Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

dir. Irvin Kershner. The Hoth scenes are so brilliant. How many science fiction films open in a brand new world, introduce a new villain aesthetic, and then abandon it as the story moves forwards? This time I really enjoyed how much Luke uses the Force. Was the moment he grabbed the Lightsaber in the Wampa cave the first time he moved a physical object with the Force? I know in Episode IV, he intuitively used the Force to practice dueling, make the crucial hit to destroy the first Death Star, but is this the first time he actually moved an object? Or did something happen in between films? Mark Hamill is so amazing.

By Nicholas Hudson-Ellis

Co-Founder & Film Programs Manager of Bangkok Screening Room.

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