Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Empire Strikes Back is gritty, dark, challenging and bloody brilliant. 40 years on its breathtaking and even better to see it once again on the big screen on this current COVID inspired re-release. Set after the events of A New Hope, it starts to put the pieces together that would form the core mythology at the heart of this franchise. It’s a shame then that a LOT of those reveals have been ruined by the prequels. Rewatching Empire the iconic ‘I Am Your Father’ moment becomes shrug rather than the fall of the chair moment it was before. That said the film is still amazing (escape from Hoth, Cloud City, Fett and more) and even Lucas’ 90’s changes don’t ruin it too much. The Empire Strikes Back is, simply put, the best FILM of this series.
Best Bit: Hoth!
Worth A Rewatch: Urm… of course. But specifically rewatch this at the cinema.
If You Liked this Try: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Return of The Jedi, Star Wars: A New Hope