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Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

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Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie

On May 21 1980, Lucasfilm released “The Empire Strikes Back.” The sequel to “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” was the second Star Wars movie released but was called episode 5 since it was the fifth movie chronologically. The movie is viewed as the best by many fans, with a 97% fan rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the highest of any Star Wars movie, as well as a 95% critics rating. 

Fans like this movie for many reasons, one of which is the fact that the heroes don’t get a single victory throughout the entirety of the movie. Viewers found this to be particularly enjoyable, they liked watching the heroes have to endure a challenge. When I asked Matthew Lloyd what he thought about this movie, he said he “really loved this movie, watching the heroes lose made the movie seem more realistic.” He continued to say that he doesn’t “think that a movie can be good if the heroes never lose, never face a challenge.” Many people agree with Matthew that it is hard to like a movie when the hero is invincible; it takes the mystery out of things and makes the movie much less interesting to watch. 

One of the major plot points in this movie is the Darth Vader storyline. Vader spends the movie attempting to capture Luke. The twist on Cloud City is viewed as one of the greatest ever done in cinema history; the reveal that Darth Vader was Luke’s father was truly shocking. When I asked Aneesh Bhat what he thought of the twist he said, “I had already known about the twist before I watched the movie, as many people had talked about it as one of the greatest twists in history.” Next, I asked him if he thought knowing the twist could have an affect on how much he enjoyed the movie, he responded with,“I could definitely see how the twist was surprising but having it in my subconscious didn’t help.” The next thing I asked him was if he thought that it could have affected how he enjoyed the movie. He said, “for sure I think that already knowing the twist was coming made the build-up to it less enjoyable to watch. I still think the movie is great and is definitely one of my favorites.” The twist of Vader being Luke’s father ended up being so good that it isn’t even a twist anymore. 

Due to the fact that the movie was so popular and the release of the prequels, Vader being Luke’s father is a known fact, not a huge revelation. This could be making the movie less enjoyable to fans as many people find the build-up and payoff to a twist like this to be extremely satisfying to watch, but because of the immense popularity of the movie, new watchers don’t get the luxury of being surprised by the news that Vader is Luke’s father. When I watched the movie I had watched the films in chronological order, not by release date, so I knew the whole time that Anakin was Vader. I can’t say for certain that I would have enjoyed the movie more if I had not been informed of the reveal before it happening, but I feel it would have made the experience more enjoyable if I had gotten to experience the twist fully. 

What made this movie so much better than others was that the heroes never won, the twist that Vader was Luke’s father, and the characters. A movie is only as great as the characters portrayed in it, and the characters of “The Empire Strikes Back” are phenomenal. All of the characters in the movie have great character arcs throughout the movie. We get to see Luke on a low after the base gets destroyed, to feeling confident after his training, to getting absolutely destroyed by Darth Vader. The characters in this movie, the twist, and the constant losses the heroes had to endure make it in my opinion, as well as the opinion of many fans and critics, the best Star Wars movie ever released.       

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