Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back


Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 97%
IMDb Rating 8.8 10 984078


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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
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Reviewed by ivo-cobra8 10 / 10

Excellent timeless classic, the best sequel of all time!

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) is an excellent timeless classic that it is the best sequel of all time. I love this film to death, it is my second favorite film and the best sequel in the Star Wars franchise that I love. The Empire Strikes Back is a movie that it is one of the best sequels I can think of, it is right there with Aliens (1986), it is right there with Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) it is an excellent sequel and it really does establish The Empire as a value treat. Empire Strikes Back is still and excellent film which I really believe is a timeless classic. This is my second favorite film from director Irvin Kershner. Number 1 favorite Irvin Kershner film will be RoboCop 2 (1990) which is very underrated action flick. I still have to review those movies someday.

Empire Strikes Back (1980) is the best one of the series, because it's deeper, darker, more philosophical. It's great because Darth Vader and the Empire are at their most menacing, the direction is creative, the characters feel real, the nature of the Force is explored more without losing its mysticism, and the pacing is, as George Lucas would put it, faster and more intense than any other film in the saga.

The plot is actually more a rescue mission that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is coming to rescue his friends Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, C-3PO and Chewbacca are captured on a planet Bespin in Cloud City from villainous Darth Vader. Han Solo's friend Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) set the up and with Darth Vader he set a trap for Luke. Also Luke studied the Force under Jedi Master Yoda to become a full Jedi Knight but in the end he must confront Darth Vader (David Prowse) by him self. The origins of Luke Skywalker are reveled.

Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980 it is directed by Irvin Kershner this time and not George Lucas. Because George Lucas decide that he want to make this sequel independent one, so he ended up coming with his own, founding for the film. Getting a loan and money he earn from the first movie and it success, so he decided he wanted, to found the film him self, and he wanted to be more an executive producer to keep an eye on the lamp, he moved to a bigger studio in Orange County, California, so he diced to be more a producer he did not want to direct Empire Strikes Back. So his first choice was Irvin Kershner, who was a professor at UC in the UC film school, that George attended too and he always liked Irvin Kershner and of course he was a former professor and it was a hard way talk him to do it and the first time Irvin Kershner didn't want to do it, so George called Irvin's agent and his agent said to Irvin take it so he did and the rest is a history. This stands the test of time, the best film he ever directed! I love John Williams score still the same, but I think John Williams changed the music score for a little bit, but that's just my opinion.

Things that I love in this film: I love the battle with Rebels fighting with the Imperial AT-AT walkers on the ice world of Hoth. That is my favorite scene on ice world in the film. The Imperial AT-AT walkers are incredible well made with classic special effects.

I love that the origins of Luke Skywalker are reveled, that Luke is the son of Darth Vader, who is actually Anakin Skywalker, before he become Darth Vader and went to the dark site.

For the first time ever, we see an Emperor in a Hologram talking to Darth Vader.

The Falcon with Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, C-3PO and Chewbacca hiding in the rocks try's to eat a monster.

Luke faces with Darth Vader him self face to face and get his arm cut off and then he jumps off the bridge, because he didn't want to join his father in a dark force. The lightsaber duel throughout the chamber between Luke and Darth Vader was excellent and it was epic.

The training sequence with Luke and master Yoda were excellent and epic.

A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back are my favorite films in series, that are in the franchise, this film get's a perfect 10 score for been the best sci-fi adventure sequel of all time.

Reviewed by Mr_EGM 9 / 10

Best Star wars movie!

There is nothing more to say! A true classic and the best star wars movie so far in the series. Everyone should see this movie at least one time since it has had such a huge influence on our culture!

Reviewed by elia_henden_nygaard 9 / 10

An epic and wonderful directed Star Wars movie

Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back is the fifth chapter and installment in the Skywalker saga, and a continuation on the original trilogy as well. The first thing I would like to mention in this review, is that this is a Star Wars movie with a much darker tone and setting. The plot does feel more urgent in this movie than in episode 4 (ANH), because in that movie our heroes always had the upper hand until the very end, but in this film in the trilogy the empire is striking back, and the rebels are then desperately trying to flee out of the hands of the enemy and out of the situation. This made for a very exciting and thrilling story, and I was also feeling more depth for the main characters and hoping that they would succeed until the very end, like they did in the previous episode.

The main reason why I think that The Empire Strikes Back is (by some fans) the best and most popular installment in the Star Wars franchise, is because of Irvin Kershner's beautiful direction with the story, and how he handled the main characters and the tone of the movie. It feels much more unpredictable than the previous film in the trilogy, because there are a certain plot twist and some other story elements that I did not expect coming near the end of the movie, and that probably will surprise you too (if you are watching this film for he very first time). I also have to mention the way Irvin Kershner directed this movie in terms of the cinematography, because some of the pictures/shots in this film are so memorable and still look very iconic in film history to this date. This made the movie in general even more spectacular and beautiful to look at. The use of detailed models of vehicles, creatures, environments, objects, weapons, stop motion and practical effects, also made this movie very iconic and I really got the feeling that this is actually taking place in the Star Wars universe.

The original cast of Mark Hamill, Harrisson Ford, and Carrie Fisher does as overall great performance in their roles, and they are without doubt some of my favorite characters in Star Wars, not just because of their abilities, but also the well done characterization as well. John William's musical score feels epic and amazing as always, and also added a lot of emotional drama to the story.

There is really nothing I want to criticize this movie for, because it is so beautiful and well directed in so many ways, and because I think personally that Irvin Kershner did a pretty good job with his direction. I therefore look at this movie as a masterpiece in Star Wars history, because it had all the elements that I wanted to see in a Star Wars movie. It could not have been any better than this.

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