Star Wars ★★★★★

George Lucas successfully combines archetypes from the entire history of human storytelling to create a story that is universally loved by people of all ages and cultures, set in a lavish “space fantasy” world that is so richly detailed it feels alive in every moment. That is inherently derivative, but it is something beautiful that can only be accomplished through the medium of film; this is why the original Star Wars trilogy have remained some of my favorite films of all time from the time I was 4 years old until today (and likely for the rest of my life); and I will defend to the death their right to be included in the canon of great artistic film.