Star Wars: A New Hope
Director: George Lucas
Star Wars: A New Hope is an iconic film that I would highly recommend to anyone.
What Happens in Star Wars: A New Hope?
Star Wars: A New Hope opens with Darth Vader boarding a ship holding rebels. On this ship, Princess Leia had stolen data that was important to defeating the Empire, and as a last-ditch effort, put the data into the droid named R2-D2. Alongside C-3PO, the two droids escape to the planet Tatooine.
Upon landing on the planet, the two are kidnapped by some Wookies and are sold to Luke Skywalker and his uncle. In the dead of night, R2-D2 rushes to find Ben Kenobi, his former master and to relay information about the rebellion. Luke and C-3PO follow the next morning. After meeting Ben, Luke is given a lightsaber from his father, and he begins his journey to learn about the Force.
Who Are The Characters in Star Wars: A New Hope?
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’s main protagonists. Luke is a young man held back by his uncle. He has dreams to leave his home, but his uncle cannot afford to farm without Luke.
Han Solo is a cocky smuggler who struggles to pay his boss, Jabba The Hutt. His moral compass is weak and can be adjusted depending on who can afford it.
Obi-Wan is an old Jedi master who thought those days were well behind him. He is one of the few remaining Jedi, but he is still dedicated to the Jedi cause.
Star Wars: A New Hope Review
Star Wars: A New Hope or Star Wars if you are a purist is once again a movie that falls onto my previously mentioned top 20 film list as it was my introduction to the wonderful world of that galaxy far far away.
If I were to describe this movie in one word it would be iconic. I have seen very few films that have so many iconic shots, characters, quotes, and locations. Whether you’re talking about the famous introduction of Han Solo or the dramatic scene of Luke staring off into the sunset, you have probably seen or heard about scenes from this movie.
One of my favourite aspects of this movie is the opening, after the now-famous title crawl and iconic score from John Williams when we are plopped into an action scene where we meet our side characters C-3P0 and R2-D2 the most famous robots in film. I love that this movie is non-stop with its pacing right from the start and it just never stops.
The characters are so well known at this point that they don’t really need an introduction from me. Our hero Luke Skywalker ( played by Mark Hamill) yearns for adventure and purpose. We get to see his transition from a kid who wants an adventure to someone who takes the steps toward his dreams. Han Solo ( played by Harrison Ford) is a scene-stealing smuggler who is cocky and arrogant, but we see him develop to the point that he does the right thing with some convincing by his Wookie friend Chewbacca. Princess Leia ( played by Carrie Fisher) can be very diplomatic and elegant but she also proves to be a snarky and prepared leader.
The story also flows so well with a pretty simple premise of saving a Princess, but we get to see some cool lightsaber and space battles along the way all while being chased by the most famous villain ever, Darth Vader. The special effects for the time also are revolutionary and the space battles still look pretty good to this day.
I would also be amiss if I didn’t touch upon the impact of this film. Without Star Wars, many of my other favourite franchises such as Harry Potter, The MCU, or Jurassic Park would not have been made. Film series weren’t really a big thing at this time in history and especially not big fantasy adventure series.
Star Wars revolutionized the way movies were made and the way fans reacted to movies. People didn’t get attached to movies or eagerly awaited sequels the way it happened with Star Wars. Movies didn’t get toys, books, and games spun off from them and without Star Wars, the entertainment world would look very different.
All in all, this is an iconic film that I would highly recommend to anyone who’s already seen it or to new viewers. It’s one of my favourites! So hop on Disney+ and go off to a galaxy far far away.