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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.
The Princess has been kidnapped by a bad motherfucker and whom better to save her than an old fuck, a naive teenager, a cocky pilot, a furry wingman, and a couple of fun-loving droids. SPACESHIP! Invasion. Stormtroopers. The first time Vader breathes. Dark side choke slam. Leia's gun. Blast off. The desert. Jawas. Uncle Owen's protectiveness. Droid adoption service. The sneakiness of R2-D2. 3PO's devotion. Sandy fuckers. Obi-Wan and his undeniable swag. Lightsabers are available for use in different colors. The Force. Luke's robe. Barroom amputation. Han Solo and Chewbacca owning every scene like a boss. Fuck you Greedo! Han shot first. Han's vest. I wish I could fly the Millenium Falcon. Blast shield. Wookie knockout. A slight malfunction. Chewie's…
Viewed Despecialized Edition
The ultimate adventure. Serials, Westerns, sci-fi, and Space Operas are all combined into an utter masterwork of world building, imagination, supreme characters, and bombastic vision.
I love everything about Star Wars. I love the opening shot, I love Darth Vader's first appearance, I love how douchey R2-D2 is, I love the locations, I love the subtle reveal of character, I love the endless display of unique species and worlds, I love the grounded story, I love Han Solo, I love Chewie, I love Luke, I adore Leia, I'm in continuous awe of John WIlliam's score, I love the duel between Vader and Obi-Wan, I love the final battle, I love how it ends, I love every single second of this timeless masterpiece.
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…
The hype is getting to me.
I know this is a bad idea, because we've all been here before. I know this is a bad idea, because the images coming out of the film have already confirmed my worst fears in a single image: Lupita Nyong'o with motion capture spheres all over her. Others have suggested there is something offensive about the concept art for her character, and I will not be surprised if the history of offensive stereotyping with their "alien" races continues. But even if it doesn't, even if her character is somehow devoid of visual or audible cues that draw on a long history of devaluing human beings by limiting them to small, often buffoonish roles, it…
Darth Vader's a really good assistant manager.
Star Wars. It's called Star Wars. None of this "A New Hope" bullshit. Fuck off Lucas! Oh boy, this original trilogy gets me annoyed as all hell. Not the films mind you, they're fantastic, It's the goddamned changes. George, if you want your complete vision, that's fine, but give us the vision we grew up with. However, with Disney owning the massive property now, the chances of a restored, unaltered Original Trilogy Blu-ray is more likely. Kinda.
Until then, the Despecialized Edition is my holy grail, and I will cherish it until the end of time. Seriously, every Star Wars fan has to see these.
So, I'm reviewing this film as it was originally called, I'm reviewing this film as…
The lead-up to The Force Awakens reaches Week 4 with A New Hope.
It's great to be up to the original trilogy and this was actually my first time watching this one on Blu-ray. It looks as great as ever. I don't have too much new stuff to say about Episode IV, it's an absolute classic.
I've run out of things to say.
It had been seven or eight years since I'd last seen A New Hope . That's not because of any hostility towards the film, simply because it's so heavily ingrained in my childhood and so familiar that there was no reason to revisit it. That all ended yesterday, and I suppose so did a great deal of my childhood.
A New Hope is incredibly influential and iconic, but let's not misinterpret that for great filmmaking. Lucas -- who peaked with American Graffiti -- is not an adept filmmaker. The movie's climax is tedious and trashily edited. I struggled to discern the difference between this and the countless '70s sci-fi camp pictures we dismiss as "hokey". Star Wars is the worst type of cultural phenomenon: one that never went away.
Also, if I hadn't grown up on this franchise, these movies would seem strange as hell. One character's just a giant slug...
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I just have to accept that I will never love this movie or this trilogy.
I've seen this a million times but this was the first time in a long while. This time I really noticed the hints of how expansive the world of the film is. It's incredible to look at it through the lens of its original release, when there were no other films. The mentions of Luke's father, the Clone Wars, the Jedi, the Imperial Senate, the Emperor, and all that stuff is simply mentioned. The role those elements play in the film are small. I'm sure some of it was Lucas foreshadowing in the hope of a sequel, but even then the film had to work on its own.
There's no extended exposition. Even the the crawl at the beginning just…
This is not a perfect film - but it's near-perfect to me. Only a few films come close to capturing the wonder that "Star Wars" evokes. Jesus Christ, what a film this is.
Well, I rewatched this film I guess.
"The Force is strong with this one."
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