Yes, I was at a premiere of this movie. Yes, I watched it multiple times in a row following my first viewing. Yes, I had the album of the music, and a poster (still have the official program book in the collection).
But now I've grown up and realize that: Lucas did not base his story on Joseph Campbell's theories, the movie is not science fiction (science fantasy at best) and that all it has really done for us is usher in an era in which CGI dominates, to our detriment, and in which movie makers have lost the art of not showing us everything.
And audiences have lost the ability to make pretty pictures inside their own heads.
Pros: Lack of Yoda doesn't mean it's in any way bad Cons: Lack of Yoda The Bottom Line: Was I the only one who noticed this was called Episode IV before Episode I came out? It was a pleasure and an honor for me to be asked to interview the Ultimate Jedi Master, Yoda, recently. Unfortunately, since I was slated to write a review of the original Star Wars movie, I couldnt ask the questions I wanted to relating to Episode … more
STAR WARS, George Lucas's stunning sci-fi masterpiece, is arguably one of the most inventive and entertaining films ever made, garnering generations of loyal fans who are forever imprinted with the memory of its characters and dialogue. As the adventure begins, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), an impulsive but goodhearted young man who lives on the dusty planet of Tatooine with his aunt and uncle, longs for the exciting life of a Rebel soldier. The Rebels, led by the headstrong Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), are fighting against the evil Empire, which has set about destroying planets inhabited by innocent citizens with the Death Star, a fearsome planetlike craft commanded by Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) and the eternally frightful Darth Vader (David Prowse, with the voice of James Earl Jones). When Luke's aunt and uncle are murdered by the Empire's imperial stormtroopers and he mysteriously finds a distress message from Princess Leia in one of his androids, R2-D2 (Kenny Baker), he must set out to find ...