Monday, December 11, 2017


Now we have Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope the one that started it all. When this movie was released in 1977 it took the world by storm. There was nothing like this movie before. It changed the way blockbuster movies are made and it influenced the movie-going world like no film I think I've ever seen in my life. All Star Wars fans adore this movie and I am no different. This review will contain SPOILERS.    The movie starts off with one of the best opening shots of all time where you're in space and it pans slowly to the massive imperial star destroyer chasing after the rebel ship. One of the big figures of the Rebel Alliance Princess Leia is captured by the Empire and she currently has in her possession the planes for The Death Star the ultimate super weapon for the Galactic Empire. Darth Vader is trying to get these plans out of her Leia refuses and hides the plans in the droid R2-D2.  R2-D2 and C3-PO are placed inside of an escape pod and they land on desert planet Tatooine.    The droids are bought by our main hero Luke Skywalker. Luke is probably the most iconic hero in film history.  While he is cleaning the droids he discovers Leia saying "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi you're my only hope.  So Luke is trying to figure out who this Obi-Wan Kenobi is the name sounds similar to this old hermit that lives on Tatooine. R2-D2 leaves to go find Obi-Wan Kenobi. Luke and C3-PO go out looking for R2-D2 and they run into the old hermit Ben Kenobi who reveals himself as the former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.  He tells Luke all about the history of Jedi and the Sith and how his old pupil Darth Vader turned to the dark side and tells him that Darth Vader killed his father.  Back in 1977 people had no idea that Vader was really Luke's father. It's not hinted at at all.  So if you are watching these in order it probably doesn't have the emotional impact that Empire Strikes Back had in 1980. Obi-Wan gives Luke his father's lightsaber. Luke tries to play with it for a bit. He tells Obi-Wan that he can't get involved. So they go back to Luke's home and they discover that stormtroopers have torched the place and his Aunt and Uncle have been killed.    This leads to Luke deciding to join Obi-Wan to save the princess and take on the Empire. Before they can get to Leia's home planet to deliver R2-D2 they go to Mos Eisley Space Port to find a pilot. As they try to get into the spaceport the sandtroopers stop them Obi-Wan uses a Jedi mind trick and they continue on their way. They get to the Mos Eisley cantina and you get besides the Imperial March and the main theme the most iconic Star Wars music. I love this scene so much not only because of the music and the characters we are introduced to, but it shows what went into making this movie all of the alien species that we see are all real puppets and all real practical effects and it still looks good to this today. Something I love about the original trilogy is that most of it doesn't seem dated there is some stuff in Return of the Jedi, but I'll get to that later.  This is where we meet Han Solo and Chewbacca to of the most iconic Star Wars characters of all time. Han agrees to bring Luke and Obi-Wan to Alderaan on his ship The Millennium Falcon. Then Han is confronted by a bounty hunter named Greedo to collect the bounty that he has with Jabba the Hut and Han kills him.    We're back on the Death Star and Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin are confronting Leia trying to get information out of her about where the hidden Rebel base is. Leia gives them a location, but it turns out that base has been abandon, so as a result, the Death Star blows up Leia's home planet of Alderaan. This is a very impressive scene especially for 1977 when this was done. As the Millennium Falcon is flying towards Alderaan they notice that it is not there. Then they get pulled into the Death Star by the tractor beam. They take out some stormtroopers and Luke and Han impersonate them to infiltrate the Death Star and save the princess. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan goes off to try to deactivate the tractor beam. Luke and Han sneak through the Death Star and they eventually save Princess Leia. We get some great scenes where these three are trying to escape that are just iconic. The one that stands out most, in my opinion, is the scene in the trash compactor I love this scene so much it's filled with tension and it is always fun to watch.    Eventually, we get the lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader.  It serves its purpose, but I would put it as the weakest in the original trilogy. There is some great dialogue between the two. While Luke is watching Obi-Wan looks over at him and Vader cuts him down. They flee on the Falcon to the Rebel base on Yavin. We learn that the Empire has put a tracking device on them so they can find out where the Rebels base is. Once they get to the Rebel base we learn the Death Star's hidden weakness and they make a plan of attack.  A fleet of X-wings is sent to take out the Death Star and Luke is put on that fleet. Han decides that he is going to leave. Luke and R2-D2 get in the X-wing and they try to destroy the Death Star in the Battle of Yavin and I love this so much.  The music in this scene is great and there is plenty of suspense. Luke ends up being one of the only guys left Obi-Wan calls to him through the force. Luke turns off his targeting computer closes his eyes uses the force and fires the two blast into the exhaust port of the Death Star and it blows up. Han comes back shoots Vader's ship and he is sent into space. You see a close up of Tarkin realizing that he is about to die before the Death Star explode. Then we get to the ending throne room scene where Luke and Han are given medals by Princess Leia and everyone is happy, but you know that the Empire is still out there.    So I went through the plot details and what I love about this movie so let's get into a little more about what I love. First, off the plot, this plot has probably been paid tribute the most in any form of entertainment. A New Hope is one of the most recognizable and iconic plots of all time and I don't have any complaints about it. It is a spectacular movie story-wise and Gorge Lucas really knew what he was doing when he made this. The characters are just as great as the story Luke, Han, Leia, C3-PO, R2-D2, Chewy, Obi-Wan, Vader, and Tarkin there are so many great characters in this movie and I love every one of them. The soundtrack is some of the most iconic music in film history. I do think the Empire Strikes Back soundtrack is the best of the series, but this is a close second. The special effects were revolutionary and it still looks amazing after 40 years. This film is a masterpiece. I'm going to give Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope 5 out of 5 stars.

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