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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…
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The ultimate adventure. Serials, Westerns, sci-fi, and Space Operas are all combined into an utter masterwork of world building, imagination, supreme characters, and bombastic vision.
I love everything about Star Wars. I love the opening shot, I love Darth Vader's first appearance, I love how douchey R2-D2 is, I love the locations, I love the subtle reveal of character, I love the endless display of unique species and worlds, I love the grounded story, I love Han Solo, I love Chewie, I love Luke, I adore Leia, I'm in continuous awe of John WIlliam's score, I love the duel between Vader and Obi-Wan, I love the final battle, I love how it ends, I love every single second of this timeless masterpiece.
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…
1977 is kind of a blur for me. My dad had just passed away at the beginning of the year, and a couple of weeks later I celebrated my 18th birthday. Those are the two events that are crystal clear in my memory, but one more is too, the day I saw Star Wars.
Star Wars and I didn’t exactly get off on the right foot. I didn’t see it for a month or so after it was released, maybe more, and all I heard during that period, over and over and over, was ‘Best Science Fiction Film Ever …. WAY better than 2001’. People who know me here know my reverence for that particular film, and I had serious…
*Hides from angry mobs of Letterboxd-users*
Laying my cards on the table: I absolutely hate Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The plot (Luke and Han are pulled in by the death star, they manage to escape, they go back to destroy it) is thinner than the iPhone will be ten years from now. The special effects are next to nothing compared to the decade-older science-fiction landmark 2001: A Space Odyssey. Characters are clichés at best: Luke ‘the chosen one’ Skywalker, Obi-Wan ‘the old master’ Kenobi, Han ‘the money-obsessed solo slim’ Solo. Mark Hamill puts down one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen and the rest of the cast is generally not much better. Princess Leia is…
The hype is getting to me.
I know this is a bad idea, because we've all been here before. I know this is a bad idea, because the images coming out of the film have already confirmed my worst fears in a single image: Lupita Nyong'o with motion capture spheres all over her. Others have suggested there is something offensive about the concept art for her character, and I will not be surprised if the history of offensive stereotyping with their "alien" races continues. But even if it doesn't, even if her character is somehow devoid of visual or audible cues that draw on a long history of devaluing human beings by limiting them to small, often buffoonish roles, it…
it was good.
Very goofy but so entertaining. Aside from Cushing and Guinness the acting is very campy but it works for the most part. The best of the series for sure.
I never really noticed this before, but all the sets, robots, creature effects, and costumes look like they fell straight off the cover of a pulpy 70's sci-fi novel.
I don't remember how, why or when I watched Star Wars as a little girl but it was just as amazing as I remembered it.
Look there is literally nothing I can say that hasn't been said a million times over in the past 40 years. Star Wars is good and fun and pretty and I like it.
For a good number of reasons, this should probably be a 3/5 rating. The dialogue is pretty painful, the story leads a generic path, and Lucas decided to fuck with his own film years later by plastering a bunch of CGI creatures and vehicles all over the screen. They look painfully out of place.
But even though I feel like this movie doesn't hold up, especially compared to its next two sequels, I cannot deny that this first installment represents something much larger than a cheesy 70s space opera.
A New Hope started a movement in cinema, and society as a whole, that very few films have ever attained. I have no doubt that I would've been awe-struck by this movie if I had seen it nearly 40 years ago. There is no doubt that Lucas was truly ahead of his time.
Too bad he wrote the prequels into the ground.
yes. i did finally watch star wars.
"I've watched this film before."
You're damn right I have.
Star Wars (or A New Hope) is a fantastic movie that created a universe that has survived for decades. A must watch.
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