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Star Wars

September 9, 2010

Star Wars (1977)
Director: George Lucas
Actors: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Synopsis: A new hope emerges – Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) – under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), in the battle between rebel and imperial forces.

Review: It’s surprising in retrospect just how matter-of-fact the opening to Star Wars actually is. It throws us right into the middle of this grand narrative sequence, as if Lucas had no doubt that the franchise would be successful enough to justify fleshing out its story in two sequels and three prequels. It makes the first half of Star Wars a strangely perfunctory affair, and only on the arrival of Obi Wan Kenobi and Han Solo near the midpoint does the story gain any sense of momentum. Aspects of the film that have aged well are the chemistry between the central trio – Hamill/Ford/Fisher – that puts the Christensen/McGregor/Portman triangle of the prequels to shame. It’s also pleasing to see the Star Wars ‘universe’ as it was before Lucas’ CGI-fetish marred the franchise. The film creates an eminently realistic and viable galaxy that suits its space opera sensibility perfectly. (May 2007)

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