Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope Review

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THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

       George Lucas’s genre-transcending pop culture icon is the film that like many, introduced me to what film is , what it can make you feel, how deep a connection you can forge with it, and how it can affect your life so much. As I grew up, my father showed me the original trilogy before taking me to watch the prequels in the theaters, and since them I was hooked, I bought the Lego Star Wars Games, the toys, I watched the Genndy Tartovsky cartoon mini-series, and I drew Yoda Adventures comic books, I was officially hooked on Star Wars growing up and upon revisiting Episode II and III a bit older, I noticed the clear distinction between the beauty of the Original Trilogy and the Sub-par prequels, which led me to wonder if they would ever develop another real Star Wars film ever again, and now as 12:00 AM approaches, I anxiously await the resurrection of Lucas’s space-fantasy film that began with A New Hope. 

        George Lucas’s original Star Wars is truly everything you can wish for, a fun space adventure fantasy epic revolving around our main hero, Luke, and his well-written buddies who are all equally undergoing some sort of character transformation. What is arguably one of the most original films ever made, from the get-go we’re know this is something unfamiliar as the first characters we see on screen our two eccentric robots in the midst of war. From here we meet the amazing Princess Leia, who apart from being a beautiful woman is also a bad-ass who people simply respect and never question her actions or her sex (proving the amazing writing by Lucas at the time). But, from the vast space we’re quickly transported to the vast dunes of Tatooine where we finally meet our protagonist, Luke Skywalker. The perfect cinematic hero starts off as a bit whiny, but this is part of the hero’s journey which fully pays off at the end of Return of the Jedi. From here we get some of the best movie exposition as Ben Kenobi tells Luke stories from his young years and what this universe really is, but Alec Guinness does this in such an engaging and perfect story-telling mode that you are captivated by every word that comes out of his mouth. Which is followed by the famous Cantina Scene.

       The fantastically placed Cantina Scene serves as a reminder that you are in a whole new world and even though Guinness just told you about what this place is, you’re still in an alien planet surrounded by aliens. Which is when we’re introduced to space smuggler Han Solo and his alien partner, the Wookie Chewbacca. From here, the movie really picks up as our main characters go save Princess Leia and we’re treated with some of the most memorable moments in film history. And so I just don’t type up the whole story, I will now withdraw from narrating it to you guys just by mentioning the end sequence as being one of my favorite or my favorite ending to any movie. In conclusion, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope is one of those near perfect films that has engrained itself into our pop culture due to its original story, incredible character development, brilliant score, sound design, effects, acting , leading me to rank it a 99 out of 100.

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