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Why ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is the Best Star Wars Film

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Why ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is the Best Star Wars Film

This year marks the 40th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Yoda. Lando. Darth Vader’s confession. I love you, I know. “The Empire Strikes Back” has some of the Star Wars saga’s most iconic moments and introduces a few of the franchise’s most beloved characters. For these reasons, Star Wars fans frequently dub the 1980 sequel to “A New Hope” as the best Star Wars film ever made. 

“The Empire Strikes Back” reunites audiences with their favorite galaxy-saving trio: Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo. “Empire” deviates from “A New Hope,” splitting up the trio to test their beliefs and challenge their relationships. Han and Leia grow closer together as they flee the Empire’s continuous attacks. Meanwhile, Luke takes up an apprenticeship under Jedi Master Yoda on planet Dagobah.

Director Irvin Kershner explained how he approached the narrative of “The Empire Strikes Back:” 

“I felt I needed humor in the picture, and yet I couldn’t have gags. I felt I needed a love story, and yet I couldn’t have a lot of smooching and kissing (…) and it had to all be more implied. I knew I needed something powerful inside Luke’s soul.” 

The subtleties and nuances that Kershner describes above are what really set “Empire” apart from the rest of the Star Wars saga entries. The 1980s blockbuster is brimming with delicious character development and complex themes, all set to John Williams’ iconic musical score. The to-the-point video from Films&Stuff above explores the impeccable structure of “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Check it out and then drop a comment below telling us your favorite Star Wars film!

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