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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…
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…
Death over the stars. Glimmering like a silver gem. Chasing ever onward toward its bait. The bait tries to flee, but there is no luck... The bait is caught!
A dark and brooding cloak, as if birthing from the shadows, makes its way onto the decks of this hopeless star ship. It leaves a trail of death and decay in its wake.
There is no hope for the crew, but one princess. She carries a knowledge the cloaked one must have - information that will foil the empire's plan.
She gives this data to two droids. One small. The other tall. They evac the ship by way of a bay pod. No quit escape, but it gets the job done.…
Do I need to say more about this?! This is one of the only truly timeless movies that's been made. It was made nearly forty years ago and it looks like it could have been made today (the special edition changes are actually the only things that make this look dated, and those were done retroactively.) This is a movie you could show anybody from any time period and everyone would find something to appreciate. This movie could have been released in 1977 or 1937 or 2007 pretty much exactly as it is and it wouldn't feel out of place in those times. I find it interesting that the actors that hated the project the most, Alec Guiness and Harrison…
The ingredients that made Star Wars a revolution at its time of release are clearly noticeable, without a doubt, but the visual encapsulation of this epic space opera has aged very badly & today looks like an unintentionally funny (or stupid) ride than a masterpiece adventure. Still, there is no denying that Star Wars is a cinematic feat of imagination, fantasy & creativity that hypnotized an entire generation with its freshly envisioned & awe-inspiring world, gripping story, first-rate adventure, celebrated characters & legendary score.
Set in a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars lifts the plot structure from Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress and presents a time period in which a civil war has broken out between the evil Galactic Empire & the Rebels. It…
The flawless space fantasy, and the out-of-body experience that started it all... And no, there's none of those gay midichlorians!
Has not quite lost its magic yet.
So much fun.
Bring on Episode VII...
Shortly before watching this, I watched Airplane!. I'm not entirely sure which of the two is the silliest.
Outstanding, original piece of classic cinema that everybody won't admit it but you just always geek out over.
OK, where to begin a review to a film like Star Wars? Well, obviously, every human on the planet has definitely heard of Star Wars, the global phenomenon of a movie directed by George Lucas. It was the beginning of a massive franchise and is viewed as, along with 2001, as a huge game-changer of the sci-fi genre, and, along with the classic Spielberg flick Jaws, was the beginning of the modern Hollywood blockbuster. Funny thing is; when it was being made, Lucas thought the film was going to be an epic flop, due to robots repeatedly breaking down, going way over budget, no one other than Lucas taking the project seriously, and issues with editing and creating the visuals.…
Watched the "despecialized" version which makes it the first time in a couple of decades that's I've seen this version.Not much I can really say about the film that hasn't been said a thousand times before but it's nice to be able to see the original un-bastardized version.
Well, believe it or not, I've just watched this for the very first time in my life, and I loved it. I thought the childhood majesty would be lost on me, but I was enthralled the whole time. Not even the exposition at the beginning was a dull read (which I thought it would be).
Bravo! Now for the other two... soon.
Everything that can be said, has been said. It’s been a while since I’ve seen this, and it holds up pretty well. I still hate the last medal ceremony though.
Search the internet for Harmy’s ‘DeSpecialized Edition’. This is a version that a fan has made, pulling from loads of different sources in order to get an HD copy of the real originals. He’s put in a painstaking amount of work to create this, but considering the culture impact these films have had I think it was a brilliant idea.
The official blu ray copies do not look good at all, and modern DVD versions have crappy CGI edits and even minor plot changes. These fan made re-masters are gorgeous, and really do justice to the source material.
If you’re not having much joy finding them, get in touch.
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