Star Wars Episode V1: the return of the Jedi

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What age is this for?



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What’s it about?

Luke Skywalker returns to his home planet to rescue Han Solo, who is still frozen in carbonite, from Jabba the Hutt . Meanwhile Princess Leia and Lando also plan their own rescue. The three eventually manage to escape with Han and destroy Jabba’s palace in the process. They learn that the Galactic Empire has almost completed a new death star, far worse than the first. They travel to Endor to demolish the shield that is protecting the death star so that they can destroy it.

On Endor they encounter the Ewoks, furry little creatures that live like primitive tribesmen. At first the Ewoks think the newcomers are enemies but when they realise their plan they join with the rebels to destroy the Empire’s death star. Meanwhile Luke, now almost a full-fledged Jedi, has to confront his father to complete his mission.

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:

  • Jabba the Hutt tires of one of his female dancers and so he opens a trap door which she falls through to her death.
  • Luke is put in a cell with a Rancor – a huge dinosaur type creature who slobbers and tries to grab at Luke with its claws. Luke gets away by ramming a rod down its throat and shutting the spiked gate on its head, killing it.
  • Princess Leia strangles Jabba with the chain.
  • Darth Vader and Luke battle with lasers – Luke cuts off Darth Vader’s arm.

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

  • Jabba the Hutt is a huge, scaly creature with a tongue that continually flicks out around his mouth.
  • Several aliens in Jabba’s palace look very scary. Also the guards are fierce looking beasts with long fangs and axes.
  • The Emperor is hooded in black with an evil, wrinkled, pale face and red eyes.
  • Darth Vader is a very menacing character –covered in a black armoured suit complete with face covering. He breathes very heavily which makes him sound scary 

Moral of the Story

The main message from this movie is that evil cannot be overcome by evil but can be overcome by good.