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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

STAR WARS: Episode V- The Empire Strikes Back

       Many cite "The Empire Strikes Back" as the greatest "Star Wars" movie ever made.  And it's easy to see why so many say that.  It's perfect in every way- and it's got much more character development than the original and jettisons its optimism- going for a much darker film with much more conflict.  This was the movie to see- it had been three long years after the original "Star Wars" had blown our little minds.

     "Star Wars", and "The Empire Strikes Back" in general, was a defining moment in many a child's lives- mine included.  I was absolutely, completely, 100% blown away by every single frame of these movies.  It's hard to actually pick a favorite of the "Star Wars" films- there are certain aspects of all of them that I love.  And of course, the original simply because it came first.  But I would have to say at the end of the day, I think I enjoy "The Empire Strikes Back" the best of them all.  It's a truly wondrous film- it really is quite spellbinding.  It's often praised as the best of the "Star Wars" films, and also as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time as well.  It's a remarkable example of screen entertainment.  A true space opera that equally holds its own and even manages to slightly improve on the original, as amazing as that is.

     George Lucas wisely gave up the direction to Irvin Kirshner, and the result is pure magic.  It's everything classic sci-fi should be- hugely intense and sweeping battle scenes, perfect acting, music, and direction, wonderful and memorable new characters, and some truly amazing light saber sequences.  It's the dark middle chapter of a classic trilogy of science fiction.  It's the "Godfather Part 2" of sci-fi.  And it's awesome.

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