Star Wars Episode 4 - A New Hope
This is what we've been waiting for in our Star Wars review project, the original trilogy! Alex has a few words for us about spoilers:
Are they really spoilers if everything on the planet has referenced them? Yes. Ten Thousand people each day experience something for the first time when told about it. So don’t ruin it for them, just pay it forward. By the way, Spoilers.
I've made no secret of the fact that the original trilogy is what Star Wars is all about for me. I was eight years old when this film was released in theaters so I grew up with Star Wars. My cousin and I would always play Star Wars when we got together. There was a playground right by my grandparent's house and we would hang out on a large wooden climbing apparatus (these were the seventies and early eighties) and he would always be Han Solo and I was always Princess Leia. Of course, we skipped any of the romantic stuff and just focused on the adventures. I didn't realize it at the time, but Leia was a different kind of princess than the usual stereotype. She was a strong and somewhat feisty heroine with a mind of her own. Cool that I had her as a role model!
I've seen this film a few times in my life, but it has been at least a decade since I sat down and watched it all the way through. It was fun to watch and it felt like reliving a bit of my childhood. Man, I've always loved Harrison Ford as Han Solo and as a grown woman, I appreciate him even more in this role. LOL! He really makes the movie with his attitude. This story is definitely a hero's journey and Luke is at the center. He's just a little too whiny at first though but thankfully, that improves as the film progresses.
One thing my husband pointed out to me as we watched this film is the beat up and unpolished look of the droids - especially C3PO and R2D2. He said he always love the authenticity of that touch and felt like it made it all so much more real to him. When you see them all shiny and polished at the end as a reward for their heroic efforts, it does make a great statement.
This film created a new universe and something that has lasted and even grown with time. It's an unusual world, but very creative and entertaining. I enjoyed this movie so much this time around and I have to admit that the prequels do fit in well with the original story line overall. Still, I'm not sure I needed them.
One of the most powerful parts of this movie is the soundtrack. The music is actually quite moving and beautiful in many parts and the dark and light sides of the force are so well represented by the instrumentals. The American Film Institute's list of best film scores ranks the Star Wars soundtrack at number one. I totally agree! (wikipedia)
I give this film 9 out of 10 for my ranking. It's not perfect, but it's pretty dang close! And I totally agree with Alex on the changes Lucas made, but I'll let him tell you about that...
Here's Alex's review:
May Four Stars Be with Us
Episode IV: A True Hope.
This is the Star Wars Film. If you wanted to know what this series was all about, look no further. That said, I only have a few problems.
Huge praise to Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan, who managed to make the most memorable mentor character in Sci-Fi. The duel between him and Vader, is OK. I guess. That’s not what we’re focusing on all movie, but it still seems a little wooden.
Also, the movie can’t make its mind up about who is the main bad guy. This isn’t a bad problem to have, I just thought it merited notice.
Finally, there are a few plot issues, which can be attributed to the early drafts of the script, and the need for a climax. That’s about it.
This film doesn’t need more stuff to review. Correction: It didn’t need more to review, then George changed the movie. Who does that? Any rate, there’s an extra section below now.
Review of the Special Edition.
The new sequences are CGI-laden, and meant to take the film to a plot pacing more akin to modern story telling. This adds on a scene with Jabba, now in CG for your convenience, as well as several other creatures that shouldn’t be on screen.
Most notable, however, is the Han and Greedo fight. This reviewer’s edit had them shooting at the same time. That’s not how it should be. Harrison Ford even says he shot first. End of story, na-na-na-na, hey-hey, goodbye.
(Though I laughed on hearing a Stormtrooper hit his head on the door. Classic blooper.)
The Force is strong with:
It’s perfect. The actors hit every mark in just the right way to breathe new life into characters. Harrison Ford as Han Solo stands out, as does the aforementioned Alec Guinness. To say more is to waste words.
Here are a few of my favorites:
• Upon hearing Han blowing smoke through his lips about the Kessel Run, and claiming a parasec is a unit of time, Obi-wan makes this face that spells out the lie Han’s trying to pull over his eyes.
• Han’s general Sarcasm. (“What an interesting smell you’ve discovered!” in particular.)
• Leia is the strongest female role model I have encountered. Let my Daughters be Leia, rather than Padme. Let them never be shallow clichés.
• The entire Attack on the Death Star sequence.
• Vader. This is the person who stands out among the whole story as the main villain, at least as we know it.
The Dark Side lurks within:
Too many CGI Character add-ons AKA George’s attempt to shill product to a young audience.
GREEDO WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO DRAWING HIS BLASTER.
Thanks. This really grinds my gears.
So the characters know they’re being tracked, and they go to the rebel base anyway. That is somewhat stupid on their end. Especially if they still go after Leia has pointed it out. Can they not lose them in a different area or something?
Jabba’s conversation with Han is not needed. Just let it be implied. That’s why you made two other movies, right?
The Jedi Says:
“This was everything we hoped it to be. With luck, its legacy will continue on for generations. May the force always be with us.” –Obi-Wan
OUR MOMENT OF TRIUMPH (9/10)
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