nobody could have seen coming.

As a sequel, itís another masterclass in itís own right. It far outweighs the original.

The universe is expanded extensively and there are more highly original characters and settings, planets and societies seen in the film.
Itís a much grander look at the new universe that Lucas created.

The story too is far more extensive. Itís easy to follow but has many, many subtle levels and sub-stories. The introduction of new characters is another easy to follow point but allows the movie to broaden its horizons vastly.

What hits the movie hard though, is that it isnít the average Ďhero wins at the endí kind of film. The ending is a rather sombre cliff-hanger. Relatively downbeat and leaves the audience wanting more.

The cast are all still on top form. This time round Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian is an added element of coolness and charm. Heís like Solo, but with more money and political power.

The special effects are another far bigger and better element of the movie. Obviously the success of the first movie allowed Lucas to pile more money into them and it really shows. The sets too are far grander.

Again, like with the first film, Iím finding it very hard to find any faults with the movie. This time round Lucasí naivety has vanished and the change in director has ironed out all the creases of Episode IV.

All in all a vast improvement on Episode IVís already perfect lead up.
My rating is another 100%