I love the entire Star Wars saga. The Empire Strikes Back is good....but not my favorite. I can't even really explain why. But it doesn't hold my interest as well as the other five movies. It is crucial to the storyline, however.
The whole Star Wars saga maintains a classic, good vs evil plotline. You're constantly cheering for the Rebel Alliance, but also wondering, "how in the world are they going to win this thing?" The Empire has the upper hand. But while training with Yoda, Luke asks, "is the Dark Side stronger?" to which Yoda firmly replies "no". Star Wars holds true to the "good always triumphs over evil" mentality, which I love.
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Luke Skywalker holds true to his whiny, some-what bratty character. He is brash and impetuous, but you do admire his bravery. He is willing to put his life on the line for his friends. Leia's still bossy. But, again, she's willing to stand up for what's right, even if she has to do it herself. Han Solo is sill cocky and somewhat selfish, but now he's slowly learning to get his priorities straight. Chewbacca is still Han's loyal sidekick. Han's "friend" Lando also enters the scene.
I don't watch this one while eating. At the beginning, Luke is attacked by a monster, and he cuts its arm off, and we see some blood. Later, Han slices open an animal, and we see its insides (more gross then gory...I don't really know how else to explain). That's the worst of it. Darth Vader chokes a few of his officers who fail to complete their duties. Luke gets his hand cut off in a light-saber duel. Han is tortured--but we don't see it. Then (the poor guy) he's "frozen in carbonite"...encased in stone, sort of. There's also plenty of gun fights and star-fighter battles.
A few brief kisses. Han and Leia flirt a little.
One use of "hell".
Although this one isn't my favorite, its still a fun, clean movie. It's crucial to the saga. We learn about Luke's past, and we also get our first glimpse of the mysterious Emperor. The stage is set for the final installment.