Film: Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope

Opened: May 25, 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse & James Earl Jones

The original film that launched an epic series lasting over 40 years, Star Wars may feel dated in parts but is just as thrilling as ever.

As Sith Lord Darth Vader (David Prowse & James Earl Jones) leads the Galactic Empire with their attack on the Galaxy, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) attempt to save Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) from his clutches.

Director/writer George Lucas created an incredible universe with this film and introduced us to some of the most memorable cinematic characters with this film. Even two characters who speak no English – Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) – are beloved.

Parts of the script are cringey at best, but the special effects hold up and allow you to be transported into a galaxy far, far away.

Final say: Transporting. ★★★★★

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