Sooner or later it had to happen, once I started reviewing movies I’d seen before as my “Saturday Replay” it was only a matter of time before I decided to watch and review Star Wars, and with the recent news surrounding Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, I figured there was no time like the present.
I don’t know if I have a single “favorite movie” any more, there’s just so much good stuff out there, and I’ve seen movies that are so good for so many different reasons, that they’re hard to compare, much less rank. That said, for most of my life I did have a favorite movie, and it was Star Wars. I don’t remember the first time I saw the movie. I do remember that we had a VHS recording of the February, 1984 CBS broadcast that I watched so much I’m surprised the tape didn’t break. I’ve definitely seen it more times than any other movie.
I’ve been sitting here contemplating this review for a while now, and honestly, I’m not sure how to go about it. How am I supposed to review a movie that has essentially been entirely absorbed by and largely forms the basis of popular culture. There’s surprisingly little that I can think to write here that hasn’t been expounded upon time and again over the the past 35 years. I think it’d be pointless to take the time to take the time to run down who’s in the movie, or even to summarize the plot. If you somehow aren’t familiar with this, do yourself a favor, and go out and just watch the film. The film’s masterstroke is the way that it incorporates what is essentially a by the numbers fantasy storyline into a science-fiction setting. A science-fiction setting that didn’t look anything like the sci-fi movies that had come before it. George Lucas replaced the gleaming sets of typical sci-fi productions for a “used universe,” and conceived the film as if it were a part of an ongoing serial, creating a sense of a bigger universe and a greater story surrounding his characters. There should be no doubt that Star Wars is a must see.