The Empire Strikes Back is a sequel to Return of the Jedi and it takes place several years after the movie. When Luke Skywalker is saved from a crossfire of Imperial troops, he's thrown into indentured servitude that may be his last chance for freedom. When Princess Leia and Han Solo run away to escape the Empire, Luke must travel to Dagobah to find out where his friend has gone.
In the end, the movie is based on the books by the name of "The Empire Strikes Back". It doesn't change much from the original because of the major plots and the most important characters. The most obvious difference is that the movies features an overuse of the lightsaber. However, since many viewers prefer the sword fighting technique instead of the more common lightsabers, there is no doubt that it's better to watch this movie than the original one.
The movie is a spiritual sequel to the previous movies in the saga. Although it features a spaceship battle that makes the battles from other parts of the saga, it isn't connected to the Star Wars prequels and to Episode I: The Phantom Menace. It was directed by Irvin Kershner and he worked with George Lucas before. The screenplay of The Empire Strikes Back was written by Lawrence Kasdan. The two wrote The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and Kershner also helped with the screenplays of those movies.
The movie is all about the story of the Force. It seems that the Republic troops will not win this battle as they are underpowered and their soldiers are too weak. They failed to notice that the good guys are actually the ones that have the strength and the resources that the Empire needs to destroy the planet. The film then revolves around the strong military forces that took control of the planet to become the good guys. The Empire, on the other hand, is bad and evil because they don't accept the fact that the Rebellion can beat them in the struggle.
The cast in The Empire Strikes Back is nothing less than spectacular. It includes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Cushing, and Kenny Baker. These actors all reprise their roles that they played in the earlier movies.
The Empire Strikes Back is considered as the culmination of the four Star Wars movies. Because of this, people who have watched these earlier movies will surely like this movie. The story focuses on the themes of friendship, family, and freedom.
Because of the influence of the different stories that were told in the trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back is still considered as the strongest series of the Saga. Therefore, most fans never thought that this movie will actually succeed in giving an actual ending to the series.
Overall, this movie is the best one to be watched if you want to experience an exciting and thrilling story. It features beautifully made explosions, suspenseful scenes, and thrilling battles.