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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Princess Leia is captured and held hostage by the evil Imperial forces in their effort to take over the galactic Empire. Venturesome Luke Skywalker and dashing captain Han Solo team together with the loveable robot duo R2-D2 and C-3PO to rescue the beautiful princess and restore peace and justice in the Empire.
I try to watch A New Hope at least once a year. I have already done so this year, but amidst this cinematic blizzard that is the December challenge and after seeing the horrible latest Lucas mutilation of Return of the Jedi a couple of weeks back, I felt the need to revisit my first love.
When I joined this site more than a year ago, the first sentence I wrote in a review was 'No explanation necessary' and it was for this film. It was later replaced by a 'review' in which I merely summed up the things that make this film so great. I think I perhaps should do it a…
Why five stars I hear you ask?
Well..... here's why:
- It has some of the most memorable film characters ever.
- the Millennium Falcon
- the garbage disposal scene
- 'May the Force be with you'
- Light Sabres
- Peter frickin' Cushing
- James frickin' Earl frickin' Jones
- Alec frickin' Guinness
- John frickin' Williams
- my horrible Chewbacca impression of which I am insanely proud
- 'Stay on target!'
- the choke hold
- 'And now, your highness, we will discuss the location of your
hidden rebel base. '
- Mos Eisly
- the Greedo-Solo showdown
- the best opening scene ever
- 'Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only…
This is my first ever attempt at Star Wars. I don't just mean A New Hope, I mean Star Wars in general.
Seriously, no joke.
However I almost feel privileged that at the age of 21, I get to see all these for the first ever time. I bet there's people out there who would love to be in my position.
And I have to say, it's absolutely bloody epic. I'm so happy that I've finally been peer-pressured into seeing it. This movie just doesn't feel like it was made decades ago. It's endlessly exciting, and pretty much shows why the sci-fi genre is amazing on so many levels.
In a way, it's a shame I didn't see this years ago. But equally, I've now got all the other episodes to also watch for the first time.
And I'm seriously excited.
Princess Leia is held hostage by the terrible forces of the empire, in its attempt to raise a rebellion against it. Luke Skywalker and Captain Han Solo team up with R2-D2 and C-3PO droid duo, to save the beautiful princess and bring justice back to the galaxy. Star Wars' plot is pretty similar to Akira Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress.
Star Wars is perfect, I love the characters created on this flick, we have this dark and mysterious Darth Vader; we have the humorous R2-D2 and C-3PO, who give this movie a slight hint of comedy; we have the curious Luke Skywalker, always trying to know a bit more about his family; we have Han Solo, a cocky space cowboy, accompanied by…
"You have taken your first step into a larger world"
- Ben to Luke
By melding elements of classic cinema, from Kurosawa's Hidden Fortress to even serials that George Lucas adored as a youth, Star Wars has easily become one of the most acclaimed, cherished and untouchable films. Entertaining and adventurous but often incredibly idiotic, Lucas' first installment mainly gets by on the charm of the universe that is created rather than the technical mastery. By blending admirable special effects, an exciting adventure plot and a couple of powerful performances from acting veterans Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing, Star Wars is truly entertaining and influential but also illogical and at times, far-fetched in terms of believability.
Star Wars tells the…
As a cinephile this was one of the films that I should have watched a long time ago but shamefully and for no particular reason I hadn't seen before. Maybe because I really never got interested about the Star Wars Universe but I felt that it was about time to finally get into it.
I once saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones but for being honest I don't recall much of both, I was very young at the time.
Star Wars is for sure an epic film, a landmark to sci-fi films and for cinema in general. For the ones who are watching it for the first time like…
Even after all these years it's still the best Sci-Fi movie I've ever seen.
The movie that killed american cinema.
I first saw Star Wars when I was about 10-11 years old. Since then, I've read many of the books and played many of the video games and even collected some of the action figures.
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope is the first in the original trilogy and deserving of its place in American film history as one of the best films of all time. Luke Skywalker's adventure with Obi Wan-Kenobi and Han Solo to rescue princess Leia is a classic mix of sci-fi and fantasy.
From the epic moving music to the humor of C-3PO and R2D2, the dramatic and quotable lines of Darth Vader and the famous Vader/Kenobi lightsaber battle - This is one of my favorite films in one of my favorite movie series of all time.
What can be said about "Star Wars" that hasn't already been said.
From the story, the characters, the special effects and music - "Star Wars" has become a timeless classic; a beloved and obsessed-over science fiction masterpiece that has inspired filmmakers and entertained movie goers for generations.
If you're one of the few who haven't seen "Star Wars" yet, I would highly recommend seeking out the original cut of the film. The remastering of it was fine, but all the added CG does nothing but clutter the film, especially when there was no reason for it to be added in the first place.
To see "Star Wars" again after 20 years is to revisit a place in the mind. George Lucas' space epic has colonized our imaginations, and it is hard to stand back and see it simply as a motion picture, because it has so completely become part of our memories. It's as goofy as a children's tale, as shallow as an old Saturday afternoon serial, as corny as Kansas in August--and a masterpiece. Those who analyze its philosophy do so, I imagine, with a smile in their minds. May the Force be with them.
Like "Birth of a Nation" and "Citizen Kane," “Star Wars'' was a technical watershed that influenced many of the movies that came after. These films have little…
It's difficult to find the words to describe this film; you could get distracted by the impact it had and its cultural significance but what really makes it so important is how it makes you feel. Perhaps it's fair to say that there is no other film quite like this and it thrills just as much today as it did back in 1977. The conviction in the story telling, the amazing set design and special effects, the diverse and rich characters all the way to John Williams' perfect score. Star Wars just epitomizes everything that makes cinema so great and for me remains one of the greatest experiences of all time.
Ahhh Star Wars. Lets get straight to the point - The dialogue was a bit bland and repetitive, although funny at times. The acting was alright at best, nothing special. And some parts are just ridiculous to the point that they're petty laughable aka whole fight sequences where nothing is hit... dat stormtrooper aim.
Yet after all this I still had fun with this epic space adventure which is, quite frankly, amazing for its time.
I would of given it a 3.75 if I could. I tried to like it more I really did. Sorry Star Wars fanboys.
Go Lord of the rings woop
Watching the 1993 laser disc is as good a version of the original we are going to get. Not a lick of cgi, Han shoots 1st, no animated Dewbacks in the desert, no episode 4 a new hope crap. STAR WARS STAR WARS STAR WARS Now that Disney is running the show perhaps the elusive originals are near?? I wont hold my breath
Still good old Star wars. :)
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