aka: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness
The force will be with you
An intergalactic war is going on between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire. The Empire is in the possession of a big and powerful ship called The Death Star. The courageous Princess Leia has been able to get her hands on the plans of the Death Star, but is quickly captured by Darth Vader and kept captive.
Before she was kidnapped, she was able to put the plans and a holographic message in a droid called R2-D2. The droid ends up in he hands of the young Luke Skywalker who sees the message and requests help from the Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. This message is the start of a new life for the young Skywalker who is about to become an important brick in the galactic Star Wars.
Star Wars… what can possibly be said about a science fiction film that would go on to be one of the most loved films of all time and set a new standard for popcorn films to follow. There is no denying the impact that the original trilogy would have on both cinema and people. It definitely changed the lives of not only aspiring filmmakers but also fans, who still will hold these films close to their hearts 35 years later.
I have never had that close relationship with the Star Wars universe. I didn’t see the films at a young age and my first real experience with them was when I saw The Phantom Menace in cinema, an experience that didn’t make me want to seek out the original trilogy. I’m sure I missed out on not seeing this at a younger age, but even as an adult it is easy to “lose yourself” in the universe that was created in these films.
And the universe of Star Wars is what set this apart from the other science fiction film of both past and present. The story in this film isn’t exactly fleshed out, it’s a simple good vs. bad premise with alien characters that we just buy because it is so detailed and believable. They were able to create a magical world that are very easy to get excited about. And while the effects were groundbreaking at the time, this film wasn’t some high budget production that the studios had massive belief in. It wasn’t low budget either, but it can’t compare to stuff like Avatar and Lord of the Rings from later years when it comes to studio backing. I still think that most of the effects and set pieces still hold up very well today, some even more than what we saw in some of the films from the newer trilogy fifteen years ago.
The acting won’t impress cinephiles very much, but their characters aren’t meant to be very fleshed out. We have the young, aspiring Jedi in Luke Skywalker who is played by Mark Hamill, the arrogant and cocky space “cowboy” Han Solo played by Harrison Ford and the lovely Carrie Fisher as the very tough and brave Princess Leia. I think her character stands out the most, cause even if Ripley from the Alien saga gets a lot of credit for being one of the first tough leading female character on the big screen, Leia isn’t exactly a… princess either. She gets down and dirty and is right in the middle of the action for the entire film. I guess you could say that a princess should be more valuable and kept away from danger at all cost, but it works since it is very refreshing to have a princess that isn’t just there for eyecandy, especially when it’s made back in the 70’s. It’s also always nice to see Peter Cushing in a film and the only thing this film is missing in cast is to have Christopher Lee pop up somewhere (he would later be a part of the newer trilogy).
The man behind it all was of course George Lucas. He had finished the teen comedy American Graffiti before starting to work on Star Wars and this film would of course change his life forever as well. He is disliked for some of his actions later on, including tampering with the original trilogy and also delivering a new trilogy that some fans didn’t care much for, but any fan of Star Wars should praise him for what he delivered with this film. After all, no Lucas, no Star Wars.
Star Wars will forever have a special place in the hearts of science fiction fans and it has secured its rights in cinema history. Is it a perfect film? Not by any chance. There isn’t that much of a story being told, the characters are cliché good and bad guys, but it is such a fun universe to get dragged into that you will overlook that while watching it. If you want your children to become fond of movies then show this to them at a young age, it is most likely to leave a marking impression on them just like it did with our generation.