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

While watching the Blu-Ray release of the first Star Wars movie any of us ever saw, I thought to myself “Man, I must have really grown as a film watcher, or the Blu-Ray detail is so amazing, because there is so many little things that I never noticed before.”  However, since director and inventor of the Star Wars franchise George Lucas has altered so many of his own movies to whatever current technology allows, I’ll never know if they were actually there before or if Lucas just changed shit up on me and you.  He has changed our memories.

Okay, so this is Star Wars, I really shouldn’t have to introduce it or talk about the plot synopsis or anything.  If you haven’t seen it, get your shit together.  It is easily one of the Top Five most influential movies of all time.  It’s not perfect, but it is a wonderful movie, an engaging ride, the start of every nerd’s “someone else out there understands me” thought, or something.  It’s fucking Star Wars!

Most of the re-watching for me is to see how well the Prequel Trilogy actually plays into the Original Trilogy, and all the unintentional awkwardness that is going to happen.  As a kid watching it, I must have glazed over the earlier scenes about the Imperial Senate and such, but re-watching it makes me impressed about all that political stuff in the Prequels meaning something more.

Some details in the tales Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) tells Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) about Luke’s father are intriguingly off, but not off-puttingly so.  As are all interactions of Kenobi with the droids R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C3-P0 (Anthony Daniels).  Come on, Obi-Wan interacted with Artoo through three previous movies, and Threepio partially through two, it’s either a sign of dementia or playfulness or maybe just all part of a plan.

Either way, whatever the reasons, it’s Star Wars dammit, and while it may not be perfect, and it may be changed forevermore from what we remember, it’s changed the world in many great ways.

4.5 / 5


About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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