Solo Spotlight: Return of the Jedi
The premiere for Solo: A Star Wars Story may have occurred last night, but for us mere mortals, we still have 14 more days until the film’s release. With our remaining time, we are going to continue our journey of looking at Han Solo’s best moments in the film franchise so far. Today we are picking up with Return of the Jedi, the final installment in the original trilogy. Return of the Jedi was written by George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan and was directed by Richard Marquand. It marked the return of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford portraying our three main heroes fighting against the Galactic Empire, but it also saw the return of fan favorites like Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian and Peter Mayhew as the mighty Chewbacca. Released in 1983, it opened to fairly positive reviews and easily became the highest grossing film for that year.
So, what do we consider to be Han’s best moments in Return of the Jedi?
1) The Sarlacc pit
From the journey to the pit to the actual fight that transpires, this is probably one of my favorite sequences in the entire film. All the interactions between the characters are fantastic, and these moments with a cynical Han are iconic. It never fails to make me laugh when Luke comments that he was born here on Tatooine, and all Han can offer is a comment about how convenient it is that he’s going to die here too. Also, you have to love how Han’s about to die and yet he still feels to need to insult Jabba before it happens. From that remark to him blindly trying to save Lando from falling into the Sarlacc, it’s a great sequence.
Also, I know a lot of people hate the demise of Boba Fett in this movie, but Han’s panic about the character before accidentally blasting him off to his death still makes me laugh.
2) Giving Lando back the Falcon
Anyone else get a little emotional during this scene? No, just me? Cool. This is one of those moments that I think I am going to love even more once I see Solo: A Star Wars Story, but I am pretty fond of it already. I love the history that is alluded to here between Han, Lando, and the Millennium Falcon. Han is so incredibly attached to this ship, and she does mean a great deal to him, which Lando understands. It is a very Han moment to offer her to a friend in need while still hesitating to give her up. Also, you cannot help but smile as he has Lando promise that he’ll return it without a scratch.
3) “Fly Casual”
This scene sums up Han’s whole outlook perfectly. He is so cynical most of the time, and that’s been a huge part of his journey in the series. In A New Hope, he’s only concerned about himself, and throughout the films, he slowly gets on board with the Rebellion and kind of becomes more positive. This scene sums up that dichotomy perfectly as he, Chewie, Luke, Leia, and the team wait for their clearance onto Endor. He simultaneously tells Luke not to get jittery and Chewie to fly casual while voicing his own doubts about this plan working.
And what does he say once they are granted clearence? He insists that he told them it was going to work. That is Han Solo.
4) Ewok Encounters
For me, some of Han’s best lines in the film take place between being captured by the Ewoks and finally being set free. Han gets so aggressive toward C-3PO on multiple occasions, and his suggestion for C-3PO to use his divine influence to get them out of this situation never fails to make me laugh. Han also delivers the iconic “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” during this sequence, and his face while hanging on that piece of wood is priceless. If that weren’t enough, then you have to love Han’s face afterward when these little Ewoks are holding onto his leg and cuddling against him.
So, what do you consider to be Han’s best moments or pieces of dialogue? Who is your favorite character in this installment of the saga?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we find some more of Han’s best moments in Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.