Yeah, so, I made it through the “Star Wars” prequels. This means I now get to watch the original trilogy, which makes me really happy, because I love the original trilogy. Obviously.
Sadly, I don’t own the ORIGINAL original trilogy. I own the “special edition” trilogy with all the extra shit that George Lucas added. The movies didn’t need all the extra digital creatures and added scenes. The movies were great just the way they were. Like a lot of folks, I would prefer to watch the non-special editions, the versions I grew up watching, because I don’t like things messing with my memories, but I don’t have those, so special edition it is.
I haven’t sat down and watched “Star Wars: A New Hope” in a while. It’s been several years, for sure. I know that Spike TV airs the “Star Wars” movies on a loop, and occasionally I’ll leave it on for a few minutes and watch a little of whatever movie from the original trilogy they’re showing. but not often. I’m not one of those “Star Wars” nerds that watches the “Star Wars” movies all the time, or reads the books, or watches “The Clone Wars.” My “Star Wars” nerdom is at a well-adjusted level … I think.
I love the movies. I have watched them countless times. I quote them. (“No reward is worth this” – something I say at work quite often.) I have a “Star Wars” ringtone. I have a framed “Star Wars” poster and random “Star Wars” statues and action figures throughout my house. I’m definitely a “Star Wars” goober.
So anyway, it’s time to watch “A New Hope,” which is the movie that spawned my first real movie star crush on Han Solo.
- That entrance by Darth Vader: It’s like a rock star entrance. “Hello people of Alderran! Are you ready to rock?” I remember being so frightened by Darth Vader as a kid. Little did I know that he’s just a burn victim with a broken heart.
- When Princess Leia is first brought before Darth Vader, doesn’t he know that she is his daughter? Wouldn’t the Force tell him that or something?
- Oh, sorry. Spoiler alert! Princess Leia and Luke are Darth Vaders’ kids.
- One of the things that works so well in “Star Wars” is, unlike the prequels, we can relate to Luke. He is as close as we get to an everyman in this movie, so other characters explain things such as the Force or hyperspace to him, but they are really describing it to us. It’s helpful. We could have used a character like that in the prequels.
- Han Solo is such a dreamy scoundrel.
- I wrote about my feelings on Han Solo shooting first riiight here. Short version: It’s bullshit, and it makes me angry. George Lucas had it right the first time, and he shouldn’t have changed it.
- I don’t like the added scene with Jabba the Hutt either. I always thought it was cool that we didn’t see Jabba until “Return of the Jedi.” He had been mentioned in the earlier films, and I remember thinking it was exciting that we finally got to see him in “Return of the Jedi.” Plus, in the added scene Han steps on him. WTF? Wouldn’t Jabba have him killed on the spot for such a thing?
- Carrie Fisher is so beautiful, and she’s a kickass Princess Leia.
- “Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.” – Han Solo with one of the best lines of dialogue ever, in my opinion.
- There is already an emotional weight behind the lightsaber fight between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but there is a lot more when you’ve seen the prequels. What’s great about that scene is it’s just a sword fight. The prequel lightsaber fights are all crazy choreography but none of the emotion – at least not until the final battle in “Revenge of the Sith.”
- Why doesn’t Chewbacca get a medal at the end of the movie? Racism!
- If I was in galaxy far, far away, I’d like to think that I’d be brave and awesome like Luke, Leia or Han Solo, but the truth is I’m C-3PO. I’m such a C-3PO.
- “Star Wars” is so fun and so well done that it’s difficult to believe that George Lucas wrote and directed it.