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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.
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…
As a cinephile this was one of the films that I should have watched a long time ago but shamefully and for no particular reason I hadn't seen before. Maybe because I really never got interested about the Star Wars Universe but I felt that it was about time to finally get into it.
I once saw Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones but for being honest I don't recall much of both, I was very young at the time.
Star Wars is for sure an epic film, a landmark to sci-fi films and for cinema in general. For the ones who are watching it for the first time like…
What more needs to be said? The start of the greatest saga film has ever seen, a space opera that introduced me to my love of movies at the age of five. Any perceived flaws or nitpicks of A New Hope are rendered meaningless because this is more than a film for me. Along with the other films that make up the original Star Wars trilogy (especially Empire Strikes Back, my all time favorite work), the reason I am on this site expressing my love for cinema can be found during these two hours of imaginative beauty.
As a child I would return home from school and pop in my Star Wars VHS trilogy, get swept away in the magnificence of a galaxy far, far away. I hope to never forget the way I felt in those moments, when life was simple and time was irrelevant.
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…
"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.
(Si quieren se pueden saltar estos dos párrafos, sólo quería dejar claro cuanto me gusta Star Wars)
Con un nuevo rewatch de Star Wars queda por sentado la increíble opertura de saga que fue y porque es tanto una de las mejores sagas de todos los tiempos, una de las mejores sagas de ciencia ficción de todos los tiempos, una de las mejores películas de ciencia ficción de todos los tiempos y una de mis favoritas de todos los tiempos.
La primera vez que vi esta película habré tenido 9 años y recuerdo que me regalaron las 6 y las vi todas como en 3 días y una me impresionaba más que la otra. Si, tenía 9 años y me…
31. ¡Me encantó! Qué gran error fue acercarme a esta película con el episodio I. Guácatelas. Y es que estaba chava y no entendía nada y eso me hizo repeler esto.
Amo a Han Solo. Tipazo.
Y ya entiendo muchas referencias que veo Family Guy, que para mí es muy importante. Fíjense.
No la recordaba tan divertida y no tenía mucho que la había visto por última vez. Tampoco recordaba a Luke tan odioso.
Los agregados digitales se ven muy feitos.
Best Star Wars by far
It's hard to review a film as iconic as this one, or even to watch it objectively. It's best not to try, I find. Just go for the ride.
That being considered, it's amazing how rough around the edges this film is. You really understand how cheaply this film was made for, and how out of their depth the newly founded ILM VXF company felt. This was not expected to be a hit.
But how could it not be? It has a very simplistic plot but an extremely detailed universe; the good guys are fun and vibrant, the villains are menacing and dark. The visual effects are remarkable for the budget and time period, and the final space battle sequence is still a nail biter. Put simply, I can't wait until my kids can see this. They're in for a good old fashioned treat.
MY THREE WORDS
Earnest, exuberant, simple.
George Lucas sucks at dialogue. We all know this. But I would find my lack of faith disturbing if I gave this film any less than 5 stars.
The reiteration of the universal hero-messiah myth for our time. What does the myth mean? Full review: www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2013/04/may-the-force-be-with-you/
In 1977 (one year after I was born) the world of feature films was changed forever. Cinema began to reach its peak when George Lucas created the greatest trilogy of movies ever made. Honestly I have never found another movie (or series of movies) that has even approached the utter brilliance of Star Wars. So, have I set this comment up properly to make it clear that there will be no objectivity whatsoever here? Since I was a young boy I've been obsessed with the world of Star Wars and I can't imagine any movie approaching the original trilogy at the top of my favorite movie list.
Part of the love has to be the fact that I completely identify…
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