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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…
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.
Death over the stars. Glimmering like a silver gem. Chasing ever onward toward its bait. The bait tries to flee, but there is no luck... The bait is caught!
A dark and brooding cloak, as if birthing from the shadows, makes its way onto the decks of this hopeless star ship. It leaves a trail of death and decay in its wake.
There is no hope for the crew, but one princess. She carries a knowledge the cloaked one must have - information that will foil the empire's plan.
She gives this data to two droids. One small. The other tall. They evac the ship by way of a bay pod. No quit escape, but it gets the job done.…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watched the Despecialized version, an amazing unauthorized effort by fans of the original to restore the Star Wars of 1977 to high definition, and it is fantastic, better than any release from LucasArts. I hadn't seen this version of Star Wars since watching it on VHS, and it was a true pleasure to revisit.
George Lucas said it best in a speech to congress in 1988:
"The destruction of our film heritage, which is the focus of concern today, is only the tip of the iceberg. American law does not protect our painters, sculptors, recording artists, authors, or filmmakers from having their lifework distorted, and their reputation ruined. If something is not done now to clearly state the moral…
This has always been my favorite of the Star Wars films and I think will always remain so. The simplicity of its emotional arc and several memorable action sequences (the initial assault on Princess Leia's ship, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber battle, and the final assault on the Death Star) loom large in my childhood memory and never disappoint when I watch them over again. Alec Guinness and Harrison Ford stand out among the performances.
This film revolutionized the way we watch sci fi is a good film that both sci fi fanatics and general audiences alike can enjoy. Although the dialogue in tense scenes is a little unrealistic, the action with ground-breaking effects and even the more dramatic scenes more than make up for it. One of Alec Guinness's most well known roles alongside Dr Zhivago, he plays the wise old Ben Kenobi who believes that the protagonist Luke (played by Mark Hamil) can bring down the evil empire with his followers that include Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leigha as well as the droids C-3PO and R2-D2. One of the most important films in cinematic history and rightly so. I thought this movie was amazing.
In all her 22 years, my flatmate has never seen a Star Wars movie and I am letting you all know that we have now rectified this problem. Yet, despite never seeing it, she was already familiar with the likes of light-sabers, the force, Jedi knight, stormtrooper, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and, of course, the one and only, Darth Vader. Goes to show just how memorable these films really are.
Space fantasy epic. Even though I had seen bits and pieces and enough references for three running times, I had never seen this all the way through. It was an enjoyable ride across planets. While the character archetypes are all there, Lucas has some problems getting good acting performances from his actors. It is interesting to see how much of a self-contained story this is and nothing would actually indicate a franchise spawning from this movie.
As the credits rolled and John Williams' beautiful score played, my little 4-year old daughter looked up at me very big-eyed and serious and said (while holding up her finger in the #1 sign) "Daddy, we have to see it one more time."
I think that just about sums up my lifetime experience with this movie -- it's always good for one more.
So many classic lines, and the introduction to the coolest character in cinema history, Han Solo. The ending space assault on the Death Star on Yavin IV, is a particular highlight.
After the initial failure of THX 1138, and the breakout success of American Graffiti, George Lucas set his sights on a more personal project. Star Wars is an attempt by Lucas to recreate the melodramatic space opera serials of his youth, with the budget, scope and ambition of a major studio behind his back. Though plagued with delays and production issues, as well as rewrites and an extensive overhaul in the editing department, Star Wars went on to become a milestone in the history of filmmaking and one of the most influential and memorable films of all time.
The story unravels like a traditional fantasy story, following the lowliest characters…
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