Preparing for The Rise of Skywalker – Part VI: A New Hope

The classic, the one that started it all, Star Wars is one of the most iconic and oft talked about film in film history. Everyone knows about Star Wars as it pervades not only pop culture, but culture in general. 

Books have been written about the making of Star Wars, and about its creator, George Lucas’ struggle against Hollywood. Released in 1977, the story went through several iterations, some wildly different from the finished product. At this point, Lucas hadn’t truly discovered the inspiration from Joseph Campbell and the “hero’s journey”, even if Star Wars is often used as the prime example of the modern monomyth. 

One of the most iconic shots in cinema (Star Wars, 1977)

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness and many other great actors, Star Wars revolutionary when it came out, and it defined not only science fiction, but all of film making. 

The story is a simple one: a farm boy finds the key to save freedom and liberty in the galaxy, teams up with his old mentor and goes to save the princess, and the day, with the theme of “hope” running throughout. It is a fairy tale, pure and simple. I won’t go into details, as we’ve all seen it. Some of us have seen it several times, and some of us… knows every line of dialogue in the movie.

Those who know me, know that I love Star Wars. It means alot to me, and I embrace the many forms the stories from a galaxy far, far away takes. Be it the original trilogy, the oft-discussed prequels, the sequels, the animated (and soon live action) series, I love them all. They have that hard to pin down, but very special “Star Wars feeling”. 

You can hear the music coming from this picture, can’t you? (Star Wars, 1977)

Is this first Star Wars from 1977 my favorite of the series then? No, it is not. I love it for being Star Wars, and for what that means. But if I had to rank Star Wars films, it is not among the top three. The acting is often dodgy and uneven, and being over 40 years old, it is showing it’s age quite alot.  

But come on, it’s Star Wars, and being the first Star Wars film I ever watched, it will always have a special place in my heart (and on my shelves of bluray discs).

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