Wednesday 13 November 2019

The force is strong. . . with some of them

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) HHHH

George Lucas's story of a farmboy from an obscure planet who discovers his heritage as a Jedi knight captured the imaginations of an entire generation and introduced us to one of the great screen villains, Darth Vader.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) HHHHH

In the second and definitely the best film of the series, Luke Skywalker hones his Jedi gifts under the tutelage of Yoda before confronting Vader, who makes a devastating revelation.

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983) HHHH

As the Empire puts the finishing touches to a new Death Star, Luke rescues Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt and sets out to persuade Vader to turn away from the dark side. Entertaining, but dull in parts.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) HH The point where it all started to go wrong. The Phantom Menace begins the story of Anakin Skywalker's journey to the dark side, but was long, boring and utterly humourless. Made a billion at the box office though.

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002) HH

Two-hours-and-20-minutes long and even more turgid than its predecessor, Attack of the Clones pitted Anakin against Count Dooku, and while strong on special effects, was pretty weak on plot.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) HHHH

In by far the best of the second Star Wars trilogy, we watch Anakin Skywalker slowly transform into the evil Lord Vader as the Galactic Republic is lost.

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