16 March 2014

Star Wars


Star Wars 1977
  • Director: George Lucas
  • Based on book: No
  • Cast: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones (Darth Vader’s voice, uncredited!), Shelagh Fraser
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Harrison Ford – The Fugitive, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones. Working Girl, The Mosquito Coast, Blade Runner, Apocalypse Now, Witness
    • Carrie Fisher – When Harry Met Sally, Blues Brothers
    • Alec Guinness  A Handful of Dust, Kafka, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge over the River Kwai, Oliver Twist
    • Shelagh Fraser - A Family at War
  • Why? Liked it the first time. It’s a classic
  • Seen:  Once before.  Now: March 14, 2014
       Oh, just the music!   I’ve only seen this once before, quite a lot of years ago and quite a lot of years after its release but the music is etched into my very system.
       As are R2-D2 and 3-CPO. And Darth Vader.
       The evil Empire has taken over the Universe and destroyed the Republic and the Jedi rebellion. Enter Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. And the Force! And Han Solo, a very macho and young Harrison Ford.  And poor noble courageous Princess Leia in the clutches of the evil Darth Vader.
       Well, you know the story.  Such as it is.  It is an extremely silly movie with no acting skills to speak of.  I’d remembered it as somewhat more…serious?  Meaningful? Something other than silly anyway.  How very old-fashioned it seems, how very 1950-ish. Of course it is almost forty years old, but still. High tech though it was at the time it was still just a parody of old space adventures.
       And you know what?  I enjoy it tremendously.  Even though it’s just one long boy toy full of infantile adolescent male stereotype fantasies. It’s cute and quaint and funny and all those incredibly imaginative alien creatures are hilarious. The bar scene is a classic, a real moment of cinematic history.
       May the Force be with you.

3 * of 5

PS I had to end it that way. You do understand that, don’t you?
      
        

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