And now we’ve reached a movie that everyone has seen. If you haven’t seen it, you’re lying. You may think it’s a piece of sophomoric claptrap with no-talent actors and a pathetic script and hackneyed special effects, or you may think it’s the greatest film of this past generation. Probably somewhere in the middle, though.
I’ve watched this film countless times but I’ve never tried to observe it critically. It’s always been a simple enjoyment, a Saturday-afternoon-popcorn movie where you cheer for the good guys, boo the bad guys, sit on the edge of your seat, and have a smile on your face when the movie ends. It’s chock full of homages, influences, and references, and it’s been the recipient of more acknowledgements in other films than anything else I can think of.
Some people would point at Joseph Campbell’s “Universal Myth” and show how Star Wars follows the same plot points - call to adventure, refusal of the call, supernatural aid, various thresholds, etc - and they’ve got a good point. Others would argue that it’s not science fiction, it’s a SPACE OPERA DAMNIT. Maybe it’s an allegory to Vietnam, how the technologically-reliant superpower was defeated by guerrilla forces, and how Luke gives us an example of a heroic fighter battling for a just cause.
Maybe I’m just pissed at how Lucas edited the Special Edition to make Greedo shoot first. The deus ex machina of Solo’s return and redemption is made more powerful in context of the cold-blooded murder. You got it wrong, Lucas, you got it wrong!
So. How do you guys view this movie?