Of all the varying opinions on Star Wars, the one thing fans and critics seem to agree on is that The Empire Strikes Back represents the pinnacle of the franchise. Back in 1980, it seemed impossible that any movie could ever reach the same, record breaking heights as the original film, but audiences were stunned by the direction its sequel took - and the film became a phenomenon all its own. Not only is it regarded as the best Star Wars movie, but one of the greatest sequels ever made.
There’s a kind of perfection about the movie that elevates it to the upper-echelons of the series. While a lot of people are quick to point out the darkness of the movie as its main strong point, there’s so much more to it than that. It’s beautifully written and directed, and it takes us deeper into a galaxy far, far away than what must’ve seemed possible prior to its release. The characters we know are expanded on, new characters are introduced, and it all comes together to leave audiences shocked, elated, and desperately wanting more. In doing so, it became the standard—one that has yet to be equaled, but which is constantly being strived toward. Even in its perfection, however, it turns out there are still ways to poke a few holes in it.
In their latest Honest Trailers, Screen Junkies managed to find a way to bring The Empire Strikes Back down a peg or two, taking their keen comedic insight and firing it at the vaunted entry into the saga - an effort they admit themselves is going to be difficult. Even in the face of such impossible odds, they manage to take a few shots that land direct hits.
Accomplishing this largely by focusing their humor on the impact of the movie rather than the movie itself, Honest Trailers does manage to put Empire into perspective. The hits begin immediately with pointing out—as so many have done before them—that creator George Lucas had the least amount of involvement in the making of this film. They then lampoon the fact that The Empire Strikes Back is so good that it has become a code used to indicate when a franchise takes even a slight dark turn.
As telling as it is that Screen Junkies had to rely on the film’s cultural impact over flaws with the film itself, this Honest Trailer still takes a few shots at Empire Strikes Back here. For instance, most people have probably never noticed just how often Han uses his hands to make his points. They also, rightly, have a bit of fun with the varying pronunciations of Han’s name used throughout the movie.
For the most part, however, even when they’re doing their best to lampoon the film, Honest Trailers gives Empire its due reverence, pointing out multiple times how amazing it is and even admitting that some of their jokes are a bit of a reach. The effect is pure Honest Trailers gold, however, and shows just how funny these guys can be. All in all, it ends up being a perfect way to honor Empire and stoke the flames of your excitement for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which opens later this week.
Source: Screen Junkies
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