Runtime: 2 Hours
and 5 Minutes
It's unfair, really. Any review I can possibly give for this movie,
which is one of my all-time favorites, can never bring myself nor
the reader back in time to when I saw this movie in its original run.
What I can tell you is that, as a kid, "Star Wars" was life.
It was more than a movie. It was THE movie. A legend. When I first
saw this movie, I told all my friends. I told my parents' friends.
I told all my distant relatives. I wanted to get the word out. Here
I am, four years old...five tops...and I was completely swept away
by this movie.
And the images. Sitting in that theater when the Star Destroyer powers
by overhead. Amazing. The funky cantina scene with its odd music.
Lightsabers. I mean, come on, how cool, right? And that final scene,
where we all knew Luke had it in him to blow that Death Star to kingdom
Years later, my enthusiasm for this movie has dwindled little, if
any. It's a simple story: Princess kidnapped by evil forces, a young
farmboy thrown into intergalactic civil war because of a message carried
by a droid, a master who teaches about a mysterious force, and how
that force is used to defeat evil in the end.
But this movie is elegant in its simplicity. The dialogue is corny
at times. The performances are barely passable. But, these movies
aren't about making the next "Citizen
Kane". These movies are about fun, whether it be cheering
for the good guys during a laser battle in space or marveling at the
sight of the Death Star laying waste to Alderaan.
Like all the "Star Wars" movies, this one appeals to a wide
variety of people. Kids love these movies. Adults love these movies.
Male and female alike flock to see these movies. They're not overly
serious, but not overly cornball either.
It's not often you can describe a movie this way. But the entire Star
Wars trilogy fits this description. And that's why they'll be remembered
well into the 21st century.