Australian Council on Children and the Media

Star Wars Episode V: the empire strikes back

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What’s it about?

The rebels are stationed on the ice planet of Hoth but it comes under attack from the Imperial forces. Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca manage to escape just in time in the Millennium Falcon. Luke Skywalker is instructed by Obi Wan Kenobe  to travel to Dagobah to receive training from the Jedi Master Yoda. There Luke finds Yoda is a small creature, not quite what he was expecting, but with great powers which he patiently tries to teach Luke to use.

Meanwhile Han and Princess Leia land on Bespin where they are taken in by an old friend Lando. Unfortunately Lando betrays them to the Empire who capture Han and Princess Leia and take them prisoner. Luke realises his friends are in trouble and leaves Dagobah to rescue them. He finds himself in much great difficulty though when he comes face to face with Darth Vader 

What to look out for

There is quite a lot of fighting throughout this movie including space ship battles. laser gun and light sabre fights and other scenes such as:

  • A large ice monster attacks Luke, drags him away and he is shown hanging upside down.
  • Luke cuts a monster’s arm off with a laser.
  • Luke and Darth Vader battle in his mind, with light sabres. Luke chops off  Darth Vader’s head but it is Luke’s own face he sees.
  • Luke and Darth Vader do fight with light sabres and Darth Vader cuts Luke’s hand off.

As well, there is a lot that could frighten children in this movie such as:

  • The many alien creatures – they look quite scary including Chewbacca and Yoda.
  • Darth Vader is a very scary character –covered in a black armoured suit complete with face covering. He breathes very loudly.
  • A large ice monster is shown eating raw meat with blood dripping from its face.
  • Luke is caught in an ice blizzard and collapses with his camel. He appears near death.
  • Luke falls out of a window into an abyss. He nearly falls off the planet but hangs on to wires.

Moral of the Story

The main message from this movie is that you should not allow yourself to be overcome by evil and should remain true to your beliefs.

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