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Film REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - ★★★★

Updated: Jan 26

Director: Irvin Kershner

Writer: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas

Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz.

Genre: Action, Adventure Fantasy

Themes: Famous Twist, Part of Trilogy, The Force

After the Rebels are overpowered by the Empire, Luke Skywalker begins his Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader and bounty hunter Boba Fett.

The sequel to Star Wars (1977), it is the second film in the Star Wars film series and the fifth chronological chapter of the "Skywalker Saga".

Unlike its predecessor, Empire met with mixed reviews from critics, and fans were conflicted about its darker and maturer themes than those of the lighthearted adventure Star Wars. Critics praised the expressive features and characterization of puppeteered character Yoda, a diminutive alien who serves as Luke's teacher.

Since its release, The Empire Strikes Back has been critically reassessed and is now often regarded as the best film in the Star Wars series and among the greatest films ever made. It has had a significant impact on filmmaking and popular culture and is often considered an example of a sequel superior to its predecessor.


Jan (Age 11) - ★★★★1/2

"Brilliant movie, loved everything about it, apart from the start - which I did not enjoy as much. Yoda was my favourite character, as he is an energetic 800 year old jedi master. Han solo getting turned to stone (while still being alive) shocked me, as he was another amazing character. Luke Skywalker first being told that Darth Vader was his father was another brilliant part of the movie. This movie was better than episode 4 because the lightsaber fights were improved."

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Harrison Ford is excellent in all the Star Wars movies and it's also worth checking him out as Indiana Jones! Another brilliant fantasy trilogy can be found with The Lord of the Rings . Meanwhile for a new sci-fi superhero series check out The Avengers. Listen out also for Mark Hamill in the recent, The Boy and the Heron.

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