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Few movies have had an enormous impact on both the film industry and pop culture, but 1977’s Star Wars, a.k.a. Episode IV: A New Hope, can count itself on that short list. Because of its unprecedented success, it kicked off a blockbuster franchise that spawned TV shows, video games, books, comics, and more. However, even with its immense status, it’s not safe from earning an Honest Trailer. It claims that Star Wars, or as they call it, Star Wars: The First One, isn’t without its issues, but take a look for yourself.
Rather than start off making fun the actual movie, the Screen Junkies team gets in an easy dig at George Lucas for creating the Prequel Trilogy. From there, though, their focus is one everything iconic about, and by iconic, they mean to the point that every single thing that appears on screen has its own extensive Wikipedia entry. From there, the mocking is directed at the main characters, like how Luke Skywalker’s whining is similar to Anakin’s in Attack of the Clones (like father, like son), or how Darth Vader sounded lame when David Prowse was doing the voice before James Earl Jones lent the character his legendary pipes. Yeah, without Jones’ baritone voice, the Dark Lord of the Sith wouldn’t have be nearly as intimidating.
After laying into the characters and the ineptness of stormtroopers (seriously, does the Imperial training program pass everyone with flying colors?), the video goes into the common complaint from many hardcore fans: Lucas’ tinkering. Yes, despite Star Wars being a technological achievement for its time, the creator of the franchise spent the following decades adding modern visual effects to it and the other Original Trilogy entries. That’s bad enough, but on top of that, the original cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi haven’t been made available for purchase since the ‘90s, though that may soon change (fingers crossed). Even so, we don’t need a random alien walking in front of Luke’s land speeder or Han meeting with a poor CGI Jabba.
Despite these nitpicks, few legitimate complaints and innuendo (yes, you can even twist Star Wars lines to sound sexual), A New Hope is still a triumph of cinema, and while many consider Empire Strikes Back to be the best of all the movies, the first of the saga will always be unique in its own way. Oh, and full disclosure, it may not be as action-packed as their fight on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith, but unlike this Honest Trailer, I think Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader’s lightsaber duel still holds up on an emotional level.
The Star Wars franchise is now experiencing a revitalization under the Disney banner with a new trilogy (kicking off with Star Wars: The Force Awakens), spinoff movies (starting with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and other media projects. So, faults aside, A New Hope will forever be cemented in cinema history. Plus, there’s at least one thing Star Wars fans can all agree on one thing: Han. Shot. First.