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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…
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…
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…
The ingredients that made Star Wars a revolution at its time of release are clearly noticeable, without a doubt, but the visual encapsulation of this epic space opera has aged very badly & today looks like an unintentionally funny (or stupid) ride than a masterpiece adventure. Still, there is no denying that Star Wars is a cinematic feat of imagination, fantasy & creativity that hypnotized an entire generation with its freshly envisioned & awe-inspiring world, gripping story, first-rate adventure, celebrated characters & legendary score.
Set in a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars lifts the plot structure from Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress and presents a time period in which a civil war has broken out between the evil Galactic Empire & the Rebels. It…
Do I need to say more about this?! This is one of the only truly timeless movies that's been made. It was made nearly forty years ago and it looks like it could have been made today (the special edition changes are actually the only things that make this look dated, and those were done retroactively.) This is a movie you could show anybody from any time period and everyone would find something to appreciate. This movie could have been released in 1977 or 1937 or 2007 pretty much exactly as it is and it wouldn't feel out of place in those times. I find it interesting that the actors that hated the project the most, Alec Guiness and Harrison…
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.
I find it incredibly interesting when film or literature can use the smallest details as tools. The community of Harry Potter fans have revealed hundreds of details full of meaning within J.K. Rowling’s hit series. George Lucas exhibits incredible film fluency in his masterpiece Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
Star Wars: Episode IV is the beginning (also middle) of an incredible film series directed by George Lucas. One of the seemly smallest parts of the film that spoke volumes to me was the integration of establishing shots. Instead of using one long shot for the entire scene, or filming strictly close up, it is common practice for filmmakers to use an establishing shot to…
A Cinematic masterpiece, one of the best Sci-Fi films ever made. An introduction to the greatest cinematic villain of all time. Great performances, outstanding visuals. A film that everyone has to, and should see.
It's hard to criticise a movie that's regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, and i won't as it's a brilliant movie.
I think what stands out most when viewing it today is how well George Lucas was able to craft a living, breathing world that feels fully fleshed out in just one movie.
If you compare it to modern movies like the Avengers, it took multiple films over a number of years to give the Avengers the backstory needed to make it work. In Star Wars, George Lucas was able to do this in one movie, without decades worth of source material to draw from, without modern technology, and before a template for this type of…
This was thas the first Episode of Star Wars, I have sawn. And it was the best.
One of my favourite films of all time. Without a doubt one of the greatest adventure/sci-fi films ever made, watching it the time flies by for me.
Thank you George Lucas for starting my favourite film franchise with a bang!
Now I haven't watched A New Hope since 2008 which is a pretty long lay off. A lots gone on in my life since then, I held fears the magic may of diminished. As we all have been taught, there comes a time, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its lustre, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a the love for your inner child.
I am pleased to report that as our Death Star destroying hero's collected their medals and Han gave Leia that cheeky wink, I was pretty emotional. This is an amazing film and will always be so.
-It's a crime there isn't a place you can go, like Disney World, where the Star Wars trilogy is being screened in a giant reserved special cineplex, 365 days a year.
-James Earle Jones as Vader voice is absolutely fearsome in this movie particularly.
-Ben Burtt was the largely the voice of R2D2, filtered through synthesizers.
-The replaced 90s and late 2000s digital effects are an awful, jarring distraction that become more so as they gracelessly age.
-Star Wars is at it's best when the music, the editing/montage, and the spectacle merge, and more credit is due to A New Hope's editorial department than could be described on an iPhone keyboard.
The first Star Wars movie was brimming with imagination and was truly the start of a genuinely fantastic science-fiction journey. But why oh why did Lucas go back and smear horrific CGI all over the place - CGI which looked dated after less than a year...? That Solo and Jabba scene, Jesus!
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