Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) – A Long Time Ago…

“Star Wars”, one of the huge pop culture known by the community. It spreads all over the world until this day, indeed happen why the first movie is one of the most influential. Akira Kurosawa’s various works such as “Seven Samurai” and “The Hidden Fortress” inspired George Lucas himself. Besides people considered this as an outdated movie ranging from its visual effects and acting, we have highly appreciated it at the time. Now, this movie is one of the most classic science fiction in terms of the story and the universe.

The movie begins with a fairy tale, through its narrative about a galaxy far, far away. The setting is most extensive than another universe, seems there would be many things appearing in this movie. It starts with a charming opening scene from space with amazing concepts. It’s one of the most memorable openings and of courses, John Williams‘ score. If you watch this trilogy from “The Phantom Menace”, there is absolutely a common threat. Both of them fit between the plot and the character in the universe. Regardless of which, watching it often keeps its mistery from its universe. A reunion between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader is one of the great examples. It is still confusing, wonder if there was a great conflict before this all began.

George Lucas chose a passive method, uniquely introducing all these characters. There is one of the most iconic villains ever, Darth Vader, with such a memorable voice-over by James Earl Jones. Han Solo with his puns and cool styles, R2-D2, and C-3PO as the duo comic relief, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan. The rest of the movie mostly focuses on these characters, in a miniature scope. Seem like a misadventure hero who tries to save the princess. Seems familiar than any other media, right? There is a significant knowledge of the universe, still not enough to give us a clear story.

This is a nostalgic movie, when Luke staring at the sunset, combined with Williams’ score, feels like there is a deep and huge outline in the world. They waited for Luke out there, waiting for the appearance of the main hero. He is ready to travel around the space. Another example is Han Solo and Greedo, talking and suddenly one of them shoots a laser. There is a minor difference if you watch the special edition but it would be better if you watch the original. The special edition is kind of ambiguous because we never know who shot first. The Stormtrooper accidentally bumped his head into a door at the Death Star. The actor is severely injured.

“A New Hope” is not a kind of movie you want to find a one-on-one lightsaber fight. It seems tedious anyway but if you don’t think much about it, just start with the prequel. There is a final meeting, never met for several years. Once again, they finish what they didn’t finish in the past. An iconic phenomenal character from Darth Vader. We know it’s mostly not because of his breathing or anything because of his design costume, inspired by Japanese culture. On the other hand, he has intelligence, often intimidating, and is feared throughout the galaxy.

There is another good thing about this movie: R2-D2 and Chewbacca. They are having a memorable character, taking their respective roles. Such actors, all of them have a phenomenal performance they created. At least, they sometimes turn out to be awake on a small screen. In addition, “Star Wars”, the original title, became a film with such a new theme surpassed by an era. As well as “2001: A Space Odyssey”, sure, the backgrounds and backstory are still vague. Who is this, what is this? This is a classic movie, a marker between the protagonist and the antagonist.

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” is one of the classic science fiction films, beat by its time and this modern era. It became a superior seed in the genre. It’s a most memorable tagline of the time, the characters, the brilliant visual effect. So many memorable scenes in this movie. An idea about the world of imagination, about complex fantasy in all its details. It presented in a stunning way.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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