A Galaxy Changed: Looking Back on ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away we fell in love with George Lucas’ Star Wars (which would later be titled Star Wars: A New Hope) and we haven’t fallen out of love with it since. But, as with all great movies, there had to be a reason to the fan craze that developed immediately after.

Millions around the world wish they could step into the mind of Lucas as he first conceptualized the unforgettable C-3PO, R2D2, and Luke Skywalker, who was actually named Luke Starkiller during the beginning stages of filming. It wasn’t until Mark Hamill, who has reprised his role as Skywalker in every sequel, had already filmed several scenes with the name Starkiller that they decided to change it.

We can look at all these decisions all we want, but it is certainly more than just the characters we find ourselves craving more of 40 years later. We crave the thrill of Han Solo flying the millennium falcon, the shrill of lightsabers clashing, the bird-like chirps released from R2D2’s blue robotic body, and the incredible story that makes up not only A New Hope but the entire franchise.

When looking at the first film and the actual good qualities behind it, they truly are easy to find. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and Hamill as Luke Skywalker create an unstoppable trio – believe me, I’m not forgetting Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), he was unbeatable as well – that surely everyone on Earth (and the galaxy for that matter) should know better than to mess with.

The acting is as you would expect from a 1977 Sci-Fi flick, but even that is done well. I’ve never seen a group of otherwise average actors pull off ‘average’ so well! They do this with the extraordinary help of the set and cinematography that can never be repeated quite as brilliantly as it was in this. If you were living in ‘77, chances are you hadn’t seen so many aliens, planets, and spaceships on the silver screen in your life.

Known as one of the best scores of the 21st century, it’s one of the few movies where the music has an absolute impact on its level of enjoyability as you watch Luke Skywalker explore the ways of the Jedi and – more importantly – the seemingly impossible ways around the Force.

Star Wars: A New Hope was the beginning of a journey with no termination point. It flipped Hollywood upside down and spun it around until it was knocked unconscious and woke up with millions of beyond dedicated fans who couldn’t get enough of what would forever become the most well-known galaxy far, far away.


My Rating: 92%

Acting: 3.4/4

Cinematography: 3.8/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.7/4

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