Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

aka Star Wars

(1977)

Directed by George Lucas

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones

Rating: ******
              6/6

We’re introduced to Darth Vader, one of the greatest cinematic villains.

I saved the original three for last,
With three perfect scores by the way,
The only Trilogy in history with three perfect films
Born in a galaxy far, far away.

They’re three of the greatest films ever made,
Together making over a billion.
Just at the box office. When you look at the merch,
You’ll be staring at hundreds of millions.

They’re movies that helped change Hollywood,
Making it better at first without fail,
Gradually making it more of the same,
Till it got flat, predictable and stale.

All three films get a six out of six.
I’ll give you that info upfront.
That will explain why they get such high marks,
Why they get a homerun with each bunt.

Let’s begin with the story. It was well thought out,
Planned carefully over a number of years.
It had a long backstory to flesh out the characters,
A foundation of strength it appears.

The backstory was so extensive, in fact,
That it was the basis for three movies later.
Such preliminary work was done on the scripts
That it made these three films even greater.

The direction focused on telling the story,
And in giving the audience a sense of wonder.
We look and say wow because what we see
Intrigues us and makes us feel younger.

Luke Skywalker starts learning about The Force.

This first movie is more slow-paced
Compared to the films of today,
Because it took the time to introduce
The people, the creatures, the politics, the galaxy,
And built up our interest this way,

So that when something happens to the character,
We know them and so we care.
It carries a dramatic importance,
And with it an emotional flair.

The first film begins with two robots,
Or ‘droids, as the locals describe them,
C3PO and R2D2,
But the soldiers on their spaceship run by them.

They’re not considered important until
The smaller one is giving it a quest.
The two droids escape in an empty pod
While the whole crew is placed under arrest.

The Empire has taken over the ship,
What they are is gradually explained,
So that by the end of the very last film
You’ll have a good picture in your brain.

We find these things out in the movies
By following various characters,
Hearing what they see and seeing what they see,
And in return we get a sense of their characters.

The orchestral score really brings out the best
Of all of the acting and visuals.
Composer John Williams delivered his best,
Resulting in years of residuals.

The special effects, years ahead of their time,
Still do not cease to amaze.
The visual effects, in their infancy,
Will keep your mind going for days.

Han Solo and Chewbacca are close friends and business partners.

The one thing that brought all this together,
The one thing that made it all work,
Was the editing, which combined everything
From the sounds, to the light to Ben Burtt.

Ben’s job was creating all new sounds
That don’t naturally exist in our world.
These gave these movies an authenticity
And made us believe in their world.

Star Wars was a movie that amazed the whole world,
And still amazes us now.
A six out of six is what I give it.
I think I’ll watch Star Wars now.

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