Everyone loves Return of the Jedi. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest offerings in the Star Wars movie franchise. One of its best qualities is that it can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, with different aspects of it being particularly enjoyed depending on your age.
Things we loved about Return of the Jedi as a kid
- The Rancor. The Rancor is a big scary monster that eats green pigs for breakfast. It's the closest thing to horror movies that a lot of kids can handle – and the closest to the genre that many are allowed to watch. It was really cool to see – and even cooler that Luke Skywalker bested him.
- Ewoks and, in particular, Wicket. We loved these fellows. The scene in which they think C3-PO is a flying god is pretty funny. Also, the Ewok attack on the Bunker was just awesome, with all the cool tricks and traps they sprung on those stupid Storm Troopers was simply great entertainment. They're cute, as well – like teddy bears.
- Bib Fortuna. He was on one of the Return of the Jedi posters and immediately drew our attention. He was pretty scary and ugly. We really wanted to see what the character was all about – and we weren't disappointed.
- A green lightsaber. GREEN! How cool was that? And it flew out of R2-D2’s head.
- When Luke goes to strike the Emperor down but Darth Vader’s saber beats Luke's. It was awesome and you knew they were about to have the battle they didn’t finish in The Empire Strikes Back.
- When Vader saves Luke. This gave us the BEST FEELING EVER.
Things we love about Return of the Jedi as an adult
- Prince Leia's bikini. It's iconic for a plethora of reasons, with the obvious one being that Carrie Fisher looks very attractive in it. Men and women around the world have fawned over the bikini scenes for decades.
- When Leia replies to Han’s “I love you” with “I know.” It was a clever callback to The Empire Strikes Back when Leia declared her love and then shot an approaching Stormtrooper.
- Listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force. That’s great filmmaking right there.
- When Luke is on the Khetanna, Jabba the Hutt‘s sail barge. fighting guards bearing staffs and blasters, he uses his lightsaber to deflect them. This is perhaps a call back to the original movie where Luke wears a blaster helmet and tries to anticipate shots from the training remote Old Ben found on the Millennium Falcon. This shows the progress Luke has made as a Jedi Knight and is extremely satisfying to watch.
- The attack on the Death Star II. This is a great sequence in the movie – especially that moment when the Falcon flies towards the screen with Tie Fighters all around. Movie magic.