Tags: Star Wars: Original Trilogy

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

A- | ***½ | +1-1| Kids & Up*

Thematically, where the first Star Wars movie offered a simple vision of good triumphing over evil, and The Empire Strikes Back expressed the problem of evil and the necessity of sacrifice, Return of the Jedi tackles nothing less than resisting temptation, compassion for enemies, and the possibility of redemption for even the most evil.   Read more >

Review: Star Wars [Episode IV – A New Hope] (1977)

A+ | **** | +2-1| Kids & Up*

An orphaned hero. An imprisoned princess. A wise old hermit. A magic sword. A fearsome dark lord. Such conventions are the stuff of myth and romance — yet, inexplicably, the first Hollywood film to give these mythic archetypes their due was not some Arthurian romance or epic costume drama.   Read more >

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

A+ | **** | +2-2| Kids & Up*

The Empire Strikes Back is the backbone of the Star Wars saga. It takes the story and themes of the first film into deeper waters.   Read more >

Review: Star Wars [Episode IV – A New Hope] (1977)

A+ | **** | +1-1| Kids & Up

(Review by Jimmy Akin) Like earlier pulp films, Star Wars draws on mythic and fairy-tale archetypes: a young orphan-hero; a mysterious wizard-mentor; a fearsome dark lord; a magical sword; a princess held prisoner; a gallant rescue mission. Yet on a deeper level, Star Wars is more convincing as a myth or fairy tale in its own right.   Read more >

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

A+ | **** | +2-2| Kids & Up*

(Review by Jimmy Akin) In the process of adding new depth to familiar subjects, the film often takes unexpected turns. One of the subtlest of these — so subtle that it tends not to be noticed by the audience — involves the mythic dimensions of Luke’s transformation from backwater farmboy to mystical adept.   Read more >

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

A- | ***½ | +1-1| Kids & Up*

(Review by Jimmy Akin) In the end, Star Wars reveals itself to be not just the most ambitious science-fiction epic brought to the big screen but a story expressing the importance of family and love, the danger of moral corruption, and the possibility moral redemption.   Read more >

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