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Star Wars was considered a breakthrough in movie making and visual
effects together and I agree. George Lucas has made what is considered
the coolest and greatest universe ever. Having been denied from almost
every major motion picture company he was able to get it released from
20th Century Fox.
The story is simple yet extraordinary. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is a young moisture farmer on the desert planet Tatooine and lives with his aunt and uncle. After buying two droids (robots) Skywalker hears a story and wants to help the beautiful Princess Leia being held by the evil empire. Skywalker ends up befriending a few unlikely characters: Han Solo (Harrison Ford) as a pilot, his sidekick and co-pilot Chewbacca the Wookie (Peter Mayhew), and Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness) and head for a large battle station to rescue her.
But standing in their way is the evil empire, the robotic man Darth Vader, and his battle -station the Death Star which is able to destroy entire planets. The story, though pretty much a rescue story, is catchy and exciting filled with loads of action and encounters with hundreds of bizarre aliens. Star Wars is one of the best films I have ever seen and gave birth to the Sci-Fi industry in Hollywood.
The characters are entertaining and slick. The action is faced paced and visually stunning.
Star Wars: A New Hope. Starring: Mark Hamill, Alec Guiness, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, and Carrie Fisher.
5 out of 5 Stars.
Not really. Almost 30 years later, Star Wars is a household name. It would be a challenge to find someone who has never heard of Mr. Lucas's little adventure story. This highly imaginative story is one that almost anyone could find enjoyable. The weaving of action, adventure, drama, conflict, and a plethora of other genres and literary devices is absolutely remarkable. All of this encased in a theme of science fiction is a clear cut example that great writing is just that, great writing. A New Hope along with its sequels, especially the two that followed, TESB and ROTJ will be remembered for a very very long time, even in a galaxy far, far away.
Say what you will about this movie, its legions of fans, its prequels and sequels. No other set of movies is as well-liked by both "geek" and normal cinema lovers than Star Wars. People of all ages, race, and gender enjoy the movie, unlike many other cult-ish sci-fi movies (Star Trek anyone?) This movie has crossed all culture barriers, with characters, lines, and creatures all well known from one set of movies. You have to live under a rock to not know some of the story lines, statements and characters from this film. The funny thing is how some special effects from this movie look BETTER than some effects made in the 2000's (The Rock in Mummy Returns, anyone??) CGI, to someone like me, just can't compete with scale models, puppets, and camera tricks. I highly recommend this movie to the five people in the universe that have not seen it yet. 25 years later, and it is still, and will forever be, a classic. 10 of 10
This was it! When I was growing up, this was the best and more influential movie of my childhood. Classic good versus evil tale. I love watching this even more now that newer episodes have been releasing. Their are a lot of references to what is going on in the new movies. This movie is a classic and ranks as one of my favorite movies. I love the story lines and for its time, the visuals were incredible. I watch other movies that came out around the same time as this movie, and visually, you cant even compare them. This was a movie that raised the bar. Nothing felt forced even though many movies were going to be spun off of this one. One of the greatest heroes and villains in the same movie. Everything about this movie is great, even if it is a little cheesy.
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Beware there is a possibility of Spoilers that follow! None better, although many have tried. It didn't win the Academy Award for Best Picture. So what, half the time the best film of each year doesn't even get recognized by the Academy. The other half, they're just playing off of trends. A New Hope is the rarest of films, one that stands the test of time, and one that no one could have predicted the success for. It spawned the greatest movie trilogy of all-time, yes, of all-time! It raised the bar on how films were made, packaged, and promoted. Very few times in history, does one film change the entire industry. The characters are easily relatable to yourself, and the themes that George Lucas deals with are deep and more in depth than they first appear. Take two hours and watch what a truly great film looks like.
I just got the box set of the first 3 Star Wars movies, only to
discover that it contains A New Hope, not Star Wars...
for those who don't understand the distinction, Star Wars is the film that was released in 1977, capturing the hearts, minds, and dollars of movie-goers everywhere. A New Hope if the crap that Lucasfilm released in the late 90s that includes really poorly done CGI and new scenes, many of which contradict things that we've previously seen in the film (just why was that bounty hunter looking for Han Solo? for Jabba? Jabba finds Han in the very next scene... dumb dumb dumb).
Star Wars was great, and if i could buy that I would watch it a thousand times. As it is, Lucasfilm ripped me off for another $43. I'd donate it to some orphanage or something, only i prefer to just throw trash away.
Congratulations, Lucasfilm, on tricking me out of my money. It's the last you'll ever get. From here on out, I'm done with yer products, even the non-Star Wars ones. This paying customer says "c ya".
Oh, btw... The Phantom Edit is what Phantom Menace could have been, and even it can't overcome the bad story, bad cinematography, and atrocious acting.
I remember fondly the original Star Wars movies in the theatre when I
was a child. They were an excellent combination of special effects and
plot development which made them the great classics that they are.
Then the prequel trilogy came out...
The prequel movies abandoned plot cohesiveness in favor of creating more opportunities to showcase the computer generated effects which are produced by Lucas' firm, Industrial Light and Magic. Foolish plot holes were created and the overall tempo of the movies was compromised to achieve the goal of more and more special effects scenes.
Most people have been able to simply offer a dismissive sigh, accepting that George Lucas really isn't a very talented screenwriter, and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a script when it's being written. At least we still had the original trilogy, which rests in our memories as great cinema.
That all changed with the release of the new DVD version of the original trilogy. Lucas jumped in with his clumsy editing and rewrote whole sections of these movies so that they could be more like the prequel trilogy. "Modern" CGI effects were inserted into the classic movies in a seemingly random manner, breaking the continuity of the originals into a sick parody of the memories that we all have of these classics.
One of the sadder botched edits done to the first Star Wars movie (now called Star Wars IV: A New Hope) appears to have been done out of political correctness. I guess Lucas now believes that a good guy would never shoot first in a gunfight, so in the bar scene where Greedo confronts Han Solo it appears that Lucas had to make some changes. I remember as a kid watching the original movie at the theater in 1977, and cheered as Han Solo covertly drew his gun under the table and shot Greedo without warning. I was surprised to see this scene edited for the DVD release to show Greedo actually firing first, missing badly from about five feet away before being shot by Han Solo.
Special effects added throughout the movie seemed to do little more than break the flow of the movie in the same manner in which they cripple the prequel trilogy. The worst examples of these edits actually occurred in the final movie, Return of the Jedi, so I won't comment about that here.
I wonder whether this isn't some marketing game, where Lucas expects to make a bundle of money off the badly edited DVD, and then in about 3 years will repackage the whole thing again without the modifications to release a version of the first trilogy that we would all run out and buy. However, much like the whole "New Coke" conspiracy theory, I really don't believe that there is any plan involved in this badly edited product. This is just the final product of the inflated ego of George Lucas, a man who believes that his special effects can make anything better.
If that is the case, then he is badly mistaken. His additional special effects have vandalized a cinema classic.
The one that started it all...
Spunky Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is captured by the evil, satanic bastard known as Darth Vader (body of British weight lifting champion David Prowse, also the same man who trained Christopher Reeve for 1978's "Superman - the Movie"; voice of James Earl Jones) and exposed as a traitor to the evil empire that has enslaved the galaxy and is challenged by a heroic Rebellion. Two of Leia's robots, the hapless C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels) and the handy R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) escape the ship and crash land on the desert wasteland planet known as Tatioone. After being captured by Jawas (Hobbit like people who wear cloaks) and traded to a farmer known as Owen Lars, his wife Beru and their nephew Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill, the future voice of the Joker). Luke is a callow youth who would like nothing more than to leave Tatioone and find adventure in the universe, then he stumbles upon a message in R2 from Leia asking for the help of an Obi-Wan Kenobi, AKA: Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness). Luke doesn't know anyone named Obi-Wan Kenobi but he knows a strange old hermit man named Ben Kenobi but is unaware that Obi-Wan & Ben are the same man. When R2 sneaks off in the night, Luke and 3P0 chase him down in the day and are attacked by Sand People AKA: Tusken Raiders. When the Sand People try to raid Luke's hover-car, they are scared off by Ben Kenobi, who reveals himself to Luke to be Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke tells him that R2 claims to be his property and has a message for him. Obi-Wan checks out the message and we find out that he was once a great Jedi Knight and that he was a friend of Luke's father, the late Anakin Skywalker, who was also a great Jedi Knight but one who, as far as Luke knows died of mysterious circumstances; actually, according to Obi-Wan, Anakin was murdered by O's former pupil, "a young Jedi named Darth Vader." Luke, however, has yet to discover the horrible truth behind it all... well, Luke is later persuaded to help Obi-Wan and study the way of the Force, which is what gives a Jedi his power (it helps that the Imperial Storm Troopers mutilated his aunt and uncle while he was out). Luke, Obi-Wan and the robots head off to Mos Eisly space port where they join forces with rogue pilot Han Solo (Harrison Ford in the role that made him a star) and his wookie companion Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). Though they're supposed to go the planet of Alderaan, they are intercepted by the Death Star, a giant space station orb that blows planets up real good and was responsible for the destroying Alderaan before our heroes could get there. Once on board the Death Star, our heroes rescue Princess Leia and get into all sorts of hijinx that will change their lives forever.
Obi-Wan is tragically killed in a duel with his former student, Darth Vader. In the rousing finale, Luke, Han and Chewbacca become big time heroes for destroying the Death Star. The adventure, however, is only beginning.
Well acted, great special effects in both the original theatrical version and the over done special edition, the classic "Star Wars" trilogy is a masterpiece that, for better or worse, helped usher in the age of the blockbuster. Well acted all around by Mark, Harry (as in Harrison Ford), Carrie, Alec and Peter Cushing (as the other villain), but Ford steals the show as Han Solo, the great Rapscallion of the Universe.
"You're all clear kid now let's blow this thing and go home!" - Han Solo
If there is one thing about my childhood I can be thankful for, it's the
fact that I was a boy between 1977 and 1983. I got to grow up with three of
the most inspirational fantasy films ever made. It all started with Star
Wars Episode IV in 1977.
We all know the story about this battle between the forces of good represented by a fragmented rebel alliance and the forces of evil represented by an intergalactic EMPIRE. And yes, my sister and I had all of the toys, clothes, sleeping bags, trading cards, etc...
Let's just focus this review on the last twenty or so minutes of the film. Perhaps the greatest and most inspiring scenes in film history. I'm talking about the rebel assault on the approaching Death Star.
Who couldn't be moved by a dozen or so tiny ships flying out to face this massive battle station positioning itself to wipe out their entire army tucked away on a little moon. How about the shot of these ships locking their wings in attack position with the giant Death Star looming in front of them?
Some really neat camera shots as the battle begins. The rebels seem to be wreaking some havoc in their concentrated attack, until Darth Vader and some Imperial fighters join the battle. The rebel fighters are searching for a tiny ventilation shaft to drop some "proton torpedoes" into. It seems this is the only vulnerable point on this massive space station. One of the fighters actually gets a good shot at it...
We get a shot from inside the Death Star. Moff Tarkin (played superbly by veteran horror film actor Peter Cushing) is approached by one of his underlings.
"Sir, we've analyzed their attack pattern and there IS a danger. Should we have your shuttle standing by?"
Tarkin's over-confident reply:
"Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!"
The battle rages on. Most of the rebel ships are blown to bits. It looks like Luke Skywalker will be one of them also until...
"You're all clear kid, now let's blow this thing and go home!"
Luke, without the aid of his targeting computer, takes one last shot. The Death Star has the moon with the rebel base in sight...
Luke lets out a sigh of relief as his torpedoes drop down the shaft...
Tarkin gives the order to fire:
"You may fire when ready."
We get a shot of about four remaining rebel ships turning towards home.
We hear a technician inside the Death Star:
We see the gleeful medal ceremony back at the rebel base.
Thank You George Lucas!!!!
I'd give it a million of ten stars if I could.
So sayeth the Hound.
This is without a doubt, the best of the Star Wars Saga. It has endless action, good characters and screen play, special effects and music. It would have really been something if this movie won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1977 but Sci-Fi movies aren't likley to do so. I would have given Harrison Ford an Oscar nomination because he has the best character which practically made the first three great. Alec Guiness is great as Obi Wan Kanobi and receiving a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Peter Cushing in his best role and taking a break from the Hammer horror movies. This is a movie loved by many and is a classic from beginning to end.
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