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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…
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…
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…
Joseph Campbell: Part I
This was exactly how I thought it would be. Classically happy ending, adventure, good morals, blah blah blah.
It's corny in places, though that's mostly due to the time stamp, but 'A New Hope' really set the standard for eras of film-making to come, so you really can't criticize. I can't say I completely understand the enormous hype, but the Star Wars ride at Disneyland will make a lot more sense now, so I'm looking forward to that I guess.
Other than all that, why is C-3PO such a little whiny bitch? Just wondering.
This is both the 200th time I've seen this film (give or take) and, in many ways, the first. Other than a few wonky moments, this is a largely seamless attempt to recreate the film that originally hit theaters in May, 1977, and I couldn't be happier that I'm finally able to see it unaltered and unfiltered (well, in comparison to the alternative at least).
You can add me to the crew that might actually prefer this to Empire (although I'll be revisiting that shortly, so we'll see if this holds). It really is a shame how noticeably the extra scenes and 1997 CGI from the "Special Edition" torpedo the momentum of this film. I might throw on the blu…
A groundbreaking and a really important film in cinema. Not only are the visual effects stunning, but even the acting, directing, cast and production. Winning 7 oscars this film really makes us wonder how it was done. This film is like a beautiful building, which is so wonderfully crafted that you can't stop looking at it. Absolute perfection.
Star Wars is awesome. Essential viewing for everyone everywhere.
For the record, the best order for watching Star Wars is Machete Order: IV V II III VI. Google it if you're not convinced.
Watched it twice in two days because...
...it's STAR WARS.
It's STAR WARS. 'Nuff said.
Princesses! Lasers! Dingy alien taverns! Magic and space fights and fighting space magic!
George Lucas has drive, I'll give him that. And talent, at least when it comes to VFX. To have so many out there ideas in your brain that you manage connect into a cohesive whole without plot holes is indeed impressive, which is why the fact that this accomplishment is not paired with any sort of higher personal vision makes this film especially frustrating. Especially knowing the majesty that was to come three years later.
The Star Wars films are films filled with moments that imprint themselves on the collective American unconscious mind. But upon rewatching the original trilogy, I've come to appreciate the difference between a…