Starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, James Earl Jones, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels

Kicking off the Star Wars phenomenon is A New Hope, featuring a restless but inexperienced Luke Skywalker (Hamill) set off on a quest with Obi-Wan, or Old Ben, Kenobi to deliver a message that could turn the tide for the Rebels in war against the Empire. Every character seems to be an icon: Luke, Solo, Obi-Wan, Leia, Chewbacca, C3PO, R2D2, and of course Darth Vader (best film villain ever?). The first film in the original trilogy remains to me the Star Wars zenith. As an adventure film, as escapism, it’s perfect.

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