Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
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…
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…
Actual conversations I had with my 2 and a half year old son, Jack, while watching this:
Jack (As opening scroll starts): Ooooooooooohhhhh.
Me: I know!
Jack: Big moon.
Me: Uh huh.
Me: Sure is.
Jack: Star Wars is cool!
Me: I know!
Me (as Darth Vader enters): Who's that, dude? You know who that is.
Jack: Dr. Doom!
Me: Hahahahahahaaaaaaa!!! That's the best wrong guess ever.
Jack: Star Wars has two eyes.
Jack: Two eyes. One, two.
Me: Are you trying to wreck this for me?
Me: Hahaha! No, that's Chewbacca. He's a Wookiee.
Me: No, dude. Wookiee.
Me: That's not a real question.
Jack: Watch Spider-Man?
Me: You're fuckin' this up for me.
What can I say about this? It's pre-critical for me. It's like asking my opinion on Coca-Cola. I've loved as long as I can remember. A pleasure to watch again (especially in the despecialized edition).
I realize this was a pretty groundbreaking movie back in the 70s and spawned if not THE largest cult following of any movie in history. However, I feel it hasn't aged as well as many would hope so. Heck, I really tried to make myself love it this time around, only to be reminded that most of the things I adored in the franchise were actually in the two sequels. This one just felt kind of boring for the most time, maybe because I'm too young to have any nostalgic connection with this particular flick. The last part of the movie with loads of spaceships shooting green lights at eachother went on forever and exhausted me with boredom. What can I say? I really tried to love it and undertand the hype surrounding it, however I lack the nostalgic connection and fanboy geekiness to appreciate it as much as the majority.
Harmy's Despecialized Edition
Number of hands chopped off: 1
I have not seen this in last 12 months watched it with someone who is 36 and confessed to me that they have never seem it.
I want the original theatrical releases on Blu. Now.
The first time I saw Star Wars was when I was nine years old. Due to the fact that my family didn't own cable in old days I never watched the films before that. Only knew Star Wars through the Toys of my friends and the Ewok Tv Show. When my uncle heard that I never saw any of the films he bought me all three Star Wars films on VHS. He couldn't believe I did not see any of the films until then.
Star Wars blew my mind. Never have I seen something like this before. I wanted to be Han Solo even through deep inside me I was a Luke Skywalker. I wanted to have friend like Chewbacca and fly the Millennium Falcon. I wanted to be taught by Obi Wan Kenobi. I wanted to blow up the Death Star.
It was the birth of my geekdom.
Yes I've seen this many times before. But this was the first time with my eldest. Yep he's probably too young for this and watching it with him, nay, through him, I realised how adult this film is. Heck I even skipped at least one moment which is scarred in my six year old brain. A couple of random and really obvious thoughts:
* the special edition additions for the most part just don't work and have this weird plasticine quality that is terribly out of place with this otherwise lived in and gritty world. The Tattoinee scenes suffer especially. The one Tattoinee moment that worked is the replacement Sand Crawler power shot and the entire final battle;
A guy in a robot suit is angry about tapes that some robots stole from his ship. He kidnaps his daughter and tortures her until her brother shows up with his space pirate friend, a monk and a sasquatch. They run around a giant artificial planet called the "Death Star" (it's a planet not a star) and then after falling into a garbage pit, they get the fuck out of there. The monk gets cut in half and they shoot at some orbs with wings. They join the rebellion and launch a campaign to blow up the evil space-planet while a guy hears ghosts talking to him. It was okay.
Must See, A
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