Star Wars, what a franchise! I love them all, however I must admit the original 3 are my favourite. Now that Disney has bought Lucasfilms, who knows what the future holds, but to pick just one of the current films that is tough.
I think my favourite film has to be -
Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth Vader lures young Skywalker into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with the Sith Lord, Luke faces the startling revelation that the evil Vader is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.
I have always enjoyed the 'darker' films when things don't always go the way of the hero. I feel it builds more structure to the story and makes you get more involved. I am more on edge and really have empathy for the main characters and this film drags me in every time without fail. As soon as I hear the astounding soundtrack the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, and I know that I am going to have a few hours of pure viewing pleasure.
Initially it received mixed reviews from critics in May 1980, when it was first released. However since then it has grown in esteem becoming the most critically acclaimed chapter in the Star Wars saga and one of the most highly rated films in history. It earned more than $538 million worldwide over the original run and several re-releases, making it 1980's highest-grossing film. Plus when adjusting for inflation, it is the 12th highest grossing film in the U.S and Canada as of 2012. Now that alone shows the love there is for this film.
The reason why I love this film is because you are able to get to know the characters better, their relationships develop, heros get lost, you meet new characters which you fall in love with (epic Yoda). There is fighting, laughter, Jabba the Hut, deception, the force. There is just so much more you can get your teeth into and really enjoy.
Lets not forget one of the most iconic screen play moments in film history -
I truly love it, in fact just talking about it makes me want to watch it right now!
Dar, dar, dardardar, dar, dar, dardardar, dar, dar, dardardardarrrrrrrrrr.