Yes, it could have been worse. But it also could have been MUCH better.
Whether it could be better is completely subjective. I have been reading this thread and people usually don't even provide specific clues to what would make it batter in their opinion. Of those who did, the things I could agree on is to put less screen time on Ewoks and more on space battle, and having Ford and Fisher make better performances. As for the rest of the film I just don't see any room for improvements.
The biggest problem with ROTJ is the writing/editing and how the movie just drags at times.
-The Jabba Sequence goes on WAY too long, and is frankly pretty boring. There are so many ways they could have went about this, possibly having them inflitrate Jabba's Palace the same way they did in the Death Star where there is actually some action. The whole sequence is the droids show up, Leia shows up with Chewy, and then Luke shows up, AND then there is some action. And Leia just saves Han while Jabba and his buddies are sitting behind a curtain??? Why would he let his beautiful prize be freed from Carbonite that easy???
-It's not the Ewoks that bother me so much, its just another part of the movie that just drags, as it seems like Lucas was going through the motions writing this movie trying to get to 2 hours.
There is alot wrong with the ROTJ as the movie just hasn't aged well. The only reason it is in my collection is because SW & ESB are such great movies, it completes the trilogy. Now don't get me wrong, there are some great parts in the movie, but there are some bad parts too that make the movie completely drag at times, and that NEVER happened in SW & ESB. Those movie were edited perfectly.
Agreed. Plus the scenes where Leia is getting to know wicket, freeing han, luke and chewy from roasting on a spit really drag on. As for the jabba scene, I just thought it was written to showcase Luke's growing jedi powers, but often thought how much more tactical sense it would've made to simply have luke,leia,lando infiltrate, find han and signal to a rebel assault force to obliterate jabba's gang
I would have liked to see Endor as some sort of Imperial capital with a sith temple. An imperial fleet would be orbiting for protection. Luke,leia,han,chewy and a company of rebel troops could infiltrate using stolen codes and the shuttle(just like in the movie). rebel capital ships could draw the fleet to one side of the planet while a massive landing force enters the planet on the other side. The massive landing party lures imperial ground forces away from temple to defend the city, aiding Luke's attempt to enter the temple. after dispatching numerous guards Luke enters emperors chambers to take on vader and emperor. Just a thought, but I think its better than silly teddy bears outfighting a legion of the emperors best troops, and the lazy idea of having another DS.