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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.
Just finished viewing the original trilogy and try as I might I can't seem to compose myself! I'm operating a laptop with a serious Star Wars buzz going on right now! If they pulled my recliner over and gave me a field sobriety test I couldn't walk the line nor stand on one leg without my trusty lightsaber in hand and should they want to give me a breathalyzer test I know my Jedi mind tricks would be an epic fail because I'd get cocky and tell the officer Do! Or Do Not! There Is No Try! so he'll cuff my wookie lovin ass and charge me with operating a laptop while under the influence!
Netflix sent me the prequel…
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…
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 force will be with you. Always."
I'm not here either to rationalize my love for Star Wars or to think critically about it. I grew up with it, and while I recognize that it has some problems, I still have an immense nostalgic affection for it regardless. Over the years it's steadily fallen from Great Film to Guilty Pleasure, but the magnitude of my love has never changed. In any case, along with Jaws two years earlier, it helped change American cinema forever. The more I explore the 70's the more I think that change might not have been for the better, but no one can deny its immense lasting influence.
It's interesting to look back at Star Wars…
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
It's Star Wars. Really, is there anything more to say about Lucas' groundbreaking and game changing 1977 film? It's the movie that made me fall in love with movies. It's insanely quotable, the characters are amazing, the action is thrilling (Seriously, that Death Star trench run is amazing, even now!), and it completely and utterly changed cinema forever. Almost anyone can tell you when, where, and how old they were when they saw this movie for the first time. There's just nothing like it, and I'll always appreciate what Lucas did with this movie, even if he has gone off the deep end since. But truly, there is no film like Star Wars, and it's one that I still absolutely love more than twenty years since the first time I saw it.
It's time for me to write up my review of my American Film Institute #13 film: Star Wars IV: A New Hope. This George Lucas film, the first of the holy trinity, was released in 1977 and stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Sir Alec Guiness. This is my most favorite of the trilogy and I can't even count how many times I've seen it.
The galaxy is in a civil war. Rebel leader Princess Leia (Fisher) has been captured by the Empire, under the command of Darth Vader. Leia has been able to acquire stolen plans of a heavily armored space station called "The Death Star" that has the capability of destroying an entire planet. Luckily, the…
Review to come.
In recent years I’ve come to see the original Star Wars as the best of the three. If one of the film’s main strengths is how effortlessly it drops you into a strange new world that feels fully realized and expansive beyond our periphery, then surely the other strength must be the restraint it shows in doing so. It very wisely keeps us at arms length, allowing us to get close to the characters, to learn a little about the world in an elegant fashion, but also preserving the foreign nature of other things by leaving them totally unexplained. This, by the way, is totally anathema to the way these kinds of stories are told now in the post-Wikipedia generation.…
Template of which all
franchises are made; still fun
40 years later.
ri-visto con Irene!
2004 DVD edition--half a star penalty for digital tampering to Mos Eisley sequence/excessive period sideburns
Harmys Despecialized Edition, highly recommended
I think I've only properly watched Star Wars once before, when they were all re-released in the late 90s (?), presumably with George Lucas' first wave of "improvements". As such, first seeing them as a teenager, I've never really been fully on board with the colossal cult, those crazy people out there who would rate these films above a true classic like Flash Gordon (some trolling intended).
For a sci-fi epic that DOESN'T have Brian Blessed in it though, Star Wars is still a lot of fun. I watched the 'Despecialized Edition' and it looks absolutely gorgeous, the set design, creatures and costumes are all absolutely stunning. The downsides are few - I've always found C-3PO a bit annoying, and…
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