Joel's 100 Films in 2015: Star Wars - Episode IV - A New Hope

32. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Watched 9/7/2015

How do you review a movie that you know by heart? One that has been a part of your world and imagination since before you'd ever even been to see a movie in the theatre, let alone THIS movie.

Star Wars is (and has been, since shortly after its original release) much bigger than any one movie. Even one of the movies within its own canon. Even bigger than this first film.

So, how do you discuss that? How do you breakdown what's good and bad? What has become iconic and what was almost immediately left behind?

You don't. Or at least not in public. I feel about Star Wars much like I do about denominational questions in Christianity. To outsiders, let us just discuss the beauty and the broad message. Only amongst ourselves should we hope to plumb the depths of the minute details.

So, if you've never seen this cultural behemoth, as my wife hadn't until she watched it with me this time, then dive in. Knowing it may not change your world like it seems to have for me and others, because unbeknownst to you, it already changed your world and we've all been b

etter for it since 1977.

 

5 stars