May the Ford Be With You – A Review of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)

by Cesidia on August 3, 2011

thumbnailEver since I was little, I loved Star Wars. I would watch them all the time. My favorite was the “one with the teddy bears (Ewoks).” I would beg my mom to let me watch it every day. It’s kinda the norm in my family to go through a phase where we watch the same movie over and over again. I loved Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, my brother had obsessions with such movies as The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and Magical Mystery Tour, and all of Clint Eastwood’s Movies. My sister loved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, or Snow “Wipe” as she used to refer to it as. But I clearly had a thing for sci-fi movies. So when I was around 5 years old I got the Star Wars Trilogy for my birthday. Now at age 16 I’m sitting watching the same movie on Valentine’s Day. What better way to spend your Valentine’s Day then sit on the couch all day with your family and experience the story of a galaxy far, far away.

The first movie, Episode IV-A New Hope, as it was later called when the first three episodes came out, is truly amazing, given how long ago it was made and how technologically innovative it was. This movie is where you first fall in love with those 2 droids C-3PO and R2-D2. This movie also introduces how each character gets thrown into the plot. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) all come in during different times in the movie.

One of the best scenes in the movie occurs as Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) enter the city with both of the droids that the imperial storm troopers are searching for. When they come up to their automobile Obi-Wan uses a Jedi mind trick to let them pass without any further questioning. That would be such a cool power to have, to just tell people what to think from time to time. I mean, who doesn’t want to have everyone agree with them with no questioning. Unfortunately though, in another scene, where Darth Vader and Obi-Wan have an epic battle with light sabers, Obi-Wan is killed.

But, above all, I love Harrison Ford. And yes I do understand that he could easily be my grandfather but still, that guy is awesome. Indiana Jones anyone? He is so intriguing to watch because no matter what movie he is in, he plays the character that gets to experience all the adventure and action – and normally gets the girl. Between him and his cuddly friend, Chewbacca, I can’t pull my eyes away from the screen. They manage to get themselves right in the middle of all the major battles – and the comedic parts. One of my favorite parts is when he meets the princess. Right of the bat they hate each other. But I guess that’s what makes him so irresistible to the female characters – everyone loves a bad boy.

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