Celebrating May the fourth I’ve decided to watch the original Star Wars film (especially that it’s 40 years of Star Wars this year). It’s such a timeless classic that I’m excited to bring you my review.
You’ve probably already seen all the Star Wars films but here’s my thoughts of this one. Note that I watched the 2011 Blu-ray release so there’s some changes I’ll talk about.
Let’s get the big stuff out of the way, The original Star Wars films are a classic and they’re timeless. No matter how good CGI comes to be or how good (or bad) the sequels will become this film will always be in Star Wars fans hearts.
This film brings us to a place a long time ago and in a galaxy far far away, and on a fun adventure (not that seeing planets blown up is fun or anything but…). The whole cast make this film what it is, from the wise Obi Wan to the smuggler Han Solo. This film also has a lot of emotion which is a must have for films, you really want to fight for the character to win and feel with them.
The infamous Star Wars changes are pretty funny to look at but also upsetting. There’s a lot of moments when you see too good animation for a 40 year old film. The biggest change to me is Jabba The Hutt, in the original films Jabba was a puppet but thanks to “wonderful” CGI (Which in my opinion makes it look worse then anything (keeping it the same would’ve been fine)) He’s a CGI’d version. This really comes into play when Han Solo points at him and you just have this sense that it’s off.
I also really like how A New Hope takes you all over the place. A desert, spaceship, cantina and space station. Just to name a few. And there’s even more places included in the sequels & Prequels. It just shows how vast and diverse the universe is.
Darth Vader is shown as an powerful villain in a great way. I love when he’s choking someone from the rebellion and it shows a shot of how far of the ground his feet are. One weird thing about Darth Vader is if you watch the awesome ending of Rogue One, you have to wonder, why didn’t Vader storm the ship himself? Also this film has a very strong female lead (?) in Princess Leia. When the boys are afraid to shoot she isn’t, when they think that there’s no way out she finds a way and she is very sassy.
In conclusion if this film was made today it would look very different. I can’t wait for The Last Jedi and all the other Star Wars films (Anthologies(Han Solo!!!)). May the 4th be with you.
Source for pics: 20th Century Fox