Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 movie thatwas a Lucasfilm directed by Richard Marquand that many people around the worldare familiar with.
The story opens up with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) imprisonedin carbonite kept as a decoration by the Jabba the Hutt. Han’s friends areengaged in an attempt to free him from captivity and reunite with him to takeon the evil empire led by the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid). C-3PO and R2-D2 are sentthere with a message from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with an offer for thesafe return of Han or to face the consequences if Jabba does not agree.
After that failed, Leia (Carrie Fisher)attempted to free him as she disguised herself as a bounty hunter turning overChewbacca to Jabba. She gained his favor temporarily until she attempted to getHan out and she became enslaved as well. Luke arrived and was also captured andforced to fight a rancor to the death and after defeating him but is still incustody of Jabba.
They eventually escape Jabba and make their way back to teamup with the rebellion. Here they believe that they have a plan to destroy themost dangerous weapon in the universe called the “Death Star” in an attempt tostop the empire and bring peace and balance back to the Galaxy. Along the waythere are many conflicts besides just good versus evil. There is also Luke whois concerned about his father Anakin Skywalker who was a Jedi and went over tothe dark side and is now assisting the evil empire. This is a burden that sitswith Luke and one that he feels he must face himself without his friends toassist him. Therewere multiple cinematographic techniques used in the creation of this moviealong with many special effects.
In the portion of the movie where Leia is on aspeedster side by side with a scout trooper you can see the special effectsused here was the used of dirt bikes instead of the speedsters because they didnot have CGI then. Cameras were operated at 3/4 of a frame per second ascameramen walked through Cheatham Gove,California with steadicams. Theyused gyros to help the camera man stabilize for the shot as he was conducting atracking shot at medium distance. This tracking shot went back and forth atwhat appeared to be eye level between them ensuring that you had botherperspectives as they are racing through the forest. The shot taken at ¾ speedhad to be sped up to make it look as if the shot was filmed at a high speedallowing for the illusion of two speedsters speeding through the forest.
One ofmy favorite special effects done in this movie is not the light saber battlesbut the Ewoks that inhabited the planet that the Death Star drew its’ defensiveshield power from. The Ewoks are what I believe a native group to this world.They are smaller bear type creatures that stand and walk on their two legsusing primitive traps and spears as they lived peacefully. The appearance ofEwoks is done using a very detailed costume for each of them. There are manyEwoks shown in the movie with limited clothing, very detailed fur. To make thishappen and to bring the characters to life they used smaller than averagepeople known today as little people formerly known as midgets. They were ableto employ and cast enough to really give you the feeling that there was a largetribe of them on this planet. Here in this film we have thecomparison of good versus evil the Rebellion versus the Empire.
The rebellionis has gathered their best forces to attempt to exploit what they believe to bea weakness in the Empire’s defenses. As they gear up for battle to take on alarger force and set their plan in motion. The storm troopers who are themilitary force of the Empire is looking to crush the Rebellion forces and leadsthem into a trap by creating false messages they allowed to be intercepted. The film was captivating from thevery beginning. It was action packed, filled with morals, action and someromance. It was able to take keep me on the edge of my seat while watching thefilm. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was well donetaking the lead of special effects and bring such a strong film to life.
Ireally enjoyed the Ewoks that were used in the forest the main characters ofthe Rebellion. The comedy of the movie and the proper use of C-3PO and R2-D2 inthe film really made me laugh and enjoy the movie even further. I wouldrecommend this movie to anyone who has not seen it before.