Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope Review
It's a bit difficult it's not easy, but try to picture an era prior to Star Wars. Put your head in your hands, think intensely, and then rewind those famous scrolling credits until you're left with the blackness. Good. In the dark, pre-enlightenment time, 20th Century Fox conducted some market research regarding their upcoming sci-fi action.
Researchers who had only an introduction and a brief summary of the film came up with alarming results: only males younger than 25 were interested to see a movie called Star Wars. Based on the research, Star Wars was deliberately designed to appeal to women and older cinemagoers. the human race was positioned as the main focus as the epic fairytale elements were highlighted in the advertising materials. The moment Star Wars came out in the summer of 1977, it was focus-grouped and it was a huge successeveryone went to the cinema.
In November, it had been able to take over Jaws on the charts of the most successful box office films and remained there up to Independence Day. The novelization has sold 2 million copies, and we're not even getting involved in the merchandise. What's the story? There's no way to attribute Star Wars' epoch-making, cultural-shifting success to a shrewd decision to feature princess Leia in the poster. The key is timing.
The 1970s, which was Hollywood's second golden era were characterized by the film-making of baby boomers, who made images that were intimate that were dark enough show the political turmoil of the post-Watergate era, post-Vietnam American. While The Exorcist and Jaws are acknowledged as having slammed some of the gates to that Blockbuster Age, these were not films for families. Star Wars was. George Lucas, feted after American Graffiti made $55 million from an $1.2 million cost, began creating his moralistic space-opera in 1973. He wrote the story for two two-and-a-half years in a basement that contained the Wurlitzer Jukebox as well as a portrait of Sergei Eisenstein, during which it was impossible for him to remember the spelling of the names of all the crazy characters (Wookiee changed every time the script was written). The story is said to have been based by the on the shrewd Han Solo (bearded, originally) on his friend Francis Coppola and Darth Vader on Richard Nixon.
Inspired by Joseph Campbell's writings about the power of mythology from the past, Lucas created a cosmic Western and which saw the "black hats" substituted in Vader along with the dark Empire and those "white hats" are portrayed by the farmer Luke Sky walker (Solo was the equivalent of the drunken gunman). Lucas his movie brat friends believed he was crazy in fact, at the end of the gruellingly challenging filming at Elstree Studios He likely ended up being.
In the meantime, in an old warehouse located near Van Nuys airport, the new Industrial Light And Magic had paid $5 million out of the $9.5 million budget, and had not produced one usable effect shot during the year they were working. Naturally, when it did happen, ILM redefined movie effects and the final film would redefine what it was like in "going to the images ". We know why Lucas was compelled to clean his trilogy prior to the huge, money-making 1997 reissue. However, it was a disturbing pattern to The Phantom Menace, where technology overpowered the story and characterisation.
Star Wars' timeless appeal is in its readily identifiable universal archetypes — characters to cheer for, villains to get booed or a princess that needs to save and so on and if it's evidently dated to the 70s due to its special effects then so be it. The stormtrooper is a favorite of all who smacks his head! To erase this digitally is a crime. Mark Hamill said he felt "like the raisin of the midst of a huge fruit salad" when he was making Star Wars; 20 years afterward, Liam Neeson almost retired from acting on screen after his experiences in The Phantom Menace. However, George Lucas does not make movies for actors His interest lies within The Star Wars myth, not the cult status of a Hollywood stars.
Isn't it funny it is that Star Wars remains a rewatchable classic due to their characters, and also the actors who play the characters (especially Ford, Fisher, and James Earl Jones). Sure, it's fun to snigger at the sluggish R2-D2 who flies around on the sand in the form of a wheelie bin however his distinctive Clucks and beeps are just as important to the character and the pacing that the movie has as is the exhilarating John Williams score. As it is difficult to recall the cinema of the past prior to Star Wars, it's impossible to watch the original film as a separate entity. It was 1977 and it wasn't Episode IV, it was an insular delight that made it acceptable to scream at the screen.