Star Wars: A New Hope

The original series of Star Wars paved the way for most sci-fi films of the time, both in the way the story was told, as well as the CGI used by ILM. Even most of the main characters have inspired different character archetypes over time. Even most of the minds involved had no clue that Star Wars would reach the success it did, but were, of course, pleasantly surprised.

Star Wars: A New Hope is where it all began a long time ago in a galaxy far far away…

A song that marks one of the most unforgettable movie scores to date begins to play, and a crawl starts up, setting the stage of what’s happening-a civil war rags between Rebels and the Imperials.  The Rebels want to steal plans for the Imperial’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star, which is an armed space station the size of a small planet. Princess Leia, who has the plans, is attempting to get home in order to save her people. The movie itself begins, opening with a battle in space between the two opposing forces. The droids C-3PO and R2-D2 struggle to stay upright as their Rebel ship is attacked. Imperials begin to board it. Soldiers on both sides fight, and eventually Darth Vader boards the ship and goes to work finding out what happens to the plans- and where Princess Leia is. C-3PO and R2-D2 escape in the fray, and R2 finds Leia, who installs the plans into R2 and records a message that’s to be delivered to Obi-Wan Kenobi. The droids continue on their way and eventually escape to a desert planet where they’re captured by Jawas. Back with Darth Vader, he interrogates Leia and demands that the plans be given back. She refuses. C3-PO and R2 are eventually sold to Owen Lars, who takes them home to his wife and Luke Skywalker. As he cleans them, Luke comes across Leia’s message. He tells Owen and Beru about it, but Owen shoots him down. Later, Luke learns more about the droids and that R2 is trying to find Obi-Wan Kenobi, and has left on its own. Luke says it’s too late to look for him now, but they set off in the morning, only to get attacked by Tusken Raiders.  An old man comes to their aid, and after a long conversation and Luke saying they’re looking for Obi-Wan Kenobi  and if he knows him, the man replies with one of the most famous lines, and perhaps one of my top favorites: “Of course I know him- he’s me.” Obi-Wan brings them to his home and explains he knew Luke’s father was murdered by Darth Vader/ He gives Luke his father’s lightsaber, and explains how the Force works. R2 plays his message for Obi Wan, and Obi-Wan agrees to help get her to safety, suggesting Luke helps  with it.  At first, Luke refuses- he can’t leave his aunt and uncle. They travel to a city to get Obi-Wan transport to go after Leia. Along the way they find a Jawa ship destroyed by Imperial forces. Luke, realizing they’re after 3PO and R2, which would lead them to Owen and Beru and put them in danger. They’re too late. Owen and Beru have been killed. Luke returns to Obi-Wan,  agreeing to accompany him to save Leia, because there is nothing left for him there, and that he wants to become a Jedi.

Luke, Obi Wan and the droids travel to Tatooine with the two droids to find someone to take them to Alderaan. They arrive at the Cantina. After a scuffle Luke has with a couple of alients that Obi-Wan resolves, the group meet Han Solo and Chewbacca. After bartering on payment, Solo agrees. Eventually they get going, and the Imperials are on their tail. At the docking bay, Solo is confronted by Jabba the Hutt and the pair discuss a debt that needs to be owed.  The Imperials arrive and attack, but the group manages to escape.  Back with Vader, they threaten Princess Leia to give them information on the plans, but she refuses. With the heroes again, Obi-Wan begins to train Luke in the ways of the force. The Imperials find them and one of the most popular chase scenes in film history takes place within an asteroid field. The heroes escape the Imperials, only to be hacked by the Death Star and the station pulls them into the docking bay.  Han and Luke set out to find means of escape and find it by knocking out two storm troopers and donning their gear while Obi-Wan tries to override the system keeping the ship there.  When R2 informs Han and Luke that Princess Leia is aboard the station, they set up a rescue mission.  They find her with some difficulty, and Leia takes over, herding them into a garbage chute- right into a garbage compactor. After managing to fight off a creature living in the muck, the walls of the compactor suddenly start to compress. R2 manages to shut it down just in time. Meanwhile, Vader senses Obi-Wan and goes to find him.  Luke and Han take off the storm trooper armor but hold onto the weapons and head back for the ship, but are intercepted by Imperials and have to split up. They all manage to hold their own. Vader finds Obi-Wan and the pair start up a fight that seems to have been years in the making. Kenobi senses that his friends have regrouped and made it safely to the ship, and makes the ultimate sacrifice to give them more time. Luke is shaken, but the group manages to escape once again.

They leave quickly, but are convinced the Imperials let them go in order to follow them back to the Rebels. Luke is shaken, but Leia manages to pull him out of his trance. They arrive back at the Rebel base, and prepare a return attack for the Imperials, planning to take down the Death Star. Han refuses to join them. Luke joins the rebel fighters and they go on their way. A shootout happens, with most of the Rebels being killed in the process.  Luke is eventually alone against Vader , guided only by Obi-Wan’s voice.  Luke uses the force to target the weak point on the station. Han shows up in the Falcon to assist, and because of the distraction, Vader is taken out of the fight. Luke fires on the Death Star and the remaining fighters race away just as the station explodes. Vader regroups with the Imperials. Luke, Han and Leia reunite and return for a celebration in their honor, and Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are awarded medals for bravery.

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