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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) Movie Reviews

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10/13/2016 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is the best! Why?

Don't get me wrong, empire strikes back is one of the most impactful and deep and greatest films ever made. I like return of the Jedi too! However, if you look at each movie as a whole, Star Wars 1977 has the most coherent closure, direction, and sensibility. While every Star Wars movie has flaws, a new hope has the least while Jedi has the most (out of the OT of course). I will begin with Star Wars 1977's biggest flaw, which is the design of the Death Star. That design makes no sense at all, however the rebellion would not have been able to achieve victory for the first time against the empire. Now in empire, the largest flaws, I am afraid to say, are the teachings of Yoda. I love Yoda as a character, but not as a mentor to Luke. To explain, Yoda tells Luke in degobah that if you let ang...

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11/05/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Star Wars

"Star Wars" practically invented the blockbuster film and is, to this day, one of the finest examples of escapist entertainment ever made. It's the perfect conglomeration of a multitude of genres, blended together to make something completely original and groundbreaking.

George Lucas and his team created an entirely new universe that feels authentic and lived-in, full of history and compelling characters who have become icons in the history of film. "Star Wars" is as fun and light-hearted as any film in the action/adventure genre but it's the underlying depth, which permeates the story, that turns it into something more - something transcendent.

The imagination behind the film's visuals (which hold up remarkably well today) is unprecedented and the legendary score by John Williams...

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4/4 

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06/29/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I've already said too much

I'm not going to spend a bunch of time opining about this film. Already too much ink has been spilled about this fan favorite.

Just a few things, this film was really the end of an era for American film that started in roughly 1967 (The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie and Clyde) and ended here. It also was the beginning of the "Blockbuster" era. Which I believe to not necessarily be a good thing. In fact, if you've read my reviews about recent films, I'm pretty sick of them at this point. Some might point to Jaws in 1975 but this was much bigger.

Secondly, this film along with a few others (Ghosbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Return of the Jedi [yes I purposefully am leaving out Empire, it was years later before I saw that one], and others) t...

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4/4 

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07/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Que the scrowling text and loud music please!

From the opening shot of a rebel ship fleeing a massive Star Destroyer to the titanic space battle against the fearsome Death Star, Star Wars (aka A New Hope) delivers the sweeping action and adventure one associates with the once popular Space Opera genre of sci-fi cinema.
Aside from the action and the spectacle, the best part about it is that virtually the entire cast is comprised of memorable characters, both good and evil. The wise Obi-Wan, the naive Luke Skywalker, the daring Han Solo, the feisty Princess Leia, and of course, the iconic villain Darth Vader!
What I especially love about Star Wars is how it looked to upon previous movies and earlier genres that were no longer in style to craft something entirely new and highly imaginative as well as enormously entertaining. I take...

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4/4 

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04/15/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fun, but overrated

Star Wars and I have a past. When I was a young lad I absolutely loved Star Wars, not just the films but the phenomenon. I owned the Star Wars toys; I read the Star Wars books and, of course, saw all of the prequels in the theater.

I loved, and still love, Star Wars the world. It is a fun and all encompassing world filled with alien’s history and action, and it is always fun to totally immerse you in a world. That is part of the appeal of many of the most famous movie series (and video game series as well), they are more then just movies they are worlds all unto themselves.

Now that out of the way, here comes the punch; the part you aren’t going to like: the original Star Wars trilogy is not only one of the most overrated film series of all time, but one of the most overrated ...

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3/4 

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12/25/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Star Wars" by Yojimbo

There are three Star Wars films. Star Wars is a magical rollercoaster ride of fun and excitement, populated with charming characters you actually CARE about, who have believable relationships in a fairytale universe of good and evil. Star Wars is my first movie love, and no matter how many times I see it (surely a dozen by now) I am still transformed into an eight year old boy for it's two hour duration. Star Wars is NOT a bloated, computer generated toy commercial vomited onto the screen by a beardy old fat bloke's ego. The "updated" version actually points to where the prequels were going to go so horribly wrong. The added fancy CGI is distracting and unnecessary, and Lucas manages to neuter Han Solo nearly as soon as he appears by making a couple of amendments that completely miss the ...

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4/4 

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12/19/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Force Will Be With You... Always

I am an unabashed Star Wars fan - who knew that when you mix science fiction, mythological archetypes and Akira Kurosawa into one film, you can spawn an entire legion of geeks to your side?

Now is Star Wars perfect? No. Luke whines like a five-year-old who doesn't get any candy, the lightsaber effects are still in their infancy and dialogue (never a strong point for George Lucas) isn't exactly Shakespeare - however, despite the faults, there is absolutely no doubt this is one of the best sci-fi films out there.

Lucas took a gamble, but it paid off. The effects (the original, not the CGI extras they added) look amazing even though most of it is models and costumes. The Death Star trench run became an instant classic and is probably the most iconic image from the film. The casting, es...

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4/4 

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Daniel Corleone
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07/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977) review
One of the major influences of my addiction to movies is Star Wars (aside from my very first viewing of Stand By Me on theaters). I have seen this film on Betamax format when I was a kid. In this digital/Blu-ray/HD age, Star Wars a film released in 1977, was ahead of its time in terms of special effects. There has been much criticism about the Star Wars franchise because of poor dialogue, cheesy scenes and off beat irritating characters like Jar-Jar. Where did this come from? Why the hate on the prequels? How come there are lots of forums analyzing the films? It all boils down to the origin.
Episode I,II,III,V and VI all began with A New Hope (IV).

A local farm boy from Tatooine (with 2 suns, one of many memorable scenery’s) named Luk...

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4/4 

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The Film Rebel
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04/22/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A cinematic sci fi epic

The definitive science fiction film and one that revolutionized the art that is film making, George Lucas' masterpiece "Star
Wars: A New Hope"(once merely known as "Star Wars") is an visually stunning epice that has broke numerous grounds in film, started a cult following, and has been referenced just about everywhere. "Star Wars" borrows from the old "Flash Gordon" serials of the 1950s. Like "The Matrix" and "District 9", it is so original and yet its interesting to see what films it borrowed from or what concepts it takes. Its almost like a sci fi reimagining of "Wizard of Oz." We have one main character on a quest and he meets numerous other characters along the way.

The film focuses on a teenager named Luke Skywalker. He lives on the desolate planet of Tattooine. His boring life ...

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4/4 

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08/19/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Force Is With This Movie!!

This great classic has so many good elements it's almost impossible to list them all: The breathtaking visual effects, still awesome 28 years on; the brilliant script, which mixed epic battles and duels with matinée-serial-style characters and dialogues; the debut of one of the greatest villains in cinema history, Darth Vader; John Williams'amazing and unforgettable score, among the Top 10 best scores ever...All those things are just some of the reasons Star Wars is among the best movies (not just sci-fi) ever made: viewing after viewing, it never stops being impressive, and words are nearly useless to describe the impact it still has on the audience. George Lucas basically took a medieval story and moved it to a distant galaxy, on weird and fascinating planets. Almost everything is taken...

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