Reviewed by: Ryan Kelly
“The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition” is the second movie in the “Star Wars” trilogy to be re-mastered and re-released in 1997. The Special Edition includes an improved soundtrack, better digital effects, and a few extra tidbits of added footage.
“The Empire Strikes Back” picks up where “Star Wars” left off. The Imperial forces (the bad guys) have been set back by the destruction of their Death Star, but are all the more furious and committed to the obliteration of the Rebels (the good guys), who are fighting for peace and freedom in the galaxy.
Many critics view this as the best of the “Star Wars” trilogy of movies, and I won’t disagree. The producer/director, George Lucas, had much more money when he filmed this movie than he did for the previous one, and it shows. “The Empire Strikes Back” has a better plot, better acting, and is—overall—the best!
The “force” is explained a little more in “The Empire Strikes Back”. It is a god-like energy field which surrounds all who live in the galaxy. There is both a “good side” and a “bad side.” The good side is peaceful, honest, just, etc. …while the bad side promotes hate, anger, etc. As a being lives, he/she/it must choose between the good and the bad. This philosophy should be explained, especially to younger viewers, as only partially true. While choosing good over evil is important for the present life, it does nothing in helping you in the eternity which awaits. If you want to live with the good rather than the bad for eternity—rather than just a few decades—you must choose Jesus! (See John 14:6, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, 8:1, …and other related passages in the Holy Bible.)
The MPA rating of “PG” is basically given for the “science fiction style” violence; laser blasts, flying ships blowing up, beings who get killed, etc. There are also a few profanities.
Should you go see this film? In my opinion, yes, yes, please do! It isn’t often Hollywood re-releases a good, clean movie for family viewing. The special effects are great, and John Williams' music score in this one beats them all!
EDITOR’S NOTE: We encourage you to view the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating—in this case, “PG”—as a bare minimum standard. Because the MPA’s rating system is based on the ever-changing norms of a society in flux, it does not reflect a Bible-based standard. PG means “Parental Guidance” suggested and even the MPA encourages parents of pre-teens be very discerning when it comes to PG films and those under 13 years of age.