MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2020 (#12 of 47) – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) – Encore Review 6


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #12 of the 47.

Let’s continue with… Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” – Ben Obi-Won Kenobi

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this movie for the first time in theater on a re-release in ’82 when I was 8.

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, 7 Jun 2018, 20 May 2019 and 7 Jan 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A pair of droids are sent on a mission to deliver stolen secret plans of a deadly battle station to a former General in hiding on a desert planet.

My Take on it – This is the film that got me hooked on Star Wars from a very young age.

I watched this film in the theater twice when it was re-released in ’82 and then when it debuted on cable later that year, I would watch it whenever I could on HBO since it was virtually on a never ending loop.

The story is so fascinating to watch and even after seeing it dozens of times (who truly knows?), I know it by heart.

My good friend Jay from Life Vs Film recently that I listen to the Star Wars Minute Podcast and I was immediately hooked.

This podcast which started in 2013 discusses each and every minute of this film in a very enjoyable and interesting way.

Over the past two weeks, I binged listened to the 122 episodes of this podcast and finished the first film quite quickly.

Pete the Retailer and Alex Robinson do a wonderful job discussing the film and for geeks like me who know the film by heart, this podcast is a pure treasure because they point out and discuss so many obscure things; some that I was aware of and others that were new even to me.

Before listening to this podcast, I thought I knew just about everything about this movie, but they and their guests are able to really get into the guts of the film and find things that no one would normally notice on a casual watch.

After rewatching this film following their insights, I gained a whole new and deeper understanding of a film that its probably my #2 most watched film in my life (Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi (1983) will probably always hold the #1 spot).

Some of their insights have to do with minor characters and it was great watching this after hearing their thoughts on Pete the Jawa, Pol Treidum and of course Porkins and even John D and his dark past with Princess Leia.

Their discussions are only using the original cut of the film, so after not having seen it in over 23 years, I found a copy of the original to watch in order to be completely in sync with the podcast and it brought back so many great memories of a long time ago.. in a galaxy far far away.

I know I still have a lot of catching up to do (They are currently discussing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) on a daily basis), but I’m looking forward to reaching a point within a few months where I can listen to them as they debut new shows every day.

I immediately started Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and plan to wait to rewatch it until after finishing that section of the podcast episodes.

Great work guys!

The music in this film works so well in creating an other worldly atmosphere and proves how great an artist John Williams is.

The cast of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill was a superb choice especially given the fact that they were all unknown at time that this was made.

The special effects are ground breaking and helped pave the way for the technology that are used in films today which is so mind blowing to even think about.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The actors found George Lucas to be very uncommunicative towards them, with his only directions generally being either “faster” or “more intense”. At one point, when he temporarily lost his voice, the crew provided him with a board with just those two phrases written on it. (From IMDB)

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

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