Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (Lucas, 1977)

Star Wars IV poster

“When I left you, I was but a learner; now I am the master.”  Everyone knows about Star Wars: Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia. Starting from 1977 all the way up to the present and the knowledge of a 7th film in production; it is safe to say that it’s a series that will never die. It will always be in high regard and be a form of escapism that people will always run to. Children will have their fantasy of owning a lightsaber when they first watch the film: while adults can continuously re-live their childhood fantasy over and over again. This however is not the film where men are crying their eyes out, or a single tear is forced out. It’s more of a film where Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) learns more about himself and the use of the Force.

All aboard

All aboard

“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power.” Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is captured by Darth Vader (David Prowse) in order to gain information on where the new rebel forces base is. With the help of Obi-Wan (Alec Guinnes) who has fined the art of the Force quite predominately and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) who at first cares for no-one but himself, try and rescue the Princess alongside Skywalker. Star Wars brings clear the theme of good & evil and has a clear grasp on what spectacle is really about. Even without the use of high special effects, Lucas has managed to bring to the public a new experience of film-making. A woman instead of being boring airhead and moaning about someone to save her, actually helps in the making of her escape and has a tough personality that takes no nonsense. Women can take a leaf out of her book and instil in real life situations and not rely on men to do everything, which is the 70’s was becoming more & more apparent.

The beginning of a masterpiece series and only being 121mins, Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope certainly packs a punch.