Joel's 100 Films in 2015: Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

46. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Watched 11/28/15

I'm so glad in my rewatch of this series I went 4,5,2,3,6. It's a great way to see all of them (except the rancid Phantom Menace) without ending on Revenge of the Sith, and while maintaining the best overall narrative flow.

Even though I'm not a hardcore anti-special edition guy, even I bristle at Hayden Christiansen's inclusion at the end as a Force ghost. It just makes no sense. Luke wouldn't recognize him anyway.

Other than that, I don't mind the extended celebration sequence, or the joyous Ewoks. It's all a little much, but in the same way that the Lord of the Rings series had earned its many finales at the end of Return of the King, so has this series earned an extended galactic dance number (even if it doesn't make much sense politically speaking. No way news travels THAT fast.

I'm so glad this is no longer the "last" Star Wars movie. In the future, this will be just another ending. One of many, and hopefully most of the ones ahead are as good or better than this one.

4.5 stars

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