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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily- Thursday, June 2, 1983
Lucas does it again with 'Jedi'

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By Richard Campbell
Return or the Jedi
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford,
Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, and
Anthony Daniels
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Now playing at the Campus Theater
IGNORE THE lingering minor crit-
icisms that follow. The simple truth
is that George Lucas has done it again.
Return of the Jedi is a marvelous
amalgamation of fantasy, magic, and
myth all wrapped up in a blinking,
quirky galaxy of imagination.
Making any multi-million dollar
special-effects laden motion picture is
an overwhelming task. Lucas has tem-
pted the critical and financial fates
three times, putting together space ad-
ventures that succeed largely on their
own merits but achieve a much greater
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depth of character and plotting when
considered as one whole and complete
epic.
As with the other entries, Return of
the Jedi begins with a bang and finishes
with a flourish. The introductory notes
tell us that Han Solo still rests in the
clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the
Hut while the evil Galactic Empire is in
the midst of constructing a new Death
Star, more powerful than the one blown
to bits in the first movie.
In the opening scenes, director
Richard Marquand sets the frenetic
pace that will characterize the film as
he assembles all the regulars on the
desert planet Tatooine, readying them-
selves to free Solo. The various beasts
exude nastiness and the entire rescue
bristles with the kind of energy you ex-
pect from adventure films. But at times
this whole sequence seems to be
nothing more than a preface to the rest
of the film and should therefore have
been shorter and less extravagant. At
one point, Luke must escape from a
strange beast called the Rancor, only to
then find himself having to escape from
another creature, the Saarlac, in the
next scene. While two escapes for the
price of one is great, it tends to geta lit-
tle repetitious in a film filled with
-escapes.
The main story of Jedi concerns the
Rebels last ditch assault on the Em-
pire's new Death Star. In order to
finally crush the bad guys, Solo,
Skywalker, and Leia travel to the forest
moon Endor, with the mission of
destroying the battlestation's energy
shield, produced on the planetoid.
Once down there, our heroes are
quickly engaged in a classic chase
sequence against Imperial stor-
mtroopers fleeing on flying motor-
cycles. With the aid of many unseen
hands at the special effects shop, the
audience is whisked at dizzying speeds

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) contemplates the many mysteries of the
force and battles Darth Vader, while Han Solo (Harrison Ford) blasts away
and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) quiets C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) in scenes
from 'Return of the Jedi.'

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through a redwood forest narrowly
missing trunks and swooping under
fallen trees. If you haven't been hooked
on this movie by now, you never will be.

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Enter the real stars of the picture, a
race of too-cute-to-be-true teddy bears
called Ewoks, who help the rebellionin
their own feisty little way.In one soon-
to-be-classic scene, C-3PO tells the
story of Star Wars, The Empire Strikes
Back, and the first half of Jedi, com-
plete with sound effects, to an eager
audience of Ewoks, perfectly mirroring
the effect of the whole Star Wars saga
on Earthly audiences.
There are many more episodes and
brushes with death in Jedi, but most
important, all those dramatic questions
are answered. Luke finds out his true
parentage and in the culminating
scenes of the trilogy, amidst cross-
cutting between the battle on Endor and
a space attack on the Death Star, is for-
ced to meet with his destiny.
Throughout all the laser blasts and
the flying spaceships, the acting con-
tinues to improve. As the young Jedi
who must personally conquer evil,
Mark Hamill fleshes out his farm boy
naivete with increasing sophistication.
Harrison Ford returns to his happy-go-
lucky scoundrel character and keeps
things interesting with his swash-
buckling style.
Often overlooked, Anthony Daniels'
C3PO is a master of dialogue. Although
acting in a tin suit that allows only the
broadest body motions, the golden
protocol droid gives the clearest
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