I remember seeing The Empire Strikes Back when I was about fourteen, in English, with Portuguese subtitles. We had just moved to Brazil, and I wasn’t particularly fluent in either language at that time, so a lot of the subtleties of the plot eluded me. Like, that Han and Leia sort of get together. I thought she kissed Luke, so she’ll be in love with Luke. Sweet fourteen.
I was, however, majorly impressed with Luke’s one handed handstands, Yoda sitting on his foot. It was all very mysterious and very cool, and Luke and Leia both left a lasting impression. I’m not a Han Solo girl really, but the Wookie was mysterious and cool as well.
Harrison Ford has of course gone on to become one of Hollywood’s best employed actors, and Carrie Fisher popped up in a movie here or there, besides she has written a book – but Mark Hamill has all but disappeared from the public radar. So what a treat to see him back. Him, and Carrie Fisher both, not to mention the Wookie – and boy have they aged well.
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