Tuesday, May 5, 2015

31 Day Star Wars Challenge, Day 5: Favorite Movie in the Original Series

Like I said yesterday, my father introduced me to Star Wars, and we definitely bonded the first time we watched it together. My dad isn't necessarily the most emotively expressive person in the world (and that's an understatement), so seeing him excited about something that I was interested in was a lot of fun. As I got older, we'd talk for hours about the saga, from cool shots to moral implications to plot holes, but the one that actually got that whole thing started was Episode IV.

Via Comic Book Resources
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. 

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