Film Review: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi, aka Episode VI, is the final installment in the original trilogy, as well as the sixth film in the “Skywalker Saga”. A year after Vader’s revelation, the Galactic Empire is constructing a second Death Star under the Emperor’s watch in an attempt to abolish the Rebel Alliance. In response, the remaining Rebel Fleet launches a full-scale attack on the Death Star to prevent its completion and kill the Emperor, ending his totalitarian rule. Meanwhile, Luke (now a Jedi Knight), struggles to bring Vader back to the light side of the Force.

RotJ serves as the concluding film to George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, effectively ending the climactic arc of Luke Skywalker and his path to becoming a fully-fledged Jedi Knight. After Kenobi’s force ghost confirms Vader as Luke’s father, he also reveals Leia to be Luke’s twin sister. With this new information, Luke’s attempt to redeem Vader is successful at the film’s end, bringing back the once lost Anakin Skywalker to the light side.

-Bree K.

Star Wars Return of the Jedi is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

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