"Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #120 Gem Mint 10.0

Updated: Aug 8, 2021

“Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope“ (1977)

Director: George Lucas

Writer: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, James Earl Jones, David Prowse, Kenny Baker, Denis Lawson, Phil Brown

Rated: PG for sci-fi violence and brief mild language

Runtime: 2h 1min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Country: United States | United Kingdom

Language: English

"Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader."

You might like this if you like: Science Fiction, Space, George Lucas, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Superheroes, Epics, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Akira Kurosawa, Samurai, Knights, 'Flash Gordon'

Mark Hamill (left), Carrie Fisher (middle) & Harrison Ford (right) in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)

‘Star Wars’ was a pretty early fascination for me as I know it was for many. Sadly I wasn’t alive to see the original trilogy on the big screen when it was released, but those stories were passed on to me by the parents and I was quickly as obsessed as most kids were with the franchise.

I remember watching them all for the first time on VHS in the 90s. I remember being very intrigued by the stormtroopers. For some reason they almost the coolest characters to me. Just the armor I found fascinating. One of my most memorable ‘Star Wars’ toys was a plastic Halloween 'Stormtrooper' helmet. Yes, I also dressed up as Jedi and ‘Darth Vader’. Wanted to be ‘Boba Fett’. All of the above. But the variety in stormtroopers and my love for them only grew as the films went on. I was always excited to see what new variation they’d do next.

"Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)

‘Star Wars’ was probably the earliest franchise of toys and merchandise I owned. Dinosaurs was big too in my early years so maybe ‘Jurassic Park’ has an edge up. Can’t remember exactly, but I definitely had a nice collection of ‘Star Wars’ figures that only now I realize the value they may have had. I am a hoarder though so maybe it was good I got rid of them all.

It certainly help start my fascination with filmmaking and creating. The artistic level that went into creating that world is insane. It was probably the first film I was interested in the behind the scenes / making of features.

Alec Guinness in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)

This film had lead us as a society to so many places. It’s hard to find an angle on such a classic so many years later. I’ve seen this film so many times. It’s historical impact now almost outweighs how I feel about the actual film of ‘A New Hope’. I just can’t help but feel the power and history of it while I watch. Knowing where cinema and humanity has gone so many years later. It’s such a trip to see. Those faces you’re watching from 1977 on the screen, every time, they have no idea where their lives will go after this. The power of cinema. It’s truly time traveling. It’s what makes the film so re-watchable for me.

"Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977)

Over the years though, I think it’s probably fallen down the pedestal of favorite ‘Star Wars’ movies, but it will forever hold the OG spot of setting us on a path of history that is so foundational now that it’s easily modern day mythology. I can only hope new generations will still discover this and see where all the wonder and imagination started.

Written by Sam Gall on 08/01/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"The film that started it all. The one that made me fall in love with movies. The one that easily had me since the opening crawl and has never let me go." - Fico Cangiano, CineXpress Podcast

"A boy's adventure yarn in the most traditional, unabashedly entertaining sense." - Perry Stewart, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

"Few films before or after it have managed to include such a celebrated, recognizable score - thanks to the masterful compositions by John Williams." - Mike Massie, Gone With The Twins

"Star Wars is, indeed, a movie that dares to be different, not only in setting, but in theme at a time when imagination has surrendered to realism in motion pictures. If you don't enjoy Star Wars, you are not as young at heart as you think you are." - James Meade, San Diego Union-Tribune

"Written and directed magnificently by George Lucas, the cast is excellent... but it is Chewbacca and the two robots who walk off with the acting honors. (Don't ask me what a Wookie is, go see the movie!)" - Donald McLean, Bay Area Reporter

"Few films are ingrained in pop culture like Star Wars, partly because few films changed cinema like Star Wars." - Matt Neal, ABC Radio (Australia)

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Available on Disney+

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