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There are only a handful of movies I've given a perfect 10 out of 10, and Star Wars is in my opinion one of the best movie of all time. It is a movie with non stop excitement that will make you want to watch it over and over. The original Star Wars is an instant classic. If you haven't seen this movie, you have to go find some one who has it, and watch it. The amazing space story has original ideas and now in days I can relate a lot of action scenes back to Star Wars. Remember the opening scene of Man of Steel, when Jor-El was fleeing from General Zod's army. It looked like something straight out of Star Wars. I loved Man of Steel as much as the next person, but Star Wars is that original sci-fi adventure that you will love for ever. This first part of the original trilogy will set up two more movies that will lead to one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Please take my word for it and if you haven't seen it already go watch this movie as soon as possible. For the sake of your movication (yes I'm quoting Pitch Perfect) please watch Star Wars you will not be disappointed
There is nothing I can type here that has not been covered by previous
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For those that haven't watched Star Wars; please remedy that if you're a Sci-Fi fan or just a fan of films with a rich story. Star Wars was one of my favourite films as a child and it continues to be a source of both nostalgic wonder and a film that will always hold a special place with a geek/fan girl like me. The reviewer whom stated that Star Wars is a "Kid's Fantasy. An Adult's Memory" was spot on! I was three years from being born when the film was released in theatres but I was lucky enough to grow up with big brothers who introduced me as soon as I was old enough to watch. I cannot thank them enough for that.
There is nothing better than reliving the epic stories of the Star Wars films on a rainy weekend!
In the summer of 1977, during a time when most motion pictures were all
about being rough and gritty, Star Wars exploded onto the scene with
its fresh take on classic adventurism and epic storytelling. The
immense popularity that followed ensured that it beat the odds against
a skeptical studio that never saw the viability of the franchise, and
ensured its resounding success for decades. It has since become the
progenitor of all modern blockbuster films.
Whether you start the series here or with the modern prequel The Phantom Menace, you'll be immediately submerged into a unique and original universe. Great care and consideration is placed into every person, place, and thing in the series, with an exceptional level of background and detail. Entering the Star Wars universe is one of the deepest and most lively franchises, even to this day.
The story kicks off right in the middle of a big space pursuit, and maintains steadily fast pacing throughout. The original special effects have always been impressive, with loads of quality models and matte paintings that still hold up. There are a number of added CGI scenes from the '97 update, which haven't aged that well. But what really matters is the spirit of the movie; whether lurking around the seedy underbelly of Mos Eisley, or storming the decks of the Death Star, the movie is loaded with action and comedy, and it takes itself seriously only when it has to. The resulting thrill ride is as lighthearted as it is exciting and memorable.
Borrowing directly from Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, and with some influence by classic sci-fi serials like Buck Rogers, the story for this is not terribly original, but it is a solid and fresh take on the genre, with a cast of fine characters. The biggest and most original contribution is Luke Skywalker's journey from being a humble farm boy to being the hero of the Rebel Alliance (featuring themes that echo Lucas' previous film American Graffiti). The film's structuring allows for a steady introduction to all the characters and concepts, making it easily digestible and continuously iconic.
The film is competently-made, with solid photography and editing. Special effects are groundbreaking for its time. At times, I feel that the imagery with the given camera angles, lighting effects, costume and set designs, are like an evolution of THX1138, lending the film a slick futuristic appeal. Acting tends to be a bit hammy in all the Star Wars films, but are probably at their best here; Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Sir Alec Guinness bring the characters to life in a vivid and memorable way. Writing can be quite nutty, but the dialogue is memorable. All of the film's sets, props, costumes, and special effects are swell, even if they do show their age a little. And the music is excellent; John Williams' original score matches the movie perfectly, and is exceptional.
5/5 (Entertainment: Perfect | Story: Perfect | Film: Perfect)
May the fourth be with you everybody! Today, on Star Wars day, I figure
it only fitting to review the film that started the whole starry craze,
Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress! Nah, just kidding, it's Star Wars
Episode 4: A New Hope of course. It has been said countless times that
Star Wars was based upon the Kurosawa samurai films as well as the
Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s and 40s, but in my eyes, it's an all
around fairy tale in space. Think about it, you've got the dashing,
optimistic hero in Luke Skywalker, the wise, old mentor and hermit in
Obi-Wan Kenobi, the damsel in distress mistress in Princess Leia, and
the terrifying wizard with black attire in Darth Vader. It's like a
Brothers Grimm tale or a tale written by L. Frank Baum, who you all
know as the mind behind The Wizard of Oz. But what makes Star Wars
great is something I can't sum up in one single review, but I'll
certainly give it a try for your sake. This is 1977's Star Wars, the
film that changed cinema forever.
I can relate to this film on so many levels. I see a lot of myself in the characters of Luke Skywalker, C-3P0 and even the cocky Han Solo, a rebellious lad with a devil may care point of view. I can also look up to Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has become a lot like his master Qui-Gon Jinn by this episode. He has gone from a brash, outspoken padawan who viewed many creatures as useless to a wise old man who saw the potential in all creatures. I love Obi-Wan's wisdom and it's wisdom I live by every minute of everyday of my life. My favorite line of his is "Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?" He has such a rich perspective of everything and his knowledge of the Force can give you the push you need to go about even the deadliest of tasks. It's his guidance that finally allows Luke to demolish the Death Star at the film's finale and it's probably something that will carry onto mentor Luke in the upcoming Star Wars Episode 7. Obi-Wan is the kind mentor we all wish we could get knowledge from so we could become wiser souls.
Darth Vader is a menacing entity and is up there with the Wicked Witch of the West as one of film's greatest foes. The emotionless mask and deep dark voice of James Earl Jones really makes him ever more terrifying than he already is, but if you saw what he once was in Episodes 1,2 and 3, you tend to fear him less and less. It's hard to believe that underneath that breathing helmet is the charred face of Hayden Christensen, a once proud hero with a charming charisma. Little did we know that it would take him two more films until he finally reached his redemption and even than, it was before his untimely demise. Darth Vader is a motion picture icon, not only because of his wickedness and evilness, but because of his tragic past and his fight to gain back what he lost all those years ago. That's what makes an incredible villain, a villain that never wanted to be bad, but was thrust into badness because of one fatal decision.
The other characters are also worthy of mention. Mark Hamill prevails as the adventurous, yet good hearted Luke Skywalker who would become the galaxy's most acclaimed hero towards the film's conclusion. Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia is a lot like Dorothy Gale or Alice in Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland stories. Sure, she gets captured, but she's perfectly capable of defending herself and even defending her companions. She's a fearless woman who is not even afraid of kissing her long lost brother straight on the lips. Harrison Ford's Han Solo is probably the film's most memorable human character and with his headstrong and hipster attitude, he was what a lot of children wanted to be like when they first saw Star Wars back in 77. He's the ideal punk, but he's also the gallant hero and tough guy who's not scared to shoot down some green aliens (Who cares who shot first!) or stormtroopers.
Personally, I became more fascinated with the non human characters like Chewbacca (Why didn't he get a medal!), R2-D2 and C-3P0, for like the humans, they were always trying to get the spotlight and give their share to the story. I feel like C-3PO is the most underrated character in all of Star Wars, for he is often seen as a symbol of homosexuality and annoyance. But Star Wars has a timeless story first and for most and this story gets better and better every time you experience it. Every time you experience it, you spot things you never spotted beforehand and that adds to the film's overall charm and magic. Even though it was made in the 70s, it still has the touch of a story that will last forever and never wear out. With all it's grand special effects (no matter what version of the film it is) and alien lifeforms, Star Wars is a storybook with a grand scale and a powerful, prudent moral that all creatures have a force flowing through them, allowing them to reach out and achieve the impossible.
I'm not quite sure but I think that's why we love it so much. That's the reason I love it at least.
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George Lucas probably did not know at the time he was creating one of
the biggest hits not just only of his career but also of all time! As
there were rarely movies from space it seemed at the time.
Mark Hamil as the main protagonist Luke Skywalker who went from being a simple farm boy to being a grown up man and really stronger and tougher but had a sense of morals and values as he was the most developed character of all the main characters.
Carrie Fisher as the feisty yet pretty and tough action gal Princess Leia. As she really should had moved on and had the acting chops but people will forever remember her as Princess Leia no matter what.
Harrison Ford as the tough, dashing, a bit of a jerk but with a heart of gold space pirate, Han Solo. Who really began to mellow out and proved to his friends that he was not such a macho jerk and really had a heart of gold.
Darth Vader who only had twelve minutes of screen time in the first movie. Really began to also develop. As he knew he had good inside of him but was afraid to show it.
And of course scene stealers like C3P0 and R2-D2. As R2D2 is funny even though we can't hear a word he is saying but only C3PO is the only one that can as C3P0 is the perfect sidekick and straight man for scene stealing R2.
The movie had wit, charm, personality, and special effects! Wished that both Hamil and Fisher would had gone on further in their careers like Ford did!
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'Star Wars' is a movie that every kid on Earth has seen and has been
reviewed and praised over and over again. But, me, just an average
movie goer, reviewing such a classic, cannot hurt, so why shouldn't I
I am pretty certain that everyone who watches movies knows the plot to 'Star Wars' but for anyone who doesn't, Luke Skywalker is taught basics about the force, a mysterious and overwhelming power that controls and binds the galaxy, by Jedi master Ben Kenobi. Along with a crew and a ship, they must go to Alderaan and deliver droids who hold the key to the Empire's brand new battle station, the Death Star, so that the droids can be intercepted, weaknesses of the Death Star can be found and it can then be destroyed.
So much works in this film, most notably the characters and the setting. Every single character in this movie is so iconic that they are discussed even in households. They are not just famous but are so amazingly written and put to screen. If directed horribly, everything with Chewie and R2-D2 would come off horribly, as they never speak a word in English but speak in their own language, to the point where subtitles aren't even used. This further adds mystery towards the film which I just love
The direction in this film is purely amazing and is some of the greatest in cinema history. A pity Lucas fell much like Anakin Skywalker did. The pacing is mostly great but after a few re-watches, 'Star Wars' at times feels rather slow compared to its legendary sequel. It isn't anything like downright boring but some scenes are oddly paced. One instance is when C-3PO and R2-D2 get on a escape pod and land on Tatooine. From there on, a good ten minutes of clear slow pacing is evident: not much indeed happens and happens rather oddly but as soon as Luke gets these robots, the things start changing. There are a few instances later on in the movie that are oddly paced but aren't as strange as the start of Tatooine.
One of the greatest things in these original films is how amazing everything looks. The effects, since all being practical, due to the fact that simply 1977 didn't hold CGI, look amazing and realistic and we feel like we are part of this "galaxy far, far away" and not in a CGI world much like the prequel trilogy.
The musical score by John Williams is perhaps the greatest to ever grace cinema. Yes, there are a few better soundtracks, to me, most notably Empire Strikes Back and any other score by John Williams along with films like the Lord of the Rings, but the music in this original film, even without the iconic Imperial March, is still fantastic. The cinematography looks superb in these movies and the action scenes are very well filmed and so easy and entertaining to follow, each containing the right amount of suspense. A later, older and weaker Lucas would fall and add CGI enemies all over the screen to the point where your mind cannot cope with what you are being shown- and not in a good way. However, in this film, the action sequences are 1 v 3 type fights to the point where everything is easily controllable and readable to us. The space battles are superb and thoroughly entertaining and the assault on the Death Star that ends this movie is downright amazing! Such perfection in film making
The acting in this movie is great and I myself clearly find it an invalid argument when one would say the acting, in even the original trilogy, isn't that great. Yes, there are a few moments where they get tired but the acting is very strong. The scene stealer being Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Each member of the cast, including legendary actors at the time, like Sir Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin gives such a chilling performance as the head of the Empire the one "who holds Vader's leash"
'Star Wars' is without a doubt a timeless classic that every human needs to see whether they have a love for movies or not. A movie that is close to perfection is only let down a little by the fact that the pacing at times is rather slow, despite the content being presented is interesting. 'Star Wars' is a definite masterpiece and one of the most revolutionary films of all time that changed action movies forever.
George Lucas' Star Wars is a project unlike one I've seen before, as
cliché and as empty as that statement might sound. It's a monumental
achievement in the cinematic world, arguably the biggest one ever, that
pioneered special effects work and accommodated for other
science-fiction projects to follow in the next decades. When released
in 1977, with sufficient hype and outstanding reviews, it was a
movie-going experience; thousands of showings were sold out (something
you never hear about anymore), universal audiences were captivated,
cultists and enthusiasts were born, and the eye-popping technology was
cherished and admired by many.
Watching Star Wars today (now called Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope with the release of the three prequels), there is still a uniquely affecting vibe that it sends with its compelling visuals and wonderfully articulated characters. It's over thirty years old, but it effectively holds the torch that makes it timeless. No matter how far technology progresses, and even with the onset of computer-animation and a heavy reliance on digital cinema, the look and beauty of Star Wars will likely never die out.
Since it appears that everyone has seen the Star Wars movies except for myself, I will spare you the boredom of hearing the plot reiterated for the umpteenth time. Besides, I'm not sure if I could explain it accurately. The film is fast-paced, dynamic, and just works so competently, that after a while, I began to dissolve any questions I had about the plot and just go along for the ride. Consistent readers know what I think of constant cinematic evaluations, and that I find them to often be without a reward and potentially lethal to the likability of a film. Things happen in Star Wars; crazy things, logical things, smart things, frightening things, but above all, enthralling things.
Speaking of enthralling things, I must admit how often I felt tension build and suspense become prevalent during the course of this film. For one thing, it's blatantly obvious to people who haven't even seen the series that these characters will make it (hence the two sequels). Yet, during several sequences, I found myself tense and extremely worried for these characters (most notably the scene in the trash chute). When a film can make you fear when you know the outcome is when you know true filmmaking tactics are at hand.
Something I have notice happen with older science-fiction films is that one of their downsides is their length due to their special effects showcase. Let me explain; Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a visual marvel when it first came out, but its story was extended out about twenty-five minutes longer than it needed to be because they were showcasing the technology, which was breathtaking at the time. It appears, too, that many fans even recall this fact with a bit of sourness, which is why when people refer to the "original trilogy" of the Star Trek films, they usually mean the second film through the fourth one. Star Wars doesn't bear that same quality; it doesn't need to turn the story into a methodical plod just to show off its creative design and visuals. It doesn't feel like a showcase. We get a perfect feel for the environment without having to stare at for an upwards of five minutes.
One thing that disheartens me greatly about this series is how controversial it has become. With numerous releases on DVD, and a new one on Blu-Ray, to my knowledge, the only original cuts of the Star Wars films you can see are on the Laserdisc/VHS versions. Because of this, fans have found themselves lambasting decisions made by Lucas, criticizing all the changes he has made to the series on the new releases of the DVDs, his re-releases of the movies in theaters, and lucrative branding/licensing of the figures in the money that, in 2013, continue to flood the store aisles of a Wal-Mart and Toys-R-Us near you. I believe that's one of the contributing reasons to why I never saw or even felt like seeing the original films until now; I felt alienated and bullied, with the series seemingly shoving itself down my throat.
On a final note, another impressive element is the charisma and talent of a young Mark Hamill, portraying no one else but Luke Skywalker. Hamill seems like the kind of guy who, after breaking out in Lucas' trilogy of films, would have gone on to do unprecedented projects, but alas, no. Hamill has only acted in either small roles or cameos in films, and hasn't really worked on any other mainstream picture aside from the Star Wars trilogy. While this fact is slightly depressing, as one can only imagine what he could've done, it's fortunate we weren't burdened of seeing him in anything atrocious.
Star Wars is, in short, an incorruptible masterpiece on film. A film that launched the genre of science fiction, propelling films about outer space to unheard of heights. It's just incredibly unfortunate to see what dismal treatment it, and its fans, have had to endure since its release.
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Directed by: George Lucas.
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Oh........my god........I saw this film when I was four years old on
VHS. AND I INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH STAR WARS!!! Through my
elementary years I was OBSESSED WITH STAR WARS!!! Don't get me wrong, I
still love it to this day, I'm just not as obsessed. I mean........COME
ON!!!! YOU CAN'T ARGUE!!! THIS IS THE GREATEST FILM EVER MADE!!! Okay,
okay, so I guess you can argue, (The Wizard Of Oz, Citzen Kane,
Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, The Godfather, ETC.) But......you CAN T
argue that IT IS the most ICONIC film ever made. Seriously, when
someone says "Star Wars"......we've all seen it. I don't know a single
human being that HASN'T seen Star Wars, OR AT THE VERY LEAST DOESN'T
KNOW THE PLOT!!!
1. The score is ICONIC (Won Oscar for Best Original Score)
2. The characters are ICONIC (Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo,Princess Leia, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO & R2-D2, Chewbacca, The Emperor, Boba Fett, Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing). MY GOD THE LIST GOES ON!!
3. SO MANY QUOTABLE LINES!!! (May the force be with you, Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You're my only hope, When I left you I was but the learner, now I am the master, Only a master of EVIL Darth!, Use the force Luke! This is a weapon of a Jedi Knight, not as clumsy or random as a blaster. You don't need to see his identification, MOVE ALONG! Aren't you little too short for a stormtrooper? You don't know the power of the dark side! Luke, I am your father, Yes....good, GOOD!!! Use your aggressive nature BOY!!! IT'S A TRAP!!! And of course, Han Solo's famous "YAHHHOOOO!!!"
4. Ever single scenery is ICONIC (Luke looking at the two suns on Tatooine, The Cantina, Tatooine, The Mellennium Falcon, Star Destroyers, THE DEATH STAR!!! And of course, the opening scene with the Star Destroyer over the planet Tatooine
5. The effects (at the time)WERE GROUND BREAKING!!!!!!!!!
6. At it's time IT WAS THE HIGHEST GROSSING FILM EVER MADE, in fact, if you adjust it to inflation, it's probably the 3rd or 4th highest grossing film ever made (Grossing nearly 3 BILLION dollars.)
7. THE ACTORS!!! Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Alec Guinness)
8. The fact that nearly EVERY SINGLE little detail is ICONIC just makes it number #1. This film has also won 6 academy awards (oscars) and was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture. I DON'T CARE HOW AMAZING ANNIE HALL WAS!!!! STAR WARS SHOULD HAVE WON!!!!
If you haven't Star Wars, STOP WHAT YOUR DOING, SLAP YOURSELF, AND GO WATCH IT!!! I'm telling you, it's the greatest epic sci-fi fantasy adventure EVER MADE!!!
I've seen this film so many times,in fact I grew up with the Prequel
trilogy and still love this one.Actually the only prequel I liked was
the Revenge of the Sith,although the Lightsaber duel between Qui-Gon
Jinn,Obi Wan and Darth Maul is very entertaining but the thing I love
about the originals is too hard to describe in one word,I love the
story,the character,the sets are incredible,the acting is very good,and
of course.......Darth Vader himself.This was when George Lucas wasn't a
money grabbing idiot,when he actually wanted to make a good film,I just
bought the Blu-Ray,I'm not exactly keen on the CGI filled changes Lucas
put in there,but the picture quality and sound makes the experience
A Great movie that will NEVER get old. 10/10
Since its release way back in 1977, George Lucas' epic masterpiece
"Star Wars" has gone on to become quite possibly the most popular
franchise in motion picture history, with one of the biggest fan
followings imaginable. But no matter how much money this franchise
makes, or how many people see it, no matter how many sequels or
prequels or re-releases or remasters it endures, the original classic
still remains to be a very personal film. Despite the success it has
undergone since its release, the production of "Star Wars" was a highly
troubled one, many people expecting it to not even get completed at
all. The hard work and dedication that Lucas and his cast and crew went
through to get this thing made definitely shows through, and that makes
the movie all the more endearing to watch. Quite simply, it's an
incredible achievement in movie-making.
Now, these films have been discussed to death, but I feel like I'd like to give my own two cents on the subject, and my thoughts could easily be summed up in five words: "Star Wars" is absolutely amazing. Everything about it, from the acting, the effects, the story, the mythos, the music, the incredible intrigue that has keep this series alive for so long, it all started here, and it's great. I don't feel like I need to go too in-depth with a plot summary, because this is one of the most iconic films in history, but basically, "Star Wars" follows a simple farm boy living on a desert planet named Luke Skywalker, who yearns to fight with the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire. Before he knows it, he's thrust into an intergalactic adventure, along with an inventive cast of characters, as he tries to help rescue a princess and destroy the Empire's newest weapon: a space station with the power to destroy planets, called the Death Star.
As I said, this movie is awesome. The acting is fantastic all around, each one giving a perfect performance in these incredibly iconic, and unforgettable roles. The inventive special effects are some of the best of their time, and the action sequences are gripping and fantastic, never allowing a dull moment to come through. The story is incredibly fascinating, managing to blend science fiction through the space travel, droids, and aliens, with fantasy through the mystical Force, a defining trait of the Jedi Knights. The intrigue levels are really high here, and it's that intriguing quality that allows viewers to really get invested and really talk in depth about this movie.
This film defined a generation. To this day, people still talk about it, and I doubt that it will ever stop being discussed. "Star Wars" is one of the best sci-fi fantasy epics ever made, and will always be a binding Force of cinema for the rest of time.
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