I remember when i was young my dad took me to london and we went to this sci-fi nerdy open market type thing, there were stacks of movie props from films i was too young to recognise at the time but one thing i definitely did recognise was Star Wars, i was obsessed, as much as i wanted a life size model of Boba Fett (who at the time i thought was Jango Fett) i wasn’t allowed it, but as a consolation my dad got me a VHS boxset of the original movies which at the time i had no knowledge of.
What can i say about star wars that hasn’t been said a million times already? probably not much so this post is gonna be a bit all over the place. You don’t really need to go far to see Star Wars’ cultural impact, i mean if you’ve never watched the films you’ll probably be greated with ‘you haven’t seen Star Wars? how?’ so what is so unique about this franchise? It’s true Star Wars was a literal blockbuster only being shown in a few theaters so people would line up around the block just to see it, and it’s true before the film released it was widely seen as a joke and laughed at (the same way The Matrix was funnily enough).
I’d go as far as to say our fascination with this franchise wasn’t a big cultural movement like it is today wouldn’t have been possible without the prequels. Sure you can see the (heavy heavy) influence in movies like spaceballs but what the prequels did was introduce star wars to an entire new generation aka my generation, I think i was between the ages of 5-10 years old during the release of the prequels and obviously the prequels were the coolest shit i had ever seen i didn’t see any of the glaring flaws in the films because i was a child and all that mattered was aliens and robots and humans are fighting with laser guns and light swords pew pew, like, who cares about story at that point.
my point is (dont worry im getting back to a new hope in a sec) without the prequels what are the chances that parents would have shown their kids the original trilogy without the prequels? and by doing that how would this franchise remain to be such a huge cultural catalyst that it is today? cause i don’t see it happening without it. A New Hope is obviously a classic movie and it’s earned its spot as one of the most iconic sci-fi movies of all time, so i don’t really see the need to sing its praises (also the original trilogy has some of the best matte painting i’ve ever seen in my entire life, seriously google it it’ll blow your mind). A New Hope, and the rest of the series are movies that i will always look back fondly on for a few reasons, whether it be plain old nostalgia (btw thanks dad for really subtly turning me into a Star Wars nerd) or it being one of the films that got me more interested in filmmaking, i remember spending time after school rewatching the films over and over and over and then when i got bored i would watch all the special features and the director’s commentary and the behind the scenes, Star Wars made making a movie look fun. A New Hope is a 9/10.
In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.