Film Micrœview #253: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

11.25.2015 § Leave a comment

Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Rating: Dr. Pepper.

Wow. I wonder when the last time I watched the original trilogy was. Maybe I’ve been seeing the stupid special edition for most of my life. What I mean is, A New Hope is so much jankier than The Empire Strikes Back than I remembered. So many costume upgrades: Solo loses his cheapo white belt, Vader’s helmet gets shined, R2’s panels don’t look papier-mached, etc.

Everyone knows that the Imperial March wasn’t in the score until Episode V, but I didn’t realize how many other themes we didn’t have yet, like Luke’s theme, or Leia & Han’s love theme, and how important those are to the score.

Interestingly, I can feel a lot more similarities in V to the other four films now, probably mostly due to the fact that at this point the team knew this was not a one-off. Way more plotting; makes IV look like a straight shot from start to finish.

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