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To truly appreciate the impact Star Wars had on the life on the average kid in 1977, you just had to be one of those kids. I was 11 back then and you can take it from me, Star Wars, was just the most exciting thing ever. Yeah I played with the toys, joined the fan club, bought the comics and all the rest of it but that's just regulation kids stuff. Star Wars fired the imagination like nothing before. I remember in the school playground acting out different scenes with my friends and arguing over who was going to be Luke. One time, so may kids wanted to join in we had to get a little creative in deciding who should do what. So just like in the film we got two people to play Vader. One did the voice and the other the sound of his breathing. Someone else had a curious talent for imitating the sound of doors opening and closing. We even had a couple of Jawa's for heaven's sake (Orteedee!). We'd have endless discussions about what Vader really looked like and how cool it would be to own a real Light Sabre - Wow! We kept scrapbooks, put posters on the wall, made models (badly) thought up quizzes to test each other, entered competitions and found endless other ways of enabling Star Wars to enter our lives. I just can't explain how much more of a "force" for fun and escapism it became above and beyond those first two awe inspiring hours at the picture house. Looking back I remember those days with much affection and still retain a fragment of the sense of wonder and excitement only "Star Wars" could evoke. The force is with me, even now.
This movie is BRILLIANT!! It couldn't be greater! From the opening scenes with the Star Destroyer and Leia's Corellian Corvette to Harrison Ford ad-libbing his lines in the Detention Area to the Battle of Yavin, this movie keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat. If you haven't see this movie, was it nice in that cave you were living in? This movie is a classic sci-fi movie, and it will always be one of my favorites!
Star Wars is a triumph in filmmaking. It has a simple plot, good acting,
it is one of the most original and creative films I have ever seen. And all
of those elements combined make for one of the best movies I have ever
Most of you who are reading this probably have seen the film, but for those of you who haven't, (See it now!) I won't give away the plot of the film, even though you might already know it. The film stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo, who is my favorite character), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, who is one the most evil and menacing villians to ever grace the screen. The film co-stars Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). The relationship between R2-D2 and C-3PO adds some humor to the film, also.
Like I said earlier, Star Wars has a simple plot, but it still has a good plot. That's one of the reasons why I like the movie so much. The movie does have some good performances, also. Harrison Ford brings sarcasm and wit to his character Han Solo. Alec Guiness does a great job and the wise, old Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi. James Earl Jones does a very good job as the voice of the villain, Darth Vader. Mark Hamill does a pretty good job as Luke Skywalker, but he sometimes tends to get a little annoying. The film also has exellent visual effects for its time.
This film is directed by George Lucas, who hasn't directed many other movies, but he is still a very good director and writer. He wrote all of the Star Wars films.
Overall, I think that this is the best of the Star Wars movies, including Episode 1, which was a bit of a disappointment, but a good movie all the same. If you haven't seen this legendary film, don't waste your money to rent it, go out and by the whole trilogy. You won't regret it. 10/10.
It's 1999, 22 years since the original release of Star Wars, and we still
have people flocking to SW conventions, dedicating entire web sites to SW,
spending hundreds of dollars on posters and action figures, and generally
assuring that the SW frenzy will live forever.
Okay, I'm not critical of the die-hard fans, since I am one myself and very
proud of that. I am told I bear a striking resemblance to Carrie Fisher,
I dressed up like Leia for Halloween once, complete with the cinnamon-bun
hair. (I wanted to be Yoda but the costume shop said the outfit only had
one ear.) Regardless whether you're nuts about SW or not, it is a
exercise in filmmaking and the original movie was, of course nominated for
an Academy Award. Pretty unheard of for a sci-fi/fantasy.
George Lucas famously described the trilogy as a "three-act play." Everyone is introduced in the first act, SW; they are placed in a dark, desperate mess in the second, ESB; and finally they get out of the hole in the final third, ROJ. This setup works fairly well for the trilogy, although some find fault with Lucas's idea. They say Star Wars has too little character involvement, Empire is too dark, and Return is too happy. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion, but I think Lucas's strategy works well in the long-term effect. We grow to love the characters after three movies; things like that take time and sometimes multiple movies!!!
Although SW is not my favorite of the three (I find it somewhat campy and unemotional,) it was a fantastic starting block and lead-in to The Empire Strikes Back, which was one of the most anticipated sequels of all time. Mark Hamill was adequate as Luke Skywalker, although the whining was a little irritating. The aerial battle above and around the Death Star is fabulous. James Earl Jones immortalized the ominous voice of Darth Vader. Carrie Fisher is young and tenacious (and not as drugged out as in the second movie. I'm not cruel, just honest!) And Harrison Ford was absolutely perfect as the rough-n-tumble Han Solo.
Judging by its cult-like following (heck, even Wedge has his own fan club!), Star Wars is one of those immortal things, so you might as well love it.
Having just seen Episode 1, I watched Star Wars Episode IV again to see if I could get some sort of idea of how the story may join up in two episodes time. I couldn't really figure this out, as there are thousands of possibilities. But I must say that Star Wars is still as good today as it was 20 years ago. The special effects were still good, not as impressive as Episode 1 but for the time, they were excellent. What is weird is that in basic terms Star Wars is just a good vs evil story, but its the way its done with all the other elements interwoven that make it so good. The end battle scene is the best, and has been copied many times over in numerous inferior films. I cant really imagine what life would be like without Star wars, i grew up on it and it holds a special place in my memory. As soon as the now famous score by John Williams starts up you know you're in for something special. Why can't they make more films like this?
A long, long time ago, I was never familiar with STAR WARS until this
familiar sound of music played on the radio. Later, visions of action
figures on TV commercials dominated my Saturday mornings. This sure was a
completely giant success story that even I couldn't understand way back in
my pre-school years, but it was just happening. It took years of waiting
experience to get a new VCR, and I finally took advantage of the Force. If
you were like me, your early childhood days have been rough because you
never got to see the STAR WARS trilogy. Fascinated by flying spaceships,
bold warriors, and especially C-3PO and R2-D2, the days were a joy to
behold. George Lucas' sci-fi epic that includes this first original movie
a timeless treasure, thanks to his establishment of a fantasy adventure
goes galactic. He's not just an ordinary director, but a director of
technology. The excitement of its epic combat battles are worth infinite
viewings, and was destined to blow away the audience with a rapid-fire
of impact. And this revolutionary piece led to numerous
You can very well remember how George Lucas and the whole ILM gang made this trilogy through its history of complications. The original STAR WARS was a terrible undertaking for Lucas because he wanted a movie that feels true to realistic. When JAWS was playing in 1975, it showed off some new special effects technology of a great white shark, and managed to achieve in editing. That hit film was released at a time when production values remained tight, which they were often called "B" movies. STAR WARS has been the same thing, and it wasn't exactly clear that high-quality visuals would ever be possible. It would take more than the entire National Football League to create a 70s masterpiece. Lucas tried, and won by displaying a thrilling speed of action with a lightning fast pace. One example is the brief "hyperwarp" scene, where one blink of an eye ruins your day. When you have an incredible view of the fireworks, there's always a big plot to make more excitement. Like the movies themselves, one good story leads to another.
Without characters, there wouldn't be a movie at all. Make them appealing and then everyone can enjoy the fun. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) lives the adventure; Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is always the bold type; Chewbacca The Wookiee adds to the chemistry with his furry appearance; likeable droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are loved by the kids. But there's always the villain, Darth Vader whose familiarity would still be hated through fun, but always recognizable. This first installment actually serves as an introductory platform for the characters and their potential of things to come. We know them well, but this is only the beginning (in Episode four!). Keep in mind, though, that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has always been the central hero of the series. Pretty fascinating!
Always take notice of the 1997 Special Edition. This is a mandatory must for STAR WARS newcomers who still haven't taken advantage of the Force in all these years. The myth is that there aren't a whole lot of changes. The truth is that they're saying quite a lot because the editing of these enhancements is phenomenal, and hasn't been done before. It's a remarkable achievement in modern film technology, and the scene with Jabba The Hut explains why. Remember that some of original pieces of footage remain the same with a certainty of noticeable glitches, which is still a minor offense. Add to this some incredible restoration and we still have a sci-fi gem that will stick around longer while the new trilogy slowly builds on. Think of this, you're watching an entirely new movie!
I hope this original movie and the whole trilogy in itself doesn't fall victim to a terrible amount of backlash when EPISODE ONE arrives. That one will do excellent business based on our cravings for special effects; they actually sell the movies! Should it happen, this would be a fatal blow to preserving a quality image to American cinema, past or present. We must take for granted that movies are essential as entertainment, and how the many possibilities can be discovered. Judging a movie's popularity against the odds is only going to hurt it. It is currently being demonstrated with E.T. (1982) and TITANIC (1997), two highly acclaimed films that are receiving tons of negative criticism and scrutiny from the public. They do this by pushing popularity off the wall. At least we know how to handle STAR WARS movies carefully, and while we enjoy science fiction as a make-believe cushion, it's important to know that it took a genius like George Lucas to create a universe where excitement exceeds the imaginable. Without him, the movie industry would be in deep space beyond the far reaches of our galaxy. The greatest movie ever made? Only on a cult level; it is the best one for the crowd, but consider this a fine American piece of movie art for all.
The Force will be with us.....always.
This film is a really great film. It has everything from sci - fi, comedy, action and romance. It does not matter what age you are Star Wars can appeal to anyone at any age. Star Wars is much more than just a film, one only has to look at the cult following it has. For anyone who has not seen it this timeless classic is worth watching again and again.
Probably everyone has heard of the Star Wars movies. They stand out as pieces of mythology, classic film lore, and technical wizardry. Star Wars set the standard in Sci/Fi movies and special effects have been a huge part of movie making ever since. Simply put, Star Wars is a masterpiece, made with meticulous attention to detail by a reclusive but highly knowledgeable film maker known for experimenting. Star Wars speaks to the child in all of us, that naive spirit of adventure, of Good versus Evil, that pure idealism that surrounds us with feelings of awe and wonder. It's a great work of imagination, of tribute to the classics of the past, of legends, heroes, magic and wide open fantasy. George Lucas was right when he said that modern audiences longed for a mythology all their own, and he delivers with his epic story, aimed at kids of ages 8 to 80, with a grand sweep. I love these movies.
Some claim that Star Wars is nothing more than a simple morality tale that borrowed from classic mythology with good special effects. Comments have been made about the film that it has a simple story and that the movie has simple characters. While all of these claims may have some validity, to say that the film has no depth is unfair. When one studies how much thought really was put in Lucas' trilogy, they should be amazed. While the film borrows from mythology, Lucas has made sure that each film has a major twist from its ancestors. In the first film for example, Luke goes to rescue a princess, but instead she is the one that ends up saving him. Not only does the story telling have a twist on classic mythology, it has an underlying theme and many sub-themes that no other movie can match. After studying the trilogy, redemption is the theme most often explored. Every major "good" character in the trilogy at one time falls and then redeems himself. The ultimate redemption being Darth Vader who will be the main character in the new trilogy being developed as I type. As for the characters being simple, this seems unfair. They are archtypes. Characters common throughout all cultures. Also, all the major characters have motivation for their actions unlike most good guy/bad guy movies. The bad guys in the films are bad because of human flaws such as the struggle for power and greed. They are not simple bad for bad's sake. Even the main villain of the trilogy becomes very human by the end of the trilogy when he redeems himself. The film doesn't show the bad guys only as something to shoot at, but as human beings that have been lead astray. The two trilogies are ultimately about how a human being can become a monster, and that a monster is still a human being in the end. The Star Wars trilogy has more depth than at first glance. Though it does have spectacular effects, this is only to pull the viewer into the great story-telling.
I have seen this movie so many times, I know the script, I collect the
books, ask me any question on Star Wars I could probably answer it.
Star Wars is the best movie ever made. It has everything - plot, special effects, great script, endearing characters, one could go on and on about it. It has opened up an entire new universe in a galaxy far, far away. And the best thing about it, it can never end. As I had never seen Star Wars in the cinema it was absolutely AMAZING to see the famous opening line and the prologue disappearing into space. The best thing about it is that it is labelled Episode 4 - a promise of things to come. Of course everyone has seen this movie and its sequels (if not, you've been living in a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . .) And everyone has to admit that its originality at least makes this one of the best movies of all time.
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