The “I am your father” reveal from The Empire Strikes Back is the ultimate “recontextualization” in cinema history. Recontextualization is a heavy word, one definition of which is:
To place or view (a work of literature or art, for example) in a new or unfamiliar context, especially in order to suggest a different interpretation.
As we’ve been comparing The Empire Strikes Back to The Last Jedi this week, we’re going to wrap up the conversation with a discussion of recontextualizations. The Last Jedi has more than one of them, and so does Empire, for that matter. Punch it!