I watched A New Hope a couple of days ago and found myself once again wowed by the fact that this was the first Star Wars movie. George Lucas is an absolutely brilliant writer, creating a story that still hasn’t been replicated to this day.
There are a lot of things about this film that displays why this movie ascended to instant fandom but the most brilliant about this film is its attention to detail and it’s lived-in qualities. Unlike most science-fiction movies, there are no stark clean settings or futuristic worlds that feel fictional. Star Wars is set in a world with buildings that look like they’ve been around for hundreds of years, clunky ships and casual garments, normal hairstyles and not-that-special-looking weapons (besides the lightsabers of course.)
Our primary characters are also characters that have been through things. C-3PO and R2-D2 are droids who have been through wars and have known each other for an x amount of years. “Ben” Kenobi was a Jedi Knight during the battle of the Clone Wars, a fact elaborated upon in the film nearly three decades before Attack of the Clones would enter theaters. Darth Vader is a fallen Jedi Knight and was once a pupil of Kenobi’s. Han Solo has had a run-in with Jabba the Hutt and has had plenty of past excursions with the Empire. Leia, a nineteen-year-old princess, is a leader of the Rebellion. And so on and so on. The only character whose story is truly beginning is Luke Skywalker.
Lucas perfectly introduces us to the galaxy and all of the mystical occurrences throughout the galaxy through Luke’s eyes, as he is learning all of this for the first time right alongside us.
Suddenly, we’re caught up in a grand adventure that would end up leading to ten more movies, a bunch of television series, games and novels, and countless characters that have managed to touch our hearts, in one way or another.
Yes, Star Wars got better over the years but Lucas’ vision of the story was solid from the beginning and his style of storytelling is personally inspiring, being the aspiring screenwriter that I am. If you want to know what perfect movie-making is…just look at A New Hope.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.