Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

New review, 2018.

Star Wars is buoyed by its own inherent wonder, with exotic milieus and imagery, including alien life forms and technological curiosities. It’s immensely watchable.

The opening scene of a star ship overshadowing a small freighter ship and the desert planet below it. Tatooine’s vast, mind boggling desert plains. The homestead which seems in the middle of nowhere, where a sand crawler rests. Coming out of the sand crawler, scavenging Jawas ply their latest products and goods to human, farm-loving inhabitants. Deeper into the planet, a cantina with a myriad of aliens and peculiarities. And these are just the beginning. Then there’s getting vacuumed into a battle station in the reaches of dark space, with iron-clad stormtroopers waiting for your arrival.

Even so, the images don’t take over the story, but as written and directed by George Lucas, Star Wars has a sense of flipping through a cinematic comic book that plays out before our eyes. But in this form, a story is still palatable.

Not a masterpiece however, as it should centre us more than it does, but most of all has central characters and roles that are perfectly formed, the three central roles coming together in the end to remind us how much they jelled in our hearts. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia, which without them, Star Wars wouldn’t be the same. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher carry their respective roles winningly, and supporting them in the roles of Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C3-PO and R2-D2, makes for a stunning combination that makes Star Wars iconic, even unrivalled.

9.0/10.0


Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope (1977; Remastered version 1997) Fantasy, science fiction, action, blockbuster. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher. Writer/Director: George Lucas.

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