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By Ann Smallwood
The much-anticipated Star Wars sequel
has finally hit the big screen of Raleigh's
North Hills Cardinal I cinema, and
Triangle residents.are queuing up' in droves
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rescues and evil deeds and hear more wise
counsel from the priests of The Forces
They shouldn't be disappointed. ,
The Empire Strikes Back, the fifth
installment of writerproducer George
Lucas' proposed nine-episode series, is
more than a commercial add-on to the
highest-grossing film of all time. It has a
new-improved style all its own. The theme
music fanfares seem a bit brighter, faster
and louder, the action more polished, the
characters more confident and the
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philosophy more blatant, if not more
mature, or well-defined.
In short, the saga has grown up a bit; and
with the wide-eyed Luke Skywalker (Mark
Ham ill) the audience is taken along a more
violent, realistic adventure in which good
and evil, though still simplistic, become a
little less clear-cut. But along with its
wordly disillusionment and death, The '
Empire retains most of the comic-book
fantasy and naive humor that made the
original Star Wars so magical.
As the tide implies, the plot involves
Darth Vader's revenge on the rebels for
their destruction of the Death Star in the
first film, now billed as Star Wars, Episode
IV: A New Hope. Episode V opens as evil
meets good in fiery splendor on the
spectacular ice planet Hoth.
Once again set decorators, costume
designers and monster and model makers
should be commended for their
imagination and ingenuity, but
unfortunately, in the first scens on Hoth,
stop-motion animation of the rebels' snow
camels is amateurishly jerky. And, perhaps
I'm a cynic, but the Empire's spectacular
tank monsters on stilt-legs were so
incredibly stupidly and clumsily designed
that I couldn't believe that intelligent bad
guy engineers would propose that they be
used to lead ground assaults against fighter
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Despite these and other incongruities
the expected but ridiculous vulnerability of
the the white-armored Imperial storm
troopers,. who still drop like flies at the
most random laser blasts from Princess
Leia (Carrie Fisher) or Han Solo (Harrison
Ford), and the space ships zooming and
booming in a vacuum every good physics
student knows to be utterly soundless this
film has enough action and beauty to
transfix even the most skeptical. It's
amazing what epic splendor and titillating
detail a $20 million budget can provide.
Mercifully, the android comedy team of
C3PO and R2-D-2 was toned down while
the performances of actors and aliens,
under the direction of Irvin Kershner, were
Although eager romantics this time get to
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see lips meet lips, raw sex and dirty words
do not taint outer space's PG reputation.
The heroic trio of Luke, Leia and Han still
chide each other with nifty insults like
"nerf herder," "laser . brain," and
Han is, as could be expected, still the
rogue, but with more sexual bravado.
Luke, although he still does his daring-young-flier
act, does finally learn to show
fear convincingly. Unfortunately, Leia
still issues her jut-jawed commands as if
some asinine male pilot just hissed at her
that her slip was showing. She still seems
more over-assertive than truly
Darth Vader (with James Earl Jones'
uncredited voice) still enjoys growling
dark threats and knocking off his enemies
with Force-powered clutches at the throats.
Attempts to show his humanity were well-'
intentioned and perhaps overdue, but for
the most part, his character stays flat.
The best new face is a gTeen one Yoda
the Jedi warrior trainer. This Muppet-style
imp may seem cuddly and cute, but he's
tough and wily enough to teach
Skywalker, still a reckless boy, a thing or
two about the Force. Here, in a luscious,
swampy-snakey setting, the cackling but
spry 800-year-old Yoda emits a charmingly
jumbled but thematically useless flow of
wise thoughts from Freud toConfucious to
Dr. Norman Vincent Peak.
A less-stunning debut comes from Billy
Dee Williams as Han's old friend, a
Lando Calrissian. It's at Calrissian's
mining city in the clouds that the
unrelenting action reaches its zenith.
Here, at Dagobar, an unexpected twist is
introduced which should keep fans
wondering and arguing until the next
episode appears in '83. The Empire is a
little better than a sequel, but it
unquestionably ends like one like a
beginning. We'll just have to wait.
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