Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
Actual conversations I had with my 2 and a half year old son, Jack, while watching this:
Jack (As opening scroll starts): Ooooooooooohhhhh.
Me: I know!
Jack: Big moon.
Me: Uh huh.
Me: Sure is.
Jack: Star Wars is cool!
Me: I know!
Me (as Darth Vader enters): Who's that, dude? You know who that is.
Jack: Dr. Doom!
Me: Hahahahahahaaaaaaa!!! That's the best wrong guess ever.
Jack: Star Wars has two eyes.
Jack: Two eyes. One, two.
Me: Are you trying to wreck this for me?
Me: Hahaha! No, that's Chewbacca. He's a Wookiee.
Me: No, dude. Wookiee.
Me: That's not a real question.
Jack: Watch Spider-Man?
Me: You're fuckin' this up for me.
There's not much new to be said about one of the best sci-fi action adventure flicks of all time. Quippy dialog and hammy acting rooted in the classic mid-20th century sci-fi serials, a fast-moving story, rousing music and spectacular special effects all combine in a nearly flawless way for the cinematic experience of a lifetime. The film industry has changed quite a bit since then in terms of visual technique and digital effects, but the basic storytelling really doesn't get much better than this and decades later it's still easy to see why this film affected film-goers and filmmakers of the time so deeply. Star Wars had been out for several weeks when I first saw it, and even so…
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…
I haven't seen the original trilogy since I was a little kid. I didn't remember a single thing about the trilogy beforehand so I'm kind of just considering this a first watch. Brilliant, obviously. I don't think anyone expected different. The beginning of one of the best trilogy's i've ever seen.
Watched on Blu-ray Disc - 10/29/14.
In one of the opening scene we see Darth Vader entering the star-ship and talking to Princess Leia. We see Darth Vader as this tall, menacing figure who demands authority and this deep voice that deserves repect and attention. While Darth Vader was portrayed by David Prowse, a body builder, but voiced by James Earl Jones. In the film they used Jones' voice by dubbing it over Prowse's performance.
We grew up with this tale, with this mythology, it is part of our youth, our history. Lucas and Spielber are our Brothers Grimm. Bless em.
I knew this film down to every shot, even though I hadn't seen it in 6 years.
It's rightfully a classic, If only Luke had decent lines delivered by a decent actor it would be a truly great film.
1977's Star Wars Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It Was 34 Years Old In 2011.
La mejor película de Star Wars.
Not going to do any sort of actual review, but this was the first time I'd seen this movie in its entirety in a long, long time, probably since before the prequels concluded in 2005. A few random thoughts:
*At the risk of ruining any nerd cred I have, I have to say--I actually thought the prequels kinda improved this film. Only a little, mind, but every scene with Obi-Wan, and ESPECIALLY his final confrontation with Vader, just seemed weightier with the added context.
*The film is even scruffier than I remember. Even beyond the aged effects (though the model and puppet work is still impressive), the dialogue is creaky, the acting shaky, and the costumes ridiculous. Which is, of…
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