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…
Dirty Harry. Aliens. Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Jaws. Star Wars - A New Hope.
What do all these films have in common? I know all the words to them. They are all films that I started loving as a kid (Aliens maybe came slightly later on) and all films that I continue to adore as an adult. They are also films that I have watched time after time after time. Except for this one.
Why this one? It's a tricky one, really. The other films I watch almost annually. There are others I do that with that I don't know quite so well (yet), too. And that used to be the case with the 'first' instalment of the Star…
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.
Duh duh duhhhh duhhhhhh duh duh duh duhhhh duhhh duh duh duh duhhh duhhh duh duh duh duhhhhhhh.....
77th viewing goes splendidly...
"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
Watching this, you really get the feeling that you're watching something truly spectacular. I mean, there's a reason why it's beloved by people across the globe and has ended up firmly within the pop-culture hivemind, right? That reason is because Star Wars is simply awesome. There's nothing else to it than that.
Okay, okay, there's a lot more to it than that. There's the groundbreaking visual effects, the characters that, like pretty much everything else about this, have become iconic, and the way that you just get immersed into this story of rebels, rogues, robots, evil lords and an 8-foot tall walking carpet.
But for now, let's just leave it and agree that Star Wars is fucking awesome.
I was determined to hate Star Wars. On the VHS edition of Episode IV, there is a longish introduction to the series by Leonard Maltin, detailing the film's cultural impact. This was, perhaps, a mistake for an 8 year old, glaring and sulking at this bearded, turtleneck'd weirdo who just would not stop talking. Is this what the movie was? Why were all these people's hair funny? Ugh.
Somewhere between gaping, slack-jawed, at that towering black robot-man billowing down the corridor of the Princess' transport and hearing Ben Kenobi explain lightsabers like they were precious works of art, however, my resolve vanished. A New Hope is that good, that fast, and in all the ways that matter to an 8…
its a joke that the directors somehow didnt get
A whole universe built from scratch, but with no social, cultural or real political dimension. Below-standard world building. Vacant, emotionless world destroying. No character or relationship details revealed or even hinted.
Not as good as 'Ender's Game', if that's some certifiable scale of quality.
"Everything's under control, situation normal."
Now that the holiday season is officially under way it's time for some traditional holiday film fare. For me that's Star Wars, among others of course. I grew up with the franchise and the toys and tie-ins were ever-present, especially as Christmas gifts. The current blu ray wins in the technical department, the sound is fantastic. Of course, this is the 3rd or 4th revised version which strips the film of some magic but also reveals new detail in the 90-95% of the movie that's unaltered. Still has the force, still get a little choked up at "Use the force, Luke. Let go, Luke. Luke, trust me."
To start off, this is the theatrical cut. I'm generally not that hard on the special editions of Empire and Jedi; ultimately I think the additions detract from them as well, but Star Wars is made remarkably worse by its changes. These changes have been catalogued at length, and I pretty much agree with the consensus, so I won't so I won't go into them here.
That preamble out of the way, upon rewatching the film after marathoning several World War II-era combat films, I was struck by the similarities between the action sequences here and those dog fights in films such as Air Force. I know I'm not the first to notice this similarity, but it is striking. To…
This is not a rewatch.
For some reason I have not watched this film since I was a young kid, and did not remember anything about this.
Even a while ago when there was a Star Wars marathon, this was the only film I missed.
And after watching the dissapointing Prequal Trilogy, coming back to the original classic brings back so much joy.
What can I say about this film that have not been said before?
It is one the greatest and most fun and funny films ever made.
One the best Sci-Fi films ever made.
The list of best... this film is part of…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Han shot first!