365 films in 2016: film 55 (Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi 1983)

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 23.39.41A few days ago out of excitement for the Force Awakens blu ray release (that i will be forcing my girlfriend to watch until she admits Star Wars is cool as shit) i decided to go back and rewatch the original trilogy, and now that i’ve done that i can wrap up all my thoughts on it in a nice convenient post. A lot of people attribute Lord Of The Rings to being the ultimate binge watch movie session movie franchise but  i’ve never really been a fan of Mr Jackson’s quote unquote 9+ hour dominator of the best movie trilogy of all time list, not to say i think it’s a trash overrated borefest or anything but i’m just not a fan.

To me Star Wars is probably one of the best trilogies of all time, and even after all these years of surrounding myself with complex movies that bare complex ideas that make the viewer question their own humanity i still find myself coming back to the Star Wars movies at least once a year. So why is that? well a lot of it probably has to do with nostalgia, just like with anything else you loved as a child the reason why i still enjoy star wars so much today is probably because it reminds me of how much i enjoyed it back when i was a kid watching it for the first time. But i’d argue that there’s more to star wars than that, in fact i’d go as far as to say George Lucas might have wrote one of the most heart warming metaphors in all of sci-fi history. Let me explain, ever since Anakin was born he was a slave, even when he was freed by Qui Gon he was a slave to his own fear whether that be to fear of losing his mother or losing Padme, which eventually drives him to the dark side where he is both metaphorically a slave (to the dark side) and physically constrained in a suit that he needs for survival, until his final moment when luke removes Anakin mask and he dies and is finally free in death.

Obviously there’s a lot more to this idea than that but i don’t have time to write a 2000 word paper about why George Lucas can actually do some good sometimes. Star Wars is a fantastic franchise and The Return Of The Jedi is a fitting end to a great trilogy, it has it’s flaws obviously but it’s a fantastic film regardless, unless it’s the rerelease where George Lucas added in cgi singing aliens in which case avoid at all costs. The Return Of The Jedi is an 8/10.

 

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.

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