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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…
It's on my top 10 movies of all time. It's THAT awesome.
I was all of three years old when this movie came to theatres, yet I can vividly remember seeing this on the big screen. Is it a true memory or have I assumed, composited or imagined the experience? I have no way to fact check the experience at this point, but it hardly matters. My youth was steeped in Star Wars. I had a Millenium Falcon and a snowspeeder and the Luke Skywalker action figure with retractable lightsaber. My back yard was Degobah, the old boat trailer jedi training equipment and the giant, twisted tree was strong with the dark side of the force.
This series is simply in my DNA.
My Mom's Reactions to A New Hope:
1. When Vader boards the Blockade Runner: "He's the star of the show."
2. On The Cantina: "That's a rough bar. They better get outta there."
3. On R2-D2: "He's quite the character isn't he?"
4. On C-3P0: "He's kind of an asshole. I like Jar Jar better."
5. On Han: "He's cocky and feisty."
6. 'Boring Conversation Anyway!:' "Hahahaha!"
7. During the gunfight on the detention level: "What a great show!"
8. On Storm Troopers: "They run like they've crapped their drawers."
9. On Vader and Kenobi's rematch: "This fight is boring."
10. On Leia kissing Luke: "She's your sister..."
11. When Luke destroyed the Death Star: "Vader just got whooped by his son."
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. I do own a copy of the "Despecialized" edition, but as I don't have that for the other two films in the original trilogy, I watched the Special Edition of this off my DVDs. Even though some of the effects from the Special Edition and the subsequent DVD enhancements haven't aged as well as some of the original effects, the film looks spectacular. Williams score is still really stand out, and the introduction of Vader and our heroes into the Star Wars universe still has that magic to it that makes it fun to just take in thirty eight years after it's original release.
Como um cinéfilo fuleiro (quanto aos filmes vistos em massa), Star Wars era um dos filmes obrigatórios e que eu ainda não tinha dedicado um tempo pra ver (apesar de já ter visto os episódios posteriores: I , II e III). A ideia do George Lucas de fazer o filme foi genial mesmo. Claro que já sabendo boa parte do que a saga Star Wars, percebi o quão despretensioso era este filme em 77. Lucas talvez não imaginasse que o próprio se tornaria tão grandioso como acabou sendo. Apesar do roteiro fraco, alguns outros elementos da projeção ficaram sensacionais.
PS: Uma das coisas que me chamou atenção (pra citar apenas uma como exemplo) foi ver que Darth Vader não era O vilão da parada. Sobre esses erros: Ou George Lucas não soube trabalhar a história (o que seria minha aposta), ou o mesmo foi construindo toda a saga modificando sua ideia original. Ou quem sabe as duas coisas.
Watched with my oldest son for the first time.
A welcome escape from the prequels. What surprised me most is how much I forgot about how the films are so much more about the characters interactions and the overall design of the film rather than the big battles and lightsaber fights. This is mainly, what I have come to realise where the prequels fall so much. George Lucas' love letter to the invention of computer generated imagery is on the same level of a self proclaimed genius photographer who has just discovered the 'zoom' button. Really wish I'd bought the original version rather than the 2004 'remastered' version, but still great either way.
Harrison Ford may have a few extra wrinkles nowadays, but this movie never gets old
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!