Film of the day: Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

Ah, Return of the Jedi; origin of the Princess Leia fan-boy bikini fantasy; the film that brought us the loathsome mega slug Jabba the Hutt and the demise of bounty hunter Boba Fett (whoops, spoiler). Episode VI is the third instalment of the original triptych, here directed by Richard Marquand, it follows Luke Skywalker back to the Dagobar system to conclude his schooling with Master Yoda.

It lacks the darkness of Empire, instead reverting back to the classic adventure formula of rescue the princess/sister in distress, fight your inner demons, and confront your demons/father to be a better person/Jedi warrior.

Return of the Jedi is nevertheless a really enjoyable sci-fi flick, which is full of brilliant sequences and has weathered well. Remastering and digital touch-ups have added a little more depth for new viewers but for those old-timers who watched transfixed by Skywalker, Solo, and Vader et al on release the original will always be the best. 

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Monday 8.00pm on Sky 1