Thursday, December 17, 2015

Star Wars Revisited: Episode 4- A New Hope


The one that started it all was full of iconic images, great characters, awe-inspiring special effects, and engaging drama. From C-3PO and R2-D2 escaping the spaceship in the ejector pod to Darth Vader striding aboard to capture Princess Leia, the beginning is immediately engaging. We are transported to the wide landscape of Tatooine where we encounter our hero, Luke Skywalker, played by a youthful Mark Hamill. It will be so cool to see him come full circle and take up the mantel that Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Alec Guinness.

Tatooine is full of awesome scenes, Mos Eisley spaceport with the cantina. I still love to hear that music. They tried to mimic in episode two right after the speeder chase, but it wasn't the same. That's we get a first glimpse of what a lightsaber can actually do. 

Han Solo, Harrison Ford's iconic character, shoots Greedo and in the updated version, he debates his debt with Jabba the Hutt. There is even a cameo of the bounty hunter Boba Fett, son of Jango. The Millennium Falcon is an awesome ship, I'm glad it will be back in action. 

The whole escape plot is simple and fun at the same time. This film doesn't get bogged down in political dealings and strange prophesies. There is some mention of the force but it remains mostly a mystery. The one lightsaber battle looks silly now but I'm sure in 1977, Darth Vader's red versus Obi-Wan's blue looked pretty fucking amazing. I bet it was also crazy that they started with the fourth one with no idea what came before, just something. 

Princess Leia's quick thinking and witty retorts adds a necessary female presence to the ragtag team while serving as the attractive lead simultaneously. The garbage chute scene is very cool and that one eyed beast used to give me nightmares. George Lucas is a very creative man. Chewbacca is another great creation. I wish that species was real and I could befriend one. Though Chewie doesn't have single understandable line, he displays emotion and develops a depth of character speaking characters don't often find.

Finally there is the awesome space battle, X-wings soaring down on the Death Star chased by Tie Fighters. Han comes in to save the day and Luke fires the destructive shot with the help of a disembodied voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the force. It's an awesome movie and began this phenomenon. Looking forward to seeing it continue! 

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