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.
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…
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
- my horrible Chewbacca impression of which I am insanely proud
- 'Stay on target!'
- tan tan tan tantá tan tantá tan
- 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…
Watching this with my kid brother (6 yrs), and he loves it. We've seen it together a couple of times before and I only allow him to watch the original theatrical cut. I don't give a shit if it's force feeding (pun intended), BECAUSE HE'S NOT OLD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE CHOICE FOR HIMSELF.
One day, when he's in his teens, he can choose to see the new cut. Then we can be angry together.
Since it would be redundant to review a movie that everyone and their mother knows by heart and already has an opinion on, I'd instead like to comment on the modern CGI additions, from the unbiased point of view of someone relatively indifferent to Star Wars. In fact, if anything I went in biased towards supporting Lucas' modern changes, assuming the complaints regarding his tampering with the past were just the whining of overzealous fanboys. Well, they aren't, at least not entirely.
In the Tatooine city where Luke meets Han Solo, Lucas and his modern CGI team abandon subtlety altogether, baldly inserting brand new overhead shots of the city that clash terribly with the 70s footage. Everything made from modern…
I watched the original version and the 2004 version. Honestly, apart from the godawful Jabba and Biggs scenes that were added in 1997, it's easily the film that's been the least harmed by the revisions. There's a few bits where some extra creatures have been added, and there's the scene in the Death Star where Han runs into thousands of storm troopers. But for the most part, it's not too distracting compared to the changes in the other two. [oh, I forgot about "Greedo shot first" - that's bad]
I don't mind that Lucas borrowed. Shakespeare stole a lot of his greatest ideas, and it seems to be okay with most people. Lucas took the ideas that had been floating…
That's no moon. It's a space station.
It is the film that started it all. It is no exaggeration that it changed movies forever. I think most people can agree on that, while they might have a problem on agreeing how good the movie is. I don't think anyone can watch it today for the first time and be objectionable. The original movie is too much a part of our culture. People who have never watched Star Wars still know who Darth Vader is. They know what a lightsaber and Jedi are. Hell they've even heard of the Millennium Falcon and that's just a space ship.
What ends up happening is the first film is sometimes accused of being…
What can I say? It’s Star f’ing Wars!
Hah, yeah, like I'm going to review Star Wars. "I like the part with the X-Wings and the Death Star blowing up." Good one, Letterboxd!
Ξεκίνησα να δω την ταινία για να μην νιώθω μειονεκτικά που δεν είχα δει ούτε μία από τις ταινίες Star Wars. Η κρίση μου επηρεάζεται από το γεγονός ότι την είδα πρώτη φορά το 2013.
Για την εποχή της πρέπει να ήταν πρωτοποριακή (φωτόσπαθα. όπλα λειζερ, εκρήσεις). Σήμερα φαίνονται κάπως (πως να το πω..) ιδιαίτερες. Ως υπόθεση δεν είμαι σίγουρος ότι είναι η πλέον πρωτότυπη, αν και εφόσον πρόκειται για τριλογία (ή εξαλογία αν συμπεριλάβουμε και τις νεότερες) περιμένω να δω την εξέλιξη στις υπόλοιπες ταινίες.
Και για να μην ξεχνάμε, πρόκειται για ταινία 35 περίπου ετών.
Cannot believe I have not seen this film before..
Speaking in terms of redefining 1950s science-fiction on a much grander, more thought-provoking scale, it is second only to "2001: A Space Odyssey." Speaking in terms of its impact on the future of visual effects and film production in general, it ranks supreme.
There's not a lot about Star Wars (this film and the entire series) that hasn't been said before. I have some serious nostalgia goggles for this movie due to my father making me watch it at a very young age (and as I grew up watch it on a weekly bases).
The original Star Wars trilogy is very high on my 'Nostalgia Movie List"
Only thing that keeps this film from 5 star rating is that in matter of what seems like less than a week, Luke goes from reluctant farmboy to Ace Rebellion Alliance X-Wing pilot. Also, if The Force was really useful, it would tell him that half chub he's carrying around for Leia is a bad idea. Just saying.
el comienzo de todo ¿no?
Después de ver ésta película y las precuelas (en orden cronológico) entiendo a George Lucas y su obsesión por hacer más con ésta franquicia. La mitología de los Jedi (y de los Sith) es tremendamente rico y parece necesario tener que sacarle más jugo.
Después de ver ésta película no quiero convertirme en un jedi inmediatamente, me imagino que cuando vea el episodio V y el VI esto va a cambiar, pero igualmente me parece una muy buena película como base para crear el universo tan maravilloso que es Star Wars