Film 104 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1977’s “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”. And yes, I had never seen any of the Star Wars films prior to watching this. All I knew about the films were either short clips I found on YouTube, what people had said about the film, the parody episodes made by “Family Guy” (the episode entitled “Blue Harvest” with Chris as Luke Skywalker, Stewie as Darth Vader, Lois as Princess Leia, Peter as Han Solo, Brian as Chewbacca and Meg as… a five second appearance as a alien) & “Robot Chicken” or from the LEGO video games. And it was defiantly worth waiting for as I very much enjoyed this. Finally getting a chance to see the whole thing in full was a lot of fun to watch. I was unaware until viewing this that these films are rated U (or G for Americans) as this does have people getting killed but I guess it’s ok if there isn’t any blood involved? Right? Anyway, I am very much looking forward to eventually watching Episodes V & VI which will be watched at a later date. In 1985, Woody Allen had this to say about the film, “[Hollywood] opened a Pandora’s Box when they made Star Wars.” Do you agree with Woody? Plus, all the scenes that were filmed on Tatooine were filmed in Tunisia. The same locations would be reused when they made 1999’s “The Phantom Menace”. If you have seen this film, or any of the other Star Wars films (try not to spoil Episodes V & VI for me please) then let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1977’s “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”.
Film – Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Year – 1977
Director – George Lucas
Staring – Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher
IMDb Rating – 8.7/10
My Rating – 8.75/10
Length – 119 min (1h 59min)
Genre – Action, Adventure, Fantasy
“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”
Nothing like the opening credits giving you a back story on episode that wouldn’t be filmed for another 20+ years
Stop shooting at my ship!
I’ma firing my lazar!!!
That them dealt with
Look at this mess! You’ll be cleaning this up!
He can’t answer you if you’ve killed him
Is there a reason why one of C3PO’s legs is a different colour from the other
And Leia has been taken as a prisoner
So… does R2D2 have the info Vader needs
In the desert
(singing) Why can’t they be friends?
Ever get the feeling like you’re being watched?
That’s R2D2 stunned by (I’m guessing) ewoks… or an evil group of monks
That is one big off roader
Have get got all of R2D2’s family taken as hostages in there?
Good thing C3PO was in here or I would have been screwed
These all look like rejected robots from Robot Wars
He looks like he just got out of bed and put on the first thing he found
Since when could R2 walk
R2’s been hiding a video from Leia all this time
They have to see Obi-Wan Kenobi
Stop acting like a child, R2
Time for breakfast of blue milk
I want to go to the academy now!!!
R2’s run away to complete his mission
Don’t leave without me
That sound of the sandperson with nothing on screen sound like sandpeople sex
It’s a ghost! RUN!!!
It’s Obi-Wan in disguise
Me! Own a droid! I don’t remember doing such thing
How did C3PO lose his arm?
“You fought in the Clone Wars?” – You mean that cartoon Star Wars?
Here’s a present from your dad for when you were older – a lightsaber
Leia’s message is played in full! R2 has to go to Alderaan – Better than Aldershot I’m guessing
“Learn about the force, Luke”
At The Death Star
Time for a meeting about the rebellion
Don’t mess with Vader or he’ll air choke you
Stormtroopers have slaughtered all the jawas
Shit! Better head home to Uncle & Aunt
Looks like Luke is too late! They’re nothing but skeleton corpses
Vader has a chat with Leia about the hidden rebel base
Better burn all the jawas in a bonfire to dispose of them
Welcome to Mos Eisley
Is R2 having a tan on the back of the hovercraft
Obi-Wan has tricked the stormtroopers with his powers
All pilots can be found in bars
Did that alien just smoke a bong?
We don’t serve metal objects in our bar
That ended quickly after an arm gets cut off
And hello Han Solo
“You’ve never heard of The Millenium Falcon?”
10,000 what? Dollars? Pounds?
2000 now and 15,000 later
Hans Solo meets with Greedo
Let’s see who really shot first
Looks like Greedo did but it’s too close to call
Just blame R2D2 for everything
Hello, Jabba the Hut
Why is that elephant looking alien following them?
He’s working with the stormtroopers
They’ve escaped but they’re being chased
Better make the jump to hyperspace
Back with Vader who has Leia and brought her to his leader
Time to test our weapons on Leia’s hometown of Alderaan
It’s on Dantooine! The rebel base is there
Thanks for the info! We’re still blowing up Alderaan
Bye bye Alderaan
Obi-Wan can sense something’s happened
This is one funny looking game of chess
“Let the wookiee win”
Better teach Luke about the force on a lightsaber
Dantooine hasn’t been used in ages! Better kill Leia for lying
Out of range! That’s what you think
“That’s no moon! It’s a space station”
No one’s on board!
They’ve been hiding in the floorboards
Obi-Wan says he has to de-activate the power beam alone
They’ve found out Leia is on The Death Star
Argue, argue, argue! That’s all that’s happening
You droids stay here, we’re gonna pretend we’re arresting Chewie
Meanwhile, Obi-Wan is being sneaky
IT’S A TRAP!
Better lie as best as we can
And Luke’s have saved the princess
Darth Vader wants to face Obi-Wan alone
Better escape through the garbage chutes
You can easily tell that the garbage is made of rubber
There’s a lizard in the trash!
It gets worse! The walls are closing in
Looks like C3PO & R2D2 have been caught
Nope! They’ve helped the crew from not getting squished
Meanwhile, Obi-Wan is still sneaking
And he’s switched the power beans off
Back to being sneaky
Meanwhile, Han & Chewie go gun crazy as Luke & Leia try escaping
That music sound like something from Indiana Jones
Obi-Wan and Vader meet again… at last
I thought when blue and red come together it made purple… not green
Did Obi-Wan just let himself get killed by Vader?
Everyone else made it to the ship safely
Time for a space fight
THE SHIPS ON FIRE!!!! Good thing R2 has a built in fire extinguisher
You stop eyeing up the princess! She’s mine
So… even space ships have speed cameras?!?
Time to plan our attack on The Death Star
Meeting over! Time to get prepared
Han has his reward and is planning to leave
Luke meets with old mate Biggs and it didn’t last long
Time to attack The Death Star
Is he called Porkins because he’s fat?
Don’t matter now! He’s dead
Where’s Biggs when you need him
Darth Vader’s getting involved now
Into the main shaft to shoot the thing we need to shoot
So close but he’s dead
They’ve shot it but it didn’t work
Now it’s Luke’s turn to give it a try
Here comes Vader to ruin the fun
Obi-Wan is still alive?!? via Luke’s head?!?
The Death Star has locked in on the base and is about to destroy
Here comes Han and Chewie to save the day
Luke’s done it!!!
The Death Star is gone and everyone is safe
Looks like R2D2 took a beating
Time to celebrate with the ceremony
Holy crap, Leia has changed her hairstyle!!!
And it’s proof that she does actually have ears
Why doesn’t Chewie get a medal?