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…
What can I say about this? It's pre-critical for me. It's like asking my opinion on Coca-Cola. I've loved as long as I can remember. A pleasure to watch again (especially in the despecialized edition).
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.
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 film is so one side, I'm fresher than des muthafuckaz! :'(
As my bestie T Swizzle says
"'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off"
I didn't remember how good the special effects on this were. They haven't aged a bit.
I tried to view this through the same lens that I'd watch Franju's homages to Feuillade, but where Franju transforms the seams in the facade into the landscape of imagination and psycho-sexual space, Lucas is constantly struggling to cover them up. It's easy for me to forget that STAR WARS was originally a 'retro' film, designed to look and feel like a bygone aesthetic, now buried under subsequent remasters, special editions, and title changes. It's possible to see this original version (the one I viewed) as a cinematic labor of love, with its pleasures residing precisely in the visible traces of its construction that Lucas, a multi-billion dollar culture industry, and the devotion of fans consistently obscure with their narratives of myth, cultural prophesy, and consumer nostalgia. It's OK.
It's not as good as Empire.... but still very good.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yes, this is the first time I have seen this.
Finalmente assisti, não sei porque demorei tanto, que vergonha!
George Lucas kick started a new era in sci-fi by bringing top notch special effects and dynamic action to a genre that had in so far dealt mostly with alien invasions. Only Flash Gordon had done space opera in matinee serial form, and Lucas went ahead and captured its spirit, mixed it up with Joseph Campbell writings on heroes and mythologies, and Akira Kurosawa's "Hidden Fortress" template, and came up with a winner. Youthful cast (which became big name) provide spirited performances, even if sometimes they have to fight the basic dialogue. Veteran actors Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing add class. The droids (C3P0 and R2D2) have a life of their own, and provide effectively great comic relief. The plot…
I've been watching this movie compulsively since I was 3 years old. My son is 3 years old now, and I bought the original trilogy on Blu-Ray a while ago mainly with the intention of watching them with him. However, I don't think I'll be doing that anytime soon unless he starts asking about it and showing some major interest in it. Despite my childhood obsession it's been probably 10 or 15 years since I've watched it all the way through, so that might be enough distance from my childhood fervor to comment on it in some constructive way now.
With that disclaimer, the main thing I noticed this time around is how little time and emotion is spent on…
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