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.

STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)


dir. Irvin Kershner. My favourite Star Wars film. A masterpiece, but now so familiar that I can’t be objective about it. Watched again tonight, will certainly reappear in this movie diary. This time I loved watching the moment of eye contact between Vader and Leia before Han is frozen in carbonite. It’s just a second, but I like to think it’s a hint that director Irvin Kershner inserted to show that Vader senses that Leia is Force sensitive, or possibly connected to his family. Thank you also to @forcetoastpod for reigniting my love for Star Wars.