Top critical review
on October 25, 1999
Hands down the best Star Wars film, no argument there. It's the starkest, best directed, most engaging, funniest, and best performed of the three movies comprising the original trilogy. The entire original trilogy is exquisite fun, but this is certainly the finest. The Phantom Menace, although I enjoyed it in a guilty kind of way -- is just a gaudy, crappy, poorly performed and poorly directed children's movie compared to this. With all of that said, let me clarify that the reason I give this 3 stars instead of the well-deserved 5, is because I noticed I'm reviewing the "Special Edition." The Special Editions blow, and the "additions," regardless of how visually impressive some of them are, just detract. Why tamper with movies that were already perfect? In this version, when Luke finds out that Darth Vadar is his father and drops into that pit, he now goes: "AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" in this really cheesy over-dub. Why add something so stupid in? Most of the little "additions" they made in the Special Edition versions of these movies are similar. Silly and unnecessary. Get the original versions if you can.