Saturday, October 10, 2009

Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

TOP 100 FILMS: #64

After the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) teams up with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and his buddy Chewbacca, in order to save Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from the evil Empire.

Oh you know you love this movie. You know you need this movie. You know the history of cinema as we know it would be kaput without this movie. One of the most technologically advanced and extra-universally creative films of all time, Star Wars is a movie that really needs no explanation for why it is on my top 100 films. There's really nothing to hate about this movie. It's wonderfully cheesy in its own way, and yet manages to build around itself a captivating universe, that immerses its viewers, and sucks them in to this grand space and time.

So many films try to create such a Universe, but only a handful can properly pull it off. In that respect Star Wars stands among a very few, elite, crowd of science fiction film. All of this is supported by some of the most intriguing characters ever to have been put on the screen. With heavy action, a philosophical underlying nature, and riddled with subtext on the corruption of power, Star Wars is one of those family films that just keeps on giving, despite repeated viewings. This is all a product of a vision from George Lucas, who had it in him to put together an amazing film, despite all the odds being stacked up against him.

Mediocre marketing, struggling visual effects, budgetary issues, casting selection, none of this film should have worked. Instead, through pure determination, the crew behind it built an American masterpiece, box office megabuster, and one of the most amazing visual films ever made. You could go a million lifetimes and never make a movie as influential as Star Wars has been in modern cinema, nor as successful. A true classic to its very core, you just can't deny its sheer power.

With a great list of characters, creative plot arcs, and pure perfection in the entertainment department, there's no denying Star Wars is a force to be reckoned with.

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