STAR WARS GALACTIC CONQUEST REVIEW: “Star Wars” stars Mark Hamill (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Regular Show [TV series]), Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Fugitive ), Carrie Fisher (The ‘Burbs, When Harry Met Sally…), Alec Guinness (Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai), Anthony Daniels (The Lego Movie, Ghost of Albion: Legacy [TV movie]), Kenny Baker (Sleeping Beauty , The King and I), Peter Mayhew (Killer Ink, Comic Book: The Movie), David Prowse (A Clockwork Orange, Open Mic’rs), and Peter Cushing (Horror of Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein). It is written and directed by George Lucas (American Graffiti, THX 1138). From Tatooine, a young man named Luke Skywalker (Hamill) joins an old Jedi named Ben “Obi-Wan” Kenobi (Guinness) on an adventure to save Princess Leia (Fisher) who has been captured by the evil Darth Vader (Prowse) and taken as a prisoner on the gigantic space station known as the Death Star. Luke and Ben will need a pilot to take them there, and that’s when they find Han Solo (Ford), the owner of the Millennium Falcon who is a scoundrel to the galaxies along with his partner Chewbacca (Mayhew).
“The Force will be with you, always.” At last, we are here! “Star Wars!” Notice I didn’t add the “A New Hope” tag line at the end. Mainly because I wanted to pay respects to the original title (even though I add the episode names for the rest). But I can’t believe it people!!! This is not only a fantastic film, but a pioneer in a whole new aspect of filmmaking. There may have been sci-fi movies before this one, but none are at this grand of scale. “Star Wars” has changed a generation, as well as the minds of every individual. So much originality has been placed in a two-hour experience that my mind could just explode. Sure, it may seem second nature now with all of the sci-fi films coming out, but a lot of them were inspired by “Star Wars” in some form or another. And after watching it again after so long, it makes it even more juicy. I remembered a lot from the internet as I have mentioned before in one of my previous reviews, but to watch it in its entirety was awe-inspiring. The story, the special effects, the characters, the music, everything about this movie could be talked about for as long as it’s runtime! But I’ll restrain myself and just push forward with the basics. The plot comes to mind first, so let me write about that. Like I said, it’s some of the most original writing you’ll get. From the witty dialogue to the character arcs that you can just delve deeper into for a long time, it’s all amazing. It’s fast paced, especially after watching the prequels, and doesn’t even symbolize it’s longish runtime. It’s poetic. I got chills watching this thing at times with Darth Vader encountering Obi-Wan again to Obi-Wan telling Luke about his father. There’s so much to take out of this script that it is literally mind-blowing. I don’t know how they did it. I can’t really discuss more because anything else will spoil the story if you haven’t seen it. So, next to talk about is the characters and their performers. Ugh, so much greatness! No one can forget Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO (Daniels), and R2-D2 (Baker). They are memorable for a lifetime. Their actors are fantastic as well. The intergalactic scoundrel that is Han Solo who is portrayed greatly by Harrison Ford to the much different farm boy who is Luke Skywalker who is portrayed by the brilliant Mark Hamill. And then Alec Guinness who plays Obi-Wan. Fantastic! Princess Leia is also awesome. She’s been served to almost all her life, but yet can still hold her own. The many creatures and droids that belong to this universe are great to watch as well. C-3PO bantering at R2-D2 is fun and Chewy is one of the best. The Tusken Raiders, Stormtroopers, Jawas, all of them are so interesting. And the villain that is Darth Vader. One of the best villains of all time. He doesn’t need to be talked about because you already know his legacy, even if you haven’t seen this film. The special effects of this movie are top-notch even if they are done in the old-fashioned ways. Puppetry is used a lot and it is terrific. Better than what the prequels used and they used CGI! To this day, most of this film holds up in terms of special effects. It still looks real! It’s amazing what they did. What was hard at times was watching this on the widescreen edition DVDs that I mentioned. Thankfully this was the beginning of George Lucas’s move to “tweak” his classics, so there weren’t many alterations. Mainly what I saw was the addition of special effects in the background. It was obnoxious because there is this one scene in the desert where the Stormtroopers are looking for droids and in the background, Lucas and his team digitally inserted Stormtroopers riding these beasts and it looked fake. I could tell what he changed in this movie, but I won’t judge the film because of it. I just brush it off. Finally, the last thing I need to talk about is the musical score. John Williams, a genius know by many! If you don’t know his name, then you know his music. It’s so catchy from the opening theme to the Cantina music. It’s what made this movie “Star Wars.” How can you have it any other way? And with that said, here I am with the cons. Are there any? Not really. Some things may be outdated, but I can’t judge too much on that. Really it comes down to the movie not feeling perfect. It’s a fantastic release that is near-perfect, but it just doesn’t feel perfect. It’s hard to explain, but that’s my excuse for the score I have it. If there is any way that you haven’t seen this movie, see it now! Do it before you die! It’s a bucket list item for the Force’s sake! FINAL SCORE: 99%= Juicy Popcorn
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