What's Wrong With Star Wars: A New Hope, According To Kevin Smith

We love CinemaSins. We also love Star Wars. So when CinemaSins sets their sights on the original movie, we’re all in. It’s like the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups of YouTube videos. Two great tastes that taste great together. As if they needed to up the ante anymore, they brought in professional geek Kevin Smith to help out.

At the end of the complete film run through CinemaSins actually praises Kevin Smith for much of the channel's popularity due to a tweet he sent about them early in their run. It’s for that reason that they wanted to bring in the writer/director, who’s as well known for being a Star Wars fanatic as anything else. While Smith’s style of sinning is not the same that fans may be used to, the guy is no less funny and points out some of the movies biggest flaws, such as the point early in the film when a couple of Imperial gunners could have ended the entire trilogy by blowing up a single escape pod.

Unless this is the first day that droids were released to an unsuspecting buying public everyone in the galaxy knows about droids and their capabilities. But they just let the escape pod go because of ‘no life forms.’ They don’t even want to shoot the thing down just to be safe, man. These guys are the biggest f*ck-ups in ALL THE STAR WARS MOVIES.

Much of Smith’s focus is based around the idea that many of these Imperials must be on their first day at work, because anybody experienced beyond that would not have made the terrible decisions that so many of them do. The highlight of Smith’s work, however, has to be the rib he gets to make against his buddy Ben Affleck. In talking about the famously terrible line where Luke Skywalker complains about not being able to go to Tosche Station Smith says:

Alright, every right-thinking human being on the planet is gonna sin this awkward line and its equally sinnable reading. Heavens, we were looking for some Damon here and we got some Affleck instead.

The YouTube comment section is behaving very much like a YouTube comment section and not cutting Smith a lot of slack. Still, his jokes are funny, just different, and he isn’t actually in that much of the video, so even if you don’t care for his style the video is still good. Check out everything wrong with Star Wars.

No movie is without sin according to the channel’s tagline, and that includes one of the most popular films of all time. We’re hoping that they take aim at a few more of the entries in the Star Wars saga as we enter the home stretch leading into the release of The Force Awakens, it may make the wait slightly more tolerable.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.