Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) Directed by George Lucas.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, there’s a scene in which all the heroes are trapped inside a giant garbage compactor. In truth, that’s exactly where this overrated film belongs – in a giant bin, where it is crushed and forgotten forever. Look, I know this is a controversial opinion, but I can’t help but think that most people who profess to ‘love’ this film, pretend to do so to fit in with ‘cool people’.
As Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill’s acting is of the standard that you’d see in a daytime soap opera. Compared to the prequels, the visual effects are so ropey, that can almost see the strings on the spaceships. Yes, some of the music is OK, but really, people talk about John Williams like he’s Beethoven, which clearly, he ‘aint.
If you want a good story of good vs evil, you can get the same message in your average Scooby Doo cartoon, and it won’t bore your brains out for two solid hours.
The film is crammed full of silliness; there’s a giant space station called a Death Star, which is basically a planet with a massive laser weapon on it – yeah right!! There’s Princess Leia, wearing ridiculous space buns on either side of her head, there’s also Darth Vader, a walking-talking parking cone with a serious asthma problem. It’s like Lucas was on hard drugs, while writing the screenplay.
Lucas improved the film in 1997, when he added some CGI wizardry, which blends seamlessly with the footage shot in 1977. One scene in which Han Solo meets Jabba the Hutt, temporarily raises the quality of the film.
If you enjoy wanton stupidity, then Star Wars – A New Hope might float your boat. It’s dated and brash, and struggles to find any rhythm. It’s young cast try their best, but they can’t conjure any chemistry and just end up embarrassing themselves, spouting laughable dialogue in a space fantasy that is as childish as it is moronic. 3/10