Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Honest Trailer (VIDEO).

The Honest Trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Dares to Defend the Ewoks

The Honest Trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Dares to Defend the Ewoks

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Dec. 13 2017 8:28 AM

The Honest Trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi  Dares to Defend the Ewoks

Han Solo shrugs

Still taken from the video

Ahead of the release of The Last Jedi, revisit the third leg of the original Star Wars trilogy with the new Honest Trailer for Return of the Jedi. Be warned, though, that there are some harsh criticisms ahead as Screen Junkies poke fun at the 1983 film's childish antics and comparatively low stakes, which all add up to “a finale that’s almost silly enough to make you question why your identity is so tied to a soap opera about space wizards.”

That said, the Honest Trailer clearly has a lot of affection for Return of the Jedi, even going so far as to defend the cuddly Ewoks, which have long been a point of contention among fans. Haters might complain that the little bearlike creatures were only there to sell toys and were no match for the Empire in battle, but the trailer has an answer for that, too. “There’s no way the mighty Empire would struggle against a smaller, poorly armed force,” the trailer’s narrator explains sarcastically. “What do you think this is, Vietnam? Afghanistan? Little Bighorn? The American Revolution? The Maori? Ethiopia? Afghanistan … again?”

There’s one thing we can all agree on, though, and that's a shared contempt for the special editions and their awful, conspicuous CGI. It’s just that in the Honest Trailer, that contempt comes with a surprising dose of nostalgia for the long-lost “Yub Nub” song.

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Marissa Martinelli is a Slate editorial assistant.