Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Happy 30th Anniversary, Return of the Jedi!
I sometimes wonder if I'd feel differently about this movie if I hadn't fallen in love with it at such a young age. Maybe if I'd been older when I finally saw it I'd have been just as disappointed as everyone else and equally irritated with the ridiculousness of Ewoks defeating stormtroopers by hurling rocks and hitting them with sticks. Seriously, does that armor do anything? But it will always hold a special place in my heart. In spite of all of its faults, I do love when she gets him out of carbonite. And while Han and Leia's relationship story takes a way, way back seat, it's mostly because this really is Luke's movie. Like it or not, he is the protagonist here. But of course Han and Leia work as a great team and everything winds up fine in the end and we know, in spite of what the EU says, that afterward they lived happily ever after.
Here's a fun little article I found on 25 things we didn't know about the movie: http://news.moviefone.com/2013/05/21/return-of-the-jedi-30th-anniversary/ Amazingly, some of these things I didn't already know. Although some of them are stupid and have more to do with other projects the directors worked on or some crap that I don't care about. I did just learn that John Williams' son was the lead singer of Toto. That family gave me so much musical happiness.
Also linked on that page is an article that says that Al Pacino was offered the role of Han Solo and turned it down. I don't know, I never heard that. Even if true, can you imagine? Just, no. Although I often wonder if Harrison hadn't played Han or if Carrie hadn't played Leia or even if George Lucas didn't exist if I'd maybe have more of a real life right now, but let's not get into that.
So, happy anniversary, Jedi! We still love you in spite of your flaws. Least favorite of the trilogy is still a pretty awesome movie. And we will always look at the end of you where everyone is all smiling and happy and believe in our hearts that after that you all lived happily ever after.