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Darth Vader and his Galactic Empire rule with an iron fist throughout the galaxy, the Jedi Knights are all but extinct, and the Rebel Alliance is fighting in a struggle to overthrow the space tyranny and restore peace and freedom for its people. The galaxy's new hope, an orphaned Tatooine farmboy named Luke Skywalker, leads space rogue Han Solo, surviving Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, and two droids - R2-D2 and C-3PO - to rescue the imprisoned Princess Leia in the Death Star, the space weapon with enough power to destroy an planet entirely. The Rebel Alliance, meanwhile, is concentrating on destroying the weapon with their fleet of X-Wing fighters.
Directed by George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope features classic acting performances from the following cast:
1.) Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker)
2.) Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
3.) Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
4.) Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
5.) Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
6.) Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
7.) David Prowse (Darth Vader)
8.) James Earl Jones (Voice of Darth Vader)
9.) Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin)
10.) Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
11.) Denis Lawson (Wedge Antilles)
"May the Force be with you." As Han Solo quotes those words may the life of anyone who experienced the viewing of Star Wars as part of his/her life go on forever and always, whether the person is a fan or not, yet the Force is a blessing for them. Among of all the quotes spoken here in the movie everyone has got to remember that one mentioned and has to repeat it in their everyday lives. As a movie fan I would like to talk about my #1 favorite film title from my childhood years, and even today, I still enjoy watching it to recapture the viewing experience of it again and again. Officially titled as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, it's a classic tale of rebellion for its subplot of the anti-government resistance fighters and romance for its old need of nostalgia of watching Flash Gordon and the Wild West serials for the inner children of adults. During my first viewing of the film on TV at age 11, I had no idea that Star Wars was some sort of a modern-day fairy tale, given with elements such as knights, sword fights, and the rescue of a damsel in distress added along with a good opening crawl. I then fell in love with it and the sci-fi genre it was categorized in. Though superhero-dominated Saturday morning cartoons influenced my daydreaming fantasies, Star Wars actually helped me look to outer space and see how it would look like if different people fight over it while visiting alien worlds at the same time. In addition, there is a great instrumental music soundtrack composed by John Williams, the best I've ever heard on film - which is very dramatic and moving to fit in with the perfect action sequences.
If they are any real heroes of fiction that I can look up to in life, I can choose either Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, though I would like to go with both as they're my favorites of all time. The Skywalker character is the orphaned farmboy who looks up to the sky as he dreams of a great adventure up there while he is stuck in the harsh Tatooine desert landscape, while Solo is a combination of a courageous mercenary and a space pirate. For the latter I can see how Mr. Ford was made as an action hero here that its success would later earn him the leading Indiana Jones about four years later. The acting performances here were superb in theatrical quality, and I think that Star Wars almost works as an independent film for featuring a mostly unknown cast chosen over big-name stars of the time such as Jack Nicholson or Robert De Niro, although the only exception to that was the great Alec Guinness, whose Kenobi character as the strange, crazy wizard-like figure of the lonely hermit's nest.
Star Wars is a never-ending marathon of testing out the best special effects (SFX) that I've ever seen on film, including well-done sequences of laser shots and spacecraft flybys over or set against spectacular backgrounds. For the latter they looked real enough to fool us, and they appeared to look like cobbled up plastic model kits and not cheap cardboard cut-outs - and that's why I prefer SFX since 1977 over all that cheesy stuff that predated this movie. Even 2001: A Space Odyssey manufactured better SFX that I sometimes say that modern sci-fi films started with that, but here it was only the beginning of lowering filming costs and changing film-making technology with the use of computers through the efforts of THX, Skywalker Sound, and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). Without Star Wars and the success that followed it, would there still be later effects-laden titles like Avatar, The Lord Of The Rings, or The Matrix? Would there still be Pixar? It's hard for me to imagine a world where Star Wars never existed, and I know that sci-fi on film and TV would suck without their influences from there.
For everything that made space battles and space travel cool at the same time as possible I think of the simply known Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope as THE BEST MOVIE EVER from the genres of science fiction, fantasy, action/adventure, and the box office blockbuster - all of which are rolled into one epic story of both galactic mythology and modern folklore that won't be forgotten for centuries to come, not to mention that this is a film favorite among the geeks of the world. For those who haven't seen Star Wars yet, you should check it out what I call a highly recommended classic that no one should miss. You'll remember how one sci-fi film from the 1970s influenced modern-day cinema and pop culture forever.
Evil is everywhere. The Clone Wars are raging over the galaxy for three years. There are heroes on both Republic and Separatist sides and the evil droid-looking General Grievous attacks. Anakin Skywalker is haunted by nightmares of his wife Padme Amidala dying in childbirth, so he seeks Palpatine (a.k.a. Darth Sidious) for help and better counsel while challenging Obi-Wan Kenobi's authority, leading to his ascent to the dark side of the Force as Darth Vader. Over the galaxy, the silence of Sith oppression falls with the formation of the Galactic Empire out of the fragile Republic, but broken only the birth of future Rebel Alliance members Luke and Leia.
Directed by George Lucas, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith features classic acting performances from the following cast:
1.) Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
2.) Natalie Portman (Padme Amidala)
3.) Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader)
4.) James Earl Jones (The Voice of Darth Vader)
5.) Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious)
6.) Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu)
7.) Kenny Baker (R2-D2)
8.) Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
9.) Frank Oz (Yoda)
"The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural." Palpatine seemed to be the perfect, although diabolical in appearance, father figure to a disillusioned Anakin with his torn loyalties between the Jedi Order and that of his wife. And as the Dark Lord of the Sith tells of such darkly advice to his new apprentice he really twisted the young Skywalker's mind as if the latter is selling his soul to the devil. After 28 years since the release of the first Star Wars, it was an exciting moment for fans everywhere that Sith happens as the Sith hits the fan with the sixth and final installment of the film series. Since the release of The Phantom Menace in 1999, I had anticipated for Anakin's descent into the dark side, and six years later, I was so glad to experience it theatrically twice and when purchasing the DVD during its release. The action sequences are beyond excellent with special effects (SFX) that created great space battles and - in the best movie moment ever - the long epic, fierce lightsaber duel between Anakin and Obi-Wan. And so are the acting performances - I thank Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman for being the film saga's best romantic couple here. The storyline quality performs way better than the previous two episodes for a dark, scary story - which is why Episode III is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and intense images while all other five episodes are rated PG. Straight from the Flixster Top 50, I think of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith as definitely THE BEST MOVIE EVER in the genres of action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy and the box office blockbuster, and I also pick it as my favorite film of 2005. With Star Wars: Episode III being part of this space opera saga at its finest, I'll watch it all over again for the classic action, adventure, and SFX that would blow my mind away. So my friends, what the heck are you waiting for? Don't miss everything out.