Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This instalment to the Star Wars franchise delivers plenty of action, but lacks the excitement. Kids and fans will enjoy it.


After the Empire overpowers the Rebels on the ice planet, Hoth, master Yoda begins training Luke Skywalker to become a Jedi Knight while his friends are pursued across the galaxy by Darth Vader, who wants to turn Luke over to the dark side of the force.

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Movie details

Director: Irvin Kershner
Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, Frank Oz
Writer: Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan
Release Date (Australia): 7 August 1980
Runtime: 124 minutes/2h 4m
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film includes science fiction themes, as well as threat, peril, implied torture and a scene in which a character is attacked by a large creature.

Violence (PG)

The film includes lengthy battle scenes that feature people being attacked and injured with fantasy weapons.

Coarse Language (G)

The film features a single use of the word “hell”.

mpaa rating

PG (for sci-fi action violence)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The momentum throughout the largely-adored Star Wars instalment isn’t exactly energetic enough to win against A New Hope. So overall, it’s a very well-constructed sequel that continues with the epic sci-fi action, but is mainly disappointing.

The new director, Irvin Kershner, definitely builds onto George Lucas’s original and clever direction. The force, the explosive effects, the appealing battles and the cool robots are all brought back, except they’re not as fascinating this time… The real flaw is the exceedingly unhurried pace, and it manages to coat all the creativity.

Although The Empire Strikes Back leaves off with a reasonably satisfying touch, it fails to leave you excited for the next movie. It’s a likeable flick worth experiencing in the cinema, but it’s adored a little too highly. But still, there’s absolutely no doubt that the big fans of the series will love it.

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