Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Encore Review 3


“We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life. ” – C-3PO

Number of Times Seen – At least 30 times, if not more (twice in Theater in 1982, cable, video, DVD, Special Edition in theater in 1997, 19 Jan 2014, 5 Mar 2015, 20 Sep 2015 and 18 Apr 2017)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – After escaping a space battle, two droids are stranded on a desert planet with secret plans to the enemy’s new weapon and must find a way to get them to the Rebellion.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve seen so many times over the last 35 years that it”s so incredibly hard to discuss without spoiling anything for the handful of people who have never seen or heard of it.

This time around, I watched this film back-to-back with Rogue One: a Star Wars Story (2016) which was able to add so many insightful ideas to this film despite knowing it almost entirely by heart.

I was enlightened by the way the stories merge together so well despite being released four decades apart and it adds so much to the way that the storyline is seen.

This film still is able to stand up and be viewed as one of the best sci-fi films ever made despite the fact that the effects are 40 years old.

It never loses any of its excitement and it doesn’t matter how many times one watch=es this film, there are always new and exciting aspects that one can notice during each and every rewatch.

The lead characters played by Harrison Ford, mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all so entrenched in history that it’s hard for most people now a days to even think of a time when those three actors were unknown, yet they still remain one of the most effective uses of unknown actors who have found stardom together in one film.

The story is still extremely captivating and despite having just watched it, I can’t wait to watch it again and again.

Bottom Line – So much more insightful after having seen Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) three times.  Watching them back-to-back was an enlightening experience and adds so much to the storyline. This films still stands up excellently after 40 years and doesn’t lose a bit of its entertainment value in those years.  The lead cast of Ford, Hamill and Fisher is quite iconic and remains one of films best group of unknown actors who all made it big together over the years.  The story is quite captivating and despite having seen this film more than 30 times, it still allows for new insights each and every time. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  According to Harrison Ford, during the making of the film, he and Mark Hamill would usually fool around and not commit to their work whenever Alec Guinness was not on set. When Guinness was on set, they behaved much more professionally. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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