Star McDiarmid). C-3PO and R2-D2 are sent there

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 movie that
was a Lucasfilm directed by Richard Marquand that many people around the world
are familiar with. The story opens up with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) imprisoned
in carbonite kept as a decoration by the Jabba the Hutt. Han’s friends are
engaged in an attempt to free him from captivity and reunite with him to take
on the evil empire led by the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid). C-3PO and R2-D2 are sent
there with a message from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) with an offer for the
safe 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 over
Chewbacca to Jabba. She gained his favor temporarily until she attempted to get
Han out and she became enslaved as well. Luke arrived and was also captured and
forced to fight a rancor to the death and after defeating him but is still in
custody of Jabba. They eventually escape Jabba and make their way back to team
up with the rebellion. Here they believe that they have a plan to destroy the
most dangerous weapon in the universe called the “Death Star” in an attempt to
stop the empire and bring peace and balance back to the Galaxy. Along the way
there are many conflicts besides just good versus evil. There is also Luke who
is concerned about his father Anakin Skywalker who was a Jedi and went over to
the dark side and is now assisting the evil empire. This is a burden that sits
with Luke and one that he feels he must face himself without his friends to
assist him.

            There
were multiple cinematographic techniques used in the creation of this movie
along with many special effects. In the portion of the movie where Leia is on a
speedster side by side with a scout trooper you can see the special effects
used here was the used of dirt bikes instead of the speedsters because they did
not have CGI then. Cameras were operated at 3/4 of a frame per second as
cameramen walked through Cheatham Gove,
California with steadicams. They
used gyros to help the camera man stabilize for the shot as he was conducting a
tracking shot at medium distance. This tracking shot went back and forth at
what appeared to be eye level between them ensuring that you had bother
perspectives as they are racing through the forest. The shot taken at ¾ speed
had to be sped up to make it look as if the shot was filmed at a high speed
allowing for the illusion of two speedsters speeding through the forest. One of
my favorite special effects done in this movie is not the light saber battles
but the Ewoks that inhabited the planet that the Death Star drew its’ defensive
shield 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 legs
using primitive traps and spears as they lived peacefully. The appearance of
Ewoks is done using a very detailed costume for each of them. There are many
Ewoks shown in the movie with limited clothing, very detailed fur. To make this
happen and to bring the characters to life they used smaller than average
people known today as little people formerly known as midgets. They were able
to employ and cast enough to really give you the feeling that there was a large
tribe of them on this planet.

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            Here in this film we have the
comparison of good versus evil the Rebellion versus the Empire. The rebellion
is has gathered their best forces to attempt to exploit what they believe to be
a weakness in the Empire’s defenses. As they gear up for battle to take on a
larger force and set their plan in motion. The storm troopers who are the
military force of the Empire is looking to crush the Rebellion forces and leads
them into a trap by creating false messages they allowed to be intercepted.

            The film was captivating from the
very beginning. It was action packed, filled with morals, action and some
romance. It was able to take keep me on the edge of my seat while watching the
film. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi was well done
taking the lead of special effects and bring such a strong film to life. I
really enjoyed the Ewoks that were used in the forest the main characters of
the Rebellion. The comedy of the movie and the proper use of C-3PO and R2-D2 in
the film really made me laugh and enjoy the movie even further. I would
recommend this movie to anyone who has not seen it before.

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