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Monday, May 04, 2015

Movie Review For Star Wars:A New Hope

Happy Star Wars Day.

Premise:A young man, a pair of droids, and more are lead to fight the Empire.

Cast:Mark Hamil as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Alec Guinness as Ben Kenobi, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Kenny Baker as R2-D2, full cast can be found here.

Director:George Lucas

MPAA Rating:PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language

Genres:Sci-fi/fantasy, action/adventure

Notes:First film in the original trilogy. Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good characters. Sets up an interesting universe.

Cons:Villains are clueless. A couple of minor issues.

At this point, I'd be shocked if you haven't heard of this. With a movie like this, it's tempting to say "It's Star Wars. Enough said." But I wouldn't be a very good reviewer if I did that, now would I?

Most of the characters are pretty interesting, if a little cliché by now. You've got Luke Skywalker, the young hero who doesn't know much yet, the willful and loyal Princess Leia, the nervous C-3PO, who's really not cut out for this action/adventure gig, and Han, the rogue who's in it for the money. A weak spot is the incompetent villains. The main ones are fine (Darth Vader is remembered as one of the best villains in cinema, though he shows that more in the next film), but the Stormtroopers are negligent and can't aim at all. It's amazing the Empire got to be as big and menacing as it did with its terrible officers.

Overall, it is a good start to the universe we all know. If you haven't seen it recently (or at all), I would recommend you give it a watch.

Sex:A man and a woman bicker, though the former admits he's starting to like the latter. In a blink-and-miss-it moment, a woman kisses a man for luck.

Violence:Energy weapons are used a lot, and there are plenty of explosions (some of them very large and devastating).  Dog fights result in both. The big space station, the Death Star, has the weapons to destroy a planet.
Leia is captured and tortured (offscreen) for information. Stormtroopers lay waste to some settlements (also offscreen) and leave the remains of the inhabitants out in the open. An alien monster drags someone underwater. Han is cornered by a bounty hunter, and the end result is one death (the body is shown onscreen). A barbaric alien attacks Luke and knocks him out. People are thrown into a compactor that threatens to crush them.
Guards are stunned and killed. Darth Vader uses the force to choke two men (which is fatal in one case) and kills someone else with his lightsaber (the body just disappears). Someone loses an arm, with the disembodied limb is shown on the floor. A guy threatens Luke and tosses him into a table. A droid is stunned and damaged. It's mentioned Wookies sometimes remove people's arms from the sockets.

Drugs/Alcohol:There's a bar scene. A torture droid includes a hypodermic needle.

Language/Insults:Two uses each of "h*ll" and "d**n". R2-D2 beeps something and is told to watch his language.

Spiritual:The universe this series is set within operates because of something called the Force. It's a not-quite-sentient bit of supernatural energy created through all life in the universe that the Jedi use as a source of wisdom and clairvoyance. By the events of this movie, most of the Jedi are gone. Some believe Darth Vader is the only one who still follows the ways of the Force. And Han is skeptical of the whole idea, saying he has never seen anything that makes him think there's a supernatural force holding the universe together. A dead man communicates with someone.
Han mockingly addresses someone as "Your worship." Kenobi is called a wizard and says he doesn't believe in luck. An imperial officer brags about how the Death Star is the ultimate power in the universe. Darth Vader tells him not to be too proud of it because it's nothing compared to the force. Then the guy makes the foolish decision of mocking Vader's religion (ultimately leading to the famous quote "I find your lack of faith disturbing").

So what was your opinion?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

2 comments: said...

I love this movie, along with Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Not so crazy about the prequel movies. Han Solo and the two droids are my favorite characters.

M.R. R. said...

I'd like to rewatch the next two movies, but I don't have either around.