Ewok Don't Run

Return of the Jedi ushers in the age of movies for toys' sake

He also has more oomph than any of the actors. Hamill glides through, and the only new twist Fisher reveals is the curve of her torso in her harem outfit. Charles Champlin's official logbook, George Lucas: The Creative Impulse, which contains nary a discouraging word on any Lucasfilm project, quotes Harrison Ford complaining, "I had no idea of what to do with my character. . . . I thought my character should die. Since Han Solo had no momma and no poppa and wasn't going to get the girl anyway, he may as well die to give the whole thing some real emotional resonance. But George wouldn't agree to it." In the cutesy-to-cuddly Jedi, the rebels win the political war and lose the aesthetic one: the opposite of what transpired in the brooding, stirring Empire. As far as art goes, the tally is Empire 1, Jedi nothing.

Return of the Jedi: The Special Edition
Directed by Richard Marquand: with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

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