Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) review
This really great start to the beloved and ever-famous franchise is actually a very exciting, interesting, and well-crafted sci-fi film with a lot of interesting perks to it.
PLOT:A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a great war was going on between the all-powerful Imperial empire and a group of rebels bent on keeping their freedom. Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) of Aalderon escapes to the Death Star, a great space station that can destroy planets whole, to stand up for the rebel forces. Leading this station is the evil Sith lord, Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones). Leia manages to send out a cry for help and the space station's blueprints within droid R2-D2 (Kenny Baker). Accompanied by his counterpart, C-3P0 (Anthony Daniels), the two escape to sandy planet Tatooine where they are captured then bought by young Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and his family. While cleaning the droids, Luke finds Leia's cry for help to old Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi, a.k.a. old Ben Kenobi (Alec Guinness). After the Imperial forces land and slaughter Luke's family, Luke decides to join Ben and become a Jedi warrior like his father was. In looking for a transport, the two stumble upon in-debt Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his friend, the Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew). In the great ship Millennium Falcon, the group head out on a mission to rescue the princess, protect the rebels, and crush the empire. It's an excellent plot executed greatly.
ACTING:The acting in this film was very top-notch. The best performances had to be mainly from James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi, and Anthony Daniels as C-3P0. Every performance in the film is excellent, but these are the few that really convinced me. David Prowse also played a good job as the suit stand-in for Darth Vader. Aside from these I just mentioned previously, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin were also pretty good.
SCORE:The score in here is excellently done by the great John Williams. The themes in this film score have become well known, memorable, and very greatly composed, from the main title to Mos Eisley to the end title. I really enjoyed Williams' compositions in this film.
EFFECTS:The effects in this film (aside from the extras added in the trilogy edition) were really great for their time. The costumes, droids, and creatures all looked fairly real and creatively new.The original Star Wars effects were excellently done. for the time, from saber to blaster, and were more authentic then the added effects. The effects added in the trilogy edition were pretty cool, but threw me off. It didn't feel as original. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the effects.
OTHER CONTENT:This sci-fi classic is more than just a blockbuster sci-fi flick with loads of new and creative action; it's also an excellent story with thought-out twists and turns and great performances. I loved almost every part about this film except for the interruption by the unoriginal trilogy scenes. I enjoyed watching them, but they didn't go with the flow of the original film. I prefer the authenticity of the original. Either way, this is a wonderfully crafted sci-fi.
OVERALL,an awesome sci-fi with an excellent plot, top-notch acting, excellent score, really great effects, a lot of action, an excellent story, and great performances all around, but the trilogy edition interrupts the authentic feel of the original's flow.