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It's really more of a sentimentalism that makes this my favorite of the originals. The Empire Strikes Back is undoubtedly more mature and better directed (the Kersh is a genius), and there is a higher emotional stake in Return of the Jedi. But A New Hope is very much the embodiment of what Star Wars is: a fun space opera that gives you an Everyman to root for. This is the kind of movie my grandmother wants to see: a higher power enables the overwhelmed good guys to beat the black-clad baddies; a worldly, disconnected man realizes the good deep inside him; and a princess basically rescues herself, although with a little help from some hapless dudes. A New Hope treads lightly on darkness - a theme that the other two movies decide to delve into to varying degrees of success - but chooses to remain as lighthearted as possible, trying to fit in the all-ages category. It's kind of like comfort food for me. Having a bad day? Put in the A New Hope DVD (or watch Parks and Recreation). Needing proof that the whole of humanity is not scum? Watch A New Hope. You get the idea.