Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Encore Review 4

“Mos Eisley spaceport: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” – Ben Kenobi

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, 18 Apr 2017 and 7 Jun 2018)

Link to original review – Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – A young farmboy gets pulled into a Galactic rebellion when he acquires two droids carrying secret plans to the enemies super weapon.

My Take on it – This is one of the films that I’ve probably seen the most times in my life and each time I see it, I’m amazed that there are always new and exciting things to discover when viewing it.

The banter between R2D2 and C-3PO is so comical that it works so well to help establish those iconic characters as the best of friends despite being droids.

The story is told in such a unique way and it works so well that it has been copies so many times over the years by many other films to a lesser degree of success.

The cast is superb and the trio of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford all became household names due entirely to their performances in this film.

I love Alec Guinness in the mentor role and even though some of his scenes seems quite hilarious being done by an actor of his caliber, they still work quite well overall here.

The special effects of this film were groundbreaking for its time and still look great even after 41 years where the effects crews have been able to improve their techniques and craft to much higher levels.

The music by John Williams is amazing and has become so iconic.

On a personal note, I can listen to the score of this film over and over and never get tired of it because it is such an inspirational score for me.

Can’t wait to see this film again soon….

Bottom Line – Amazing film that gets better and better every time I see it. The banter between R2D2 and C-3PO is always enjoyable to listen to. The way that the story is played out works so well and it remains such a classic premise that has been copied so often to a lesser effect.  Great cast led by largely unknown actors at the time have become so iconic in these roles and have thrilled generations over the 41 years since the film debuted. Guinness is great as the mentor figure and even though some of his scenes seem a bit weird, they still help keep the story moving along throughout. The special effects are superbly done and were extremely groundbreaking at the time and still hold up quite well even with 4 decades of new effects being created ever since.  Music by Williams still remains so powerful and iconic and I can listen to it over and over without getting bored of it. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Prior to the film’s release, George Lucas showed an early cut of the film to a group of his film director friends. Most, including Lucas himself, felt the film would be a flop; Brian De Palma reportedly called it the “worst movie ever.” The only dissenter was Steven Spielberg, who correctly predicted the film would make millions of dollars. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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