BySteven Belknap, writer at
Over the decade my interest in films has grown to where I would like to express how movies are an influence and a reflection of our society
Steven Belknap

Star Wars A New Hope (The Original)

There is a reason why this movie is still iconic in nature. This movie was a game changer in Hollywood and many people tried to follow suit. It also has some of the most iconic shots ever seen. For me the most iconic shot in the whole film is Luke looking out at the setting twin suns of Tatooine. There are many more iconic shots and many quotable moments while at the same time so many mistakes (primarily from the Storm Troopers). It also has one of the greatest villains ever to be put in front of camera. Darth Vader. Now if you have never seen the prequels but only seen the original then you would still think that, but due to the prequels, he was neutered a bit, but he I still think he is quite menacing looking. This movie is so iconic that its actually difficult because there are so many things you could say about it. Ignoring the nostalgia glasses and fanboyness, looking at the movie alone and the year that is was made I would still say that the movie is quite good. This movie may not have been the first sci fi or even the first space opera, but it was one of the first that was done well. It introduces typical characters but in a new setting. A young hero (Luke), a princess (Leia), a smuggler (Han), smuggler's friend (Chewie), a mentor (Obi-Wan), the comic relief (C3PO and R2D2) and a menacing villain (Darth Vader). The plot is not that complex, rescue a princess and defeat the villain or at least slow him down. The most important aspects that made this film iconic was it simple plot and its setting. It made things quite interesting. Overall even with a relatively simple plot the movie is still quite good and deserves a score of a 9 out of 10.


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