This week i watched the despecialised editions of the original trilogy on an 11 foot projector screen. Seeing them for the first time in years writ modestly large in HD i can say this: The low budget of Star Wars is very obvious when compared to Empire Strikes Back. It's still an astonishing accomplishment for the age and the money, but some of the effects and costumes look shaky as hell under the cold light of day. Luckily the inventiveness and ambition of them make the rough edges really charming and still evocative. Empire on the other hand is obviously much better than the other two. As a lifelong Star wars obsessive, i've always rated the original trilogy pretty evenly in terms of quality. But now it feels pretty obvious to me that Jedi is far too casual and played for laughs for any of the stakes to be felt. Apart from the space battle, which is stupendous, nothing ever lands as if any of the characters are taking any of it seriously, and no ever feels in any real danger. Everyone is acting like it's all a walk in the park. Contrast this with Empire, where they are always on the back foot, either running away or resignedly walking into what they assume is certain death. One other thing i noticed over all three films is that everyone is an asshole. Especially in the first one. Except for the very end they are just constantly rude and obnoxious to each other. In the other films they only seem to be nice to each other when they think someone is going to die. And Luke is just wall to wall arrogant in Jedi. The teddy bears picnic at the end of jedi felt like an anticlimax. It needed more, but not the pan pipe jubilee from the special edition. Something else. Not sure what. All that having been said, i still fucking love all three of them.