Saturday, April 26, 2008

Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) PG - 5 Stars

I decided to go on a little Star Wars journey so I could stay "up" on where Luke and his gang go from here. Over a week, I watched 4 of these movies sine they are all suppose to tie in and complete the story.

When this original Star Wars first came out in 1977, there was nothing like it on the movie scene. I think that's what made it such a great movie too. Special effects unlike movies had known before, which gave you the feeling of time travel and fighting "evil" for the sake of "good". Of course, the original seems to always be the best and in this case, it's no exception with timeless remarks like "May the force be with you . It could also be, the older I get (and living reality) perhaps the less impressed with the story line I've become. I did also liked The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983) and I'm just not sure what sort of time frame they fit into the trilogy. Each movie can be watched on it's own and still be enjoyable.

A long time ago, in a galaxy, far far away, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) the rebel leader of her planet is being held by the evil Empire and its enforcer Darth Vader (David Prowse). Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), along with the droids C3PO and R2D2 are sent on a mission to rescue her. We are introduced to the great characters that have surpassed time also including Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness).

Princess Leia sends a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi asking for help. When Ben rescues Luke from the sand people, he tells him his father was a great Jedi. He also explains "the force" to him and how it captures and surrounds everyone. He tells how he must help free Princess Leia and follow in the footsteps of his father becoming the next great Jeti warrior.

Awards include:

1977 - Star Wars - Los Angeles Film Critics Association - Best Music Score
1977 - Star Wars - Los Angeles Film Critics Association - Best Picture
1998 - Star Wars - American Film Institute - 100 Greatest American Movies

Lucasfilm Ltd.
Director: George Lucas
Writers: Ben Burtt, George Lucas
Producer: Gary Kurtz
I watched 9/07

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