It’s Throwback Thursday! Since we just got the brand new Rogue One Trailer, we get stuck into Star Wars – A New Hope.

It’s the film that started the franchise, and it’s the one that captured the hearts of millions. There’s so many different ways audiences can read into it. The fact that the Imperials outfits are very reminiscent of Nazi uniforms and so on and so on. But on face value, it’s one of the best science fiction movies to ever grace our screens. And whilst the special effects might look a little dated sat next to the more recent instalments – cinema wouldn’t be the same without it.

The plot itself is relatively simple, save the princess, stop the Death Star and save the galaxy. But it’s also populated with wildly intriguing characters that are already strategically placed across the universe to serve a purpose during the story. The Jedi are only teased across the course of this film, but their lore and ideas play a huge part in the core of the film’s mythology. And whilst there is the generic battle of good and evil – the outcome of the fight proves to be unexpected and completely different from other films in the genre.

There’s a lot to love about this first film, and that’s largely down to the fact that as a stand alone film – it isn’t constrained by anything else. Obviously now it has three films before it, with another soon on the way. But as it first came to audiences it was brand new, and completely enthralling. And it’s easy to see why. It’s good versus evil in space, what’s not to love? The original ingenuity of George Lucas truly comes across throughout the film as we see his creativity come to life. With characters and scenes that earn their place in cinematic history, Star Wars – A New Hope will prove to be entertaining for years to come.

9.1 Cinematic History.

It's a film for all ages, and will prove to be entertaining for years to come.

  • Plot 9
  • Characters 10
  • Themes 8
  • Creative genius 9.5

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Eammon bounces between the North and South of England – investing his time in films & telly (when he's not writing for Heroes Direct)