James - wrote on 11/29/19
What makes this film so special is that it was transcendental for cinema. This at the time was the biggest film ever made, following Gone With the Wind. I'd imagine that no one living for both would have imagined that technology could out do what people considered one of the best effects driven scenes in the burning of Atlanta. To further wax poetic I would have to praise the fact that it doesn't feel date. One of the things that matter when making cinema, or at least defining the legacy of it, is how well your film will be embraced by generations to come. Through practical effects and the use of a hero's story, Lucas was able to craft a film which elevated the idea of what genre oriented films could be all while creating a new genre, the space opera, of his own.