Counting down the 32 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
REVIEW FOUR – A NEW HOPE
In preparation for The Force Awakens, the family has been watching the original six films. How do they hold up?
Back to where it all started… Before it was called “Episode IV,” before it was titled “A New Hope,” it was just Star Wars and it was unlike anything anyone had ever seen. I must admit that I was a bit too young to understand the revolution that the movie would stir, but I was completely taken by this movie and its characters. You can tell me now no one expected the movie to make back its budget, much less become the highest grossing film of all time (at the time). You can tell me that Alec Guiness thought it was a terrible movie. You can that Darth Vader is only on screen in the film for 19 minutes. You can tell me all about the troubled production.
I can tell you that I couldn’t stop thinking about Star Wars from the first time I saw it, that it influenced my entire life, that I still have laser disc, VHS, DVD and now, Blu Ray copies and that, because it was the first, it must always be mentioned in the conversation about whether or not it is the greatest … it’s not but that’s a story for the next post!
WHAT WAS GREAT?
- The opening sequence.
- The ruthless Darth Vader.
- The mythic shots of Tatooine.
- Han Solo. Every moment that features Han Solo.
- The Millennium Falcon.
- Leia saving the day in the Detention Center (hey, it was 1976 when this was filmed… it’s a pretty big deal).
- The trench run.
- The uplifting medal ceremony.
- The music!
WHAT WAS NOT GREAT?
- I frankly think that almost everything in the movie works…
THE FORCE IS WITH THIS ONE
Star Wars is a wonderful movie. Broad and fast, it works because, upon repeated viewings, people layer so much more meaning into what they are seeing. And they do, even the makers of the movie as it turns out. The myth of George Lucas’ master plan to tell a Joseph Campbell inspired story about the heroic cycle is just that – a myth. Lucas just wanted to get the damn thing made and in theaters before the experience killed him and bankrupted his nascent production company. That happened, of course, but so did the discovery of the most critical thing about Star Wars: it’s universal appeal. It’s flexible and malleable enough for almost anyone to find meaning in it. That’s pretty special.
Star Wars is pretty special. Watch it again and see why…