'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' Review By George Oldale

George Lucas Strikes Back With The Sequel!
  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 science-fiction epic and romantic film directed by George Lucas. It acts as a sequel to the first film, A New Hope. This film still has the same actors from the first film, but this sequel has more. Frank Oz who was well-known for performing the Muppets, operates a goblin-like character called Yoda. Billy Dee Williams makes an appearance as Han Solo's friend Lando Calrissian, and Alec Guinness stars as am armored bounty hunter named Boba Fett.

Three years after the Death Star was destroyed by the protagonist Luke, we see our hero riding a white dinosaur-like creature called a Tauntaun, in the snowy planet Hoth. Unfortunately, Luke is knocked unconscious by a yeti monster known as a wampa. Luke manages to escape by slicing off the beast's arm with his laser sword called the lightsaber but grows weak by the cold temperature. Before Luke passes out, the spirit of the mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi tells him to go to the planet Dagobah and seek out Master Yoda.

After Han Solo rescues Luke, a battle is shown between the Rebels and the Empire's horse-like vehicles called the AT-AT Walkers. Luke manages to disable a few but the Rebel base is soon captured. Leia and Han, along with C-3PO and Solo's hairy alien friend Chewbacca escape. Luke and R2 travel to Dagobah so he can get train from Yoda as well as fighting the evil Darth Vader.

The Empire Strikes Back is not as good as the first one, but I do praise the dueling scene between Luke and Dark Vader which leads to the biggest fact of the whole series. The character's costume who I liked the most was Boba Fett's who wore a green suit of amour and a jet pack. I praise the stop-motion they put into this film, such as the AT-AT Walkers who moved very slowly during one frame at a time. But really, I adored the scene where R2-D2 falls in the swamp and get's swallowed but spat out by a Dragonsnake.

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