Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope

Name: Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope
Year: 1977
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 121
Description: Part 4 in a George Lucas epic, Star Wars: A New Hope opens with a rebel ship being boarded by the tyrannical Darth Vader. The plot then follows the life of a simple farmboy, Luke Skywalker, as he and his newly met allies (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO and R2-D2) attempt to rescue a rebel leader, Princess Leia, from the clutches of the Empire. The conclusion is culminated as the Rebels, including Skywalker and flying ace Wedge Antilles make an attack on the Empires most powerful and ominous weapon, the Death Star.
Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher
Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Original Title: Star Wars

It certainly wasn’t bad. C3-PO and R2-D2 were great, but I felt like I was launched into the story/world too quickly. They could have done more than just a few captions. Maybe I shouldn’t have listened to the person who advised me to watch the Original Trilogy first. The relationships between some characters also came across as superficial. I mean, how does Luke like/fall in love with Leia just like that? I was later told by a sighted person that she was incredibly handsome, but as the UK audio description doesn’t mention this at all, it really didn’t make sense to me. Also, the way Ben was encouraging Luke from the heavens (?) was a little cheesy, and the final scene was really rushed. In the end, I liked C3-PO and R2-D2 the most. Ben’s death didn’t seem such a big deal, even though it might have been (the score didn’t help there either). It didn’t really affect me. I also found it rather hard to sympathise with Darth Vader’s victims because they never told us what they were rebelling against, what it was like before they rebelled etc. Destroying a planet is tragic, of course, but if we don’t know anything about the people/things living there… Maybe that’s just me loving profound story-telling. Also, things like sand-people just do things but are never defined clearly.

The score was generally not my cup of tea, but as always, John Williams’ themes were magnificent.

A note about the audio description: I used the UK version narrated by James O’Hara, who is always brilliant, but the volume of the original soundtrack kept being reduced whenever he spoke, which didn’t make for nice listening at all. Still have to listen to Miles Neff’s American AD.


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