80s Film Double Feature by Flick Chicks Blog -Ultimate 80s Blogathon

Allie, one of the minds behind Flick Chicks Blog, stops by the Ultimate 80s Blogathon to discuss two of her favorite films from the 80s: National Lampoon’s Vacation and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

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Next up, we have one of the lovely ladies over at Flick Chicks Blog joining us.  I present to you Allie, who has joined in with two of her 80s favorites, diving into her childhood.  Flick Chicks Blog is an awesome movie blog! They dabble in the Blindspot series and the Thursday Movie Picks.  There are reviews on lots of movies and even a segment called Trivia Round-up and much more! Head on over and give them a look!

Let’s me hand it over to Allie for her Ultimate 80s choice! 🙂

The wonderful Kim at Tranquil Dreams and Drew at Drew’s Movie Reviews have teamed up for this amazing Blothathon all about our favourite movies from the 80’s! Thanks for hosting, guys!

Ultimate 80s Blogathon

I myself was born in the 80’s, but just about, and as a result, I’ve never felt I’ve belonged to a certain decade.  My mind likes to…

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Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Review

Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back movie posterSynopsis
After Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) destroyed the Death Star, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and the rest of the Rebel Alliance go on the run from the Galactic Empire. When Darth Vader (David Prowse, James Earl Jones (voice)) discovers the Rebel base to the planet Hoth, he sends his forces to destroy the base and the Rebels inside.

Review
Take everything great about Star Wars: A New Hope and improve on it and you have Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The relationship between Luke, Han and Leia is greatly developed and is actually the main focus of the movie. Whereas A New Hope introduced the characters and presented a lot of action, The Empire Strikes Back concerns itself more with character development. That’s not to say there still isn’t plenty of action. It opens with the Empire attacking the new Rebel base and there is a lightsaber duel between Luke and Darth Vader that is much better and more exciting than the Obi-Wan / Vader duel of the previous movie. This film’s score, once again written by John Williams, is my all-time favorite movie soundtrack. The only knock I have against this movie is that it left too much open to be picked up in the following movie, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. This is a personal preference, but I don’t like when movies aren’t self-contained, which is common among middle entries of a trilogy (see The Matrix Reloaded or The Hunger Games: Catching Fire). Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a demonstration on how to correctly make a sequel, upping the stakes, expanding the characters, and building the universe established previously. If it had a more definitive conclusion, it would have been a perfect movie.

Rating
4.5/5

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Irvin Kershner – Director
George Lucas – Story
Leigh Brackett – Screenplay
Lawrence Kasdan – Screenplay
John Williams – Composer

Mark Hamill – Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford – Han Solo
Carrie Fisher – Princess Leia Organa
David Prowse – Darth Vader
James Earl Jones – Darth Vader (voice)
Anthony Daniels – C-3PO
Kenny Baker – R2-D2
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian
Alec Guinness – Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Frank Oz – Yoda (voice)
Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett
John Hollis – Lando’s Aid
Kenneth Colley – Admiral Piett
Julian Glover – General Veers