Star Wars. Episode IV: A New Hope
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Welcome to Spinnaker’s History of Star Wars! To celebrate the upcoming release of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we are looking back at the past seven episodes as well as Rogue One all leading up to the review of the new movie. Every day from Dec. 7 to Dec. 15 a new review will be posted. So enjoy, and may the force be with you. Always.
A long time ago, in 1977, a cinematic phenomenon erupted. 40 years later, its shockwave continues to pervade society and culture, affecting generations young and old.
Star Wars (later given the subtitle A New Hope) debuted on May 25 to success that would far surpass expectations. Mastermind George Lucas already had two critically acclaimed films (THX 1138, American Graffiti) under his belt, but Star Wars spawned the saga that has defined his career since. For the few who don’t know, the story goes like this:
An isolated farm boy named Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) lives on the desert wasteland planet of Tatooine with his uncle Owen (Phil Brown) and Aunt Beru (Shelagh Fraser), his parents’ identities a mystery. His path intersects with two droids, C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) trying to transport stolen plans of an ungodly superweapon to a princess (Carrie Fisher), seeking to help destroy it.