Star Wars

Star Wars ★★★★½

“It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs”
“Ever since the XP-38 came out, they’re just not in demand”
“Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars.”

It’s little wonder that Star Wars spawned the greatest franchise in movie history, with merchandise, books, TV shows, and games being produced for decades since its release. Everything about Star Wars suggests an intricate universe behind the primary narrative we see on screen. Quotes like those above provide glimpses of the rich details behind the story, and leaves us starving for more. We don’t have to know what an XP-38 is or what the Clone Wars are to buy those moments. In fact, the characters talking to each other in terms like this is exactly what makes us buy it. The Star Wars universe seems real, and we are lucky enough to just peek into one part of it.

Other thoughts:
-Lucas gets the scope just right here. There’s an enormous galactic war going on--but we’re confined to about 6 protagonists and 2 major antagonists. Each character gets his or her own unique personality and motivation.
-Like most of the best mega-blockbusters, it’s funny and serious at the same time. As with my recent re-watch of Jurassic Park, Star Wars is a lot funnier than I remember from being a kid. Han Solo is hilarious. Leia and Han’s ball-breaking is great.
-The characters don’t feel invincible. The team gets in some deep shit, and their escape seems anything but assured.

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