Star Wars (1977) – 9/10 science fiction fantasy action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Writer: George Lucas
Director: George Lucas
Producer: Gary Kurtz
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford: Han Solo
Carrie Fisher: Princess Leia Organa
Peter Cushing: Grand Moff Tarkin
Alec Guinness: Ben (Obi-wan) Kenobi
Executive Producer [1997 re-release]: George Lucas

Star Wars (1977)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Princess Leia Organa is captured by the evil imperial forces in their efforts to stamp out the last remnants of any resistance. Venturesome and orphaned Luke Skywalker and dashing but rogueish smuggler Han Solo, team together with robots R2-D2 and C-3PO to restore justice to the Universe.

9/10

“This is ridiculous.” – Han Solo

Often brilliant, often naïve, always spectacular, sometimes really stupid. All these things come together to make an undisputably great movie. Though Harrison Ford and Alec Guinness were both pretty sniffy about the movie, the fact is they both sell their characters perfectly and are critical to making the movie work on a dramatic, if not emotional, level. Also vital is John Williams’ Oscar-winning, arguably best ever, score. The most important thing? The visuals. Production design and special visual effects are, respectively, simple and complex, and always, always convincing, impressive and wonderful. What’s really fascinating is that the prequel trilogy would have all the same strengths and weaknesses as this original movie and would be slammed for them.

This movie contains violence, some gore.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

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