Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
US Theatrical: May 25, 1977

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said at 12:04 PM on Mon Jan 2 2017
Despite being the fourth in the "Star Wars" movie, this is nonetheless still the original movie that started the whole craze for George Lucas's wildly imaginative galaxy "far, far away." Although some of its faults creak at the cracks, what ultimately holds the picture together is the tight editing and fast, roller-coaster pace.

That and of course the characters, action sequences, and mythology are still as resonant today as they were back in 1977. The climactic Death Star Trench battle is as exciting and thrilling as it was the first time, especially on the big screen. It's also hard to imagine a better cast trio for the heroes other than Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and the recently passed Carrie Fisher -- all of who fit into their roles as Luke, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, seamlessly. Despite Lucas' lack of patience with directing actors, all three take their roles and infuse them with gusto, making them full of life. Alec Guinness, despite supposedly having issues with the dialogue, makes Obi-Wan Kenobi a very iconic character indeed, and of course James Earl Jones' foreboding voice as Darth Vader is as chilling as ever.

Despite its status as a pop culture phenomenon, "Star Wars", or should I say "A New Hope" has undergone some controversy over the years, particularly with Lucas's choices to alter the movie somewhat (in addition to its sequels) -- mostly in the form of adding in additional visual effects -- while failing to make the original uncut version available to fans. This atmosphere has unfortunately ballooned to extreme over the years which has somewhat tainted for many an iconic film. To be fair, though, some of the additions in this movie aren't as bad as made out to be. The additional shots of the Death Star battle are actually more exciting and even improve on some of the faulty glitches from the original, and the added in scene with Jabba the Hutt also ties into the events of the later movies well (even though the computer generate Jabba -- at least in the first attempt of the "Star Wars Special Edition" -- did look rough compared to his "Jedi" counterpart). On the flipside, some of the added in creatures for the Mos Eisley scene are too distractingly goofy, and while I wasn't as offended by the whole "Han/Greedo shoots first" thing, I do think it wasn't really necessary.

Despite all this, "Star Wars: A New Hope" is still great fun regardless of whichever edition you see first.
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