Through Until New Years Eve I’m going to be summarising my thoughts about all 8 Theatrical Star Wars movies released, culminating with me saying words about The Last Jedi on New Years Day (Fucking wild, party animal that I am) And by 8, I do mean everything before Last Jedi, which includes Rogue One.
Real quick, carrying on from the end of my tangent on Rogue One, the decision to completely forego an opening text crawl really impacts now as we get the first one here. Reading as a perfect summary of the spin-off and giving us an even greater knowledge of the stakes that the Rebels are facing and… Oooooo. That giddy feeling just keeps getting bigger.
Anyhow, onto A New Hope proper.
This is the movie that started it all, George Lucas’ vision of a Galaxy Far Far Away, A long, long time ago, and it’s pretty good.
Luke’s a bit of a cum gargle early on… actually, throughout the whole movie itself really, which is a bit of an issue when he’s the main character you’re hinging your entire franchise off of him, but thankfully Han and Leia are there to balance that out, bandying about some of the strongest chemistry between actors ever put to film, selling the ass-kicking Rebel Princess and the smarmy Smuggler.
Actually, that’s a point that applies to the whole production really. Even regardless of a fairly cheesy script alot of the actors really strut their stuff across the movie, leading to the viewer just sort of not caring about the overall janks in the narrative.
Oh, except for the Trash Compactor Scene, that can go sit of a rusty chainsaw, it is just the worst, breaking the pacing and having zero impact on the rest of the overall story. Remove it and you lose absolutely nothing from the context of the movie.
Now while I don’t want to be too hard on a movie from the 70’s, using narrative tropes that hadn’t exactly been cliche at the time… but yeah, its kind of rote by this point.
Honestly, I kind of respect Revenge of the Sith’s story telling risks even more in the face of just how… eh New Hope is, because even if the pieces didn’t fall into place at least there was some effort put in to trying to do something interesting with the narrative.
But that’s not exactly fair. A New Hope’s story isn’t bad, just a little boring is all.
Oh, also, C-3PO needs to just shut up. I swear, anyone going into Phantom Menace and being surprised by Jar Jar existing, I need to draw your attention back to the original trilogy, and point to C-3PO for all of the hindsight you really needed to guess towards the existence of some sort of obnoxious comic relief in the movie.
So yeah, not a fan of 3PO. Sue me, I suppose. I could really care less.