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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…
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…
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.
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).
Alle Episoden I - VI sind der Wahnsinn. Sehr gute Story und noch bessere Technik (Spezial Effekte, Aussehen der Raumschiffe, etc...).
still to this day decades later it remains the most suspenseful space opera of all time.
Começando a me preparar para o lançamento do Episódio VII, começo com o clássico de 77. Assisti a versão remasterizada, lotada de inserções em CG para tentar atualizar a estética do filme. Embora pareça por vezes exagerada, a atitude não compromete e ajuda a aproximar a estética da Trilogia Clássica com os filmes mais recentes.
“Uma Nova Esperança” percorre 100% a jornada do herói para a construção de sua narrativa. Ainda que vários momentos pareçam rápidos demais, os elementos utilizados por George Lucas para fundamentar cada etapa da jornada funcionam bem, ajudando a manter o bom ritmo do filme do início ao fim. O primeiro filme é muito feliz em não só apresentar, mas permitir o início de construção de…
Such a fun sci-fi movie. 37 years later the movie still is a joy to watch. I am not a purist so I enjoy the new EFX tidbits Lucas threw into the film. Loaded with stars, Cushing and Guinness the vets are wonderful. The EFX, story and performances by the rest of the cast are superb.
Han shot first.
very gud 1/5 topdogmen
"We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life."
How?! How have I never seen this before?! I have been culturally deprived for exactly 16 years and 2 days. But my mythology teacher decided to give me a birthday present and show this film during class. I'll start by saying that I have never seen any of the six "Star Wars" films and I have been meaning to watch them anyway possible, even if it means watching the 're-mastered' edition. The originality is still there. Here it its, the Science-Fiction masterpiece, "Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope".
"Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope" tells the story of Luke Skywalker, a boy who lives on…
I haven't seen this film in whole for over 10 years. It is cheesey as hell, but a classic for the ages. Lucas really shouldn't have written and directed it. His story is great, but man, the guy can't direct or write. But, I suppose it is what adds to the charm of this. I watched the special edition version, which, now when I watch it properly, has tainted the feel of the original. All the added creature effects just look out of place.
Either way, this film is great, cheesey fun. I'm glad Eps 5 and 6 were much better.
Star Wars es puro cine de ciencia ficción. La trilogía original estoy por verla estas vacaciones navideñas y nada mejor que empezar por la trilogía original con este episodio IV. La película está muy bien pero a lo mejor le falta más momentos memorables a esta primera parte. El elenco principal con Luke Skywalker, Han Solo y la princesa Leia está muy bien. La fotografía y los efectos especiales son de quitarse el sombrero para estar hablando de una película de finales de los 70. La música a cargo del maestro John Williams es una de las bandas sonoras más carismáticas y escuchadas de todos los tiempos. El guión es muy bueno y el timing también. Todo el mundo creado por G. Lucas es increíble y estoy esperando ya ver las otras dos. Un mito en el cine de ciencia ficción.
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