Monday, November 5, 2012

Movie Monday: Star Wars

I mean, come on. After the news last week about Disney buying out George Lucas, was I ever going to watch anything else??? (To clarify: when I say Star Wars, I mean Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. But that title is FAR too complicated.)
Reasons why Star Wars is awesome:
1. Harrison Ford as Han Solo. He's perfect for the role. 
2. The opening. Who doesn't love the whole words flying through space with epic music over the top of them thing?
3. Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. She may have ridiculous hair, but she's awesome.
4. The music. Thank you, John Williams.
5. R2-D2. Apparently he was originally meant to speak English and have a really questionable vocabulary, hence some of C-3PO's reactions.
6. Light sabres. Awesomeness.
7. Darth Vader. The creepy breathing, the voice of James Earl Jones, the billowy cloak of doom. It's all awesome.
8. The Millennium Falcon.
9. Mark Hamill. I have to say, I'm not really a fan of Luke Skywalker. He's kind of a pain in the butt. That said, Mark Hamill is great in this role.
10. Obi-Wan's Jedi mind tricks on the storm troopers in Mos Eisley.
11. Alec Guinness.
12. Double sunsets.
13. Unexpected attack by sand person. 
14. The Death Star.
15. The cantina scene.
16. Chopped off hands. It sets up a nice theme for all the movies that follow.
17. Chewbacca.
18. The fight scene between Vader and Obi-Wan.

19. For something that came out 35 years ago, it's aged surprisingly well.
20. The scene in the garbage compactor.
21. Billowy cloaks of doom.
22. The shooting locations - everything from the Tunisian desert to Tikal.
23. X-wing fighters.
24. The scene where Chewie scares a mouse droid.
25. Vader spinning off into space after the Death Star explodes.
26. Stormtroopers. They're clearly not the brightest minions in the galaxy, but they're pretty iconic.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damn fool idealistic crusade like your father did." "What is it?" "Your father's light saber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times... before the Empire."
- "Boy, it's lucky you have these compartments." "I use them for smuggling. I never thought I'd be smuggling myself in them. This is ridiculous."
- "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."
- "Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal." "What happened?" "Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?" "We're sending a squad up." "Uh, uh... negative, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous." "Who is this? What's your operating number?" "Uh...[shoots the intercom] Boring conversation, anyway. LUKE, WE'RE GONNA HAVE COMPANY!"
- "I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now *I* am the master." "Only a master of evil, Darth.
- "That's no moon. That's a space station!"
- "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
- "The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."
- "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid."
- "Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy."
- "Han Solo. I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Alderaan system?" "Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship." "Fast ship? You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?" "Should I have?" "It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you, old man. What's the cargo?" "Only passengers. Myself, the boy, two droids... and no questions asked." "What is it? Some kind of local trouble?" "Let's just say we'd like to avoid any Imperial entanglements."
- "Look, Your Worshipfulness, let's get one thing straight. I take orders from just one person: me." "It's a wonder you're still alive. Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way??" "No reward is worth this."
- "The Force is strong with this one."
- "Let me see your identification." "You don't need to see his identification." "We don't need to see his identification." "These aren't the droids you're looking for." "These aren't the droids we're looking for." "He can go about his business." "You can go about your business." "Move along." "Move along... move along."
- "Use the Force, Luke."
- "You don't believe in the Force, do you?" "Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen *anything* to make me believe that there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. 'Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense."
- "She's rich." "Rich?" "Rich, powerful. Listen, if you were to rescue her, the reward would be..." "What?" "Well, more wealth than you can imagine!" "I don't know, I can imagine quite a bit."
- "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
- "I'm Luke Skywalker, I'm here to rescue you!" "You're who?"

So, are you excited about Disney buying out George Lucas? Or are you dreading another Jar-Jar Binks debacle?? (Also, does anybody else feel like Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon were major influences in Joss Whedon's creation of Mal Reynolds and the Serenity??)

K xx


  1. Some items:

    I LOVE STAR WARS. To be clear, the original three movies. Those prequels were pieces of shit.

    I used to have hair about down to my waist. The Halloween before I chopped it all off, I dressed up as Princess Leia, complete with the funny hairdo, made from my real hair. It was AWESOME.

    Also, my former drama teacher in high school is an awesome English dude who used to belong to the RSC, and is also a musician who played on the soundtrack for Star Wars.

    1. I concur about the prequels. They're terrrrrrrrible.

      Also, please tell me there are pictures of you with Princess Leia hair???

  2. I have a confession to make.
    (...oh God!)

    I have to tell you that I have -- wait for it! -- never seen Star Wars.

    ::shields self from being slapped::

    I know, I KNOW. I suck times infinity.

    And that sound you just heard? YEAH, that was the sound of the universe imploding because I've never seen it.

    It's always been a "I must see it" thing that I've never gotten around to. I don't know which is worse, though, this or the fact that Yogi has yet to see The Godfather 1 and 2[!!!].


    1. I must confess, I've never seen The Godfather 2. So I guess we're both guilty on this one!

  3. I own this trilogy on both VHS and DVD (ah, obsolete technology). IT IS MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE EVERYTHING OF EVER.

    But I waited until last year to see Episode 1. I wish I had waited until I was dead. I'm just going to assume the next three will be worse...

    1. I wish I'd lasted that long without seeing Episode 1. SIGH.

      Also? This makes me happy, because I would never have picked you for a Star Wars fan! Although given your love of all things space related, I don't know why I'm surprised :)

  4. Long live the original series. I watched Episode I and only made it through half of Episode II before I gave up on them. The old one's are the only real deal.

    The movies never fail to put a smile on may face especially considering their age and the fact that they are still awesomeness filled with even more awesome!
    I mean, Princess Leia, Han Solo and all the great things you named above are the greatest. I wish I had my own R2-D2, he is the cutest. And I like that he just makes these weird sounds, makes it even funnier when C3PO responds to what must have been a crass word the way he does. Oh...and don't get me started on light sabers...I want a goddamn lightsaber fight!! Who's in??

    And bless Disney for buying out Lucas Films, now Princess Leia can teach those regular Disney princesses what it's like to be a badass Princess, blasting guns and all! WOHOOO!

    1. Episode 3 wasn't AS terrible as Episodes 1 and 2, but it wasn't far off...

      And YES to Leia teaching the Disney princesses how to be badasses!!

  5. Fun Fact #1: That scene with the random attack by the sand know how he like hits Luke and then makes his crazy sand person noise over and over again while raising the mahoozit above his head? Yea...he actually only did that once. They just effectively force-skipped the film to get it over and over again.

    Fun Fact #2: That scene when the storm troopers come into the place where C3PO and R2D2 hide and of the storm troopers totally hits his head on the door.


    1. I knew about fun fact #2, but only because when they released the remastered versions, there was a big kefuffle over the fact that they added in a "thunk" noise! I did NOT know about fun fact #1 though!!


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