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45 years ago, George Lucas peaked with the least Star Wars-esque movie ever

Imagine there is no Empire. Before the Star Wars series, there were only Star Wars. Over the decades, an odd dogma has emerged that the 1977 film, while brilliant, was simply the beginning of a much larger world. Many believed that the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, according to conventional dogma, is supposed to improve on and top the original. But when we look back 45 years Star Wars, what if it is not correct? What if the Star Wars franchise really culminated with Episode IV: New Hope?

From a certain point of view, this is why the Star Wars saga continues to try (and fail) to reclaim the magic of A new hope.

Star Wars Before “A New Hope”

Original poster for “Star Wars”.LMPC/LMPC/Getty Images

When it was released in 1977, Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope not called that at all. The opening text crawl begins with “It was the Civil War,” without the familiar episode numbers and subtitles. The reason for this is simple: Star Wars becoming “Episode IV” is a retroactive move for George Lucas, the first of his many revisions to the entire Star Wars saga. It wasn’t until 1981, after The Empire Strikes Back, that Star Wars was re-released in theaters with the subtitle “Episode IV: A New Hope” added to the opening text crawl.

But no one started calling it “A New Hope” in the ’80s. Even when the classic trilogy was re-released in theaters in 1997, all the trailers and posters referred to the movie. The first is “Star Wars”. The idea that this movie had a different title didn’t stay in the public’s mind until the internet became popular and prequels appeared – which happened around the same time in the early 2000s. .

The nomenclature that we speak of “A New Hope,” at least in relation to the existence of the entire Star Wars franchise, has only been in common usage for about 20 years. That’s less half Star Wars time has become a problem. And this leads me to an important detail: By the time “Star Wars” was relegated to “Star Wars: A New Hope,” its reputation was severely damaged. important. When you call Star Wars just “Star Wars” it has power and it loses power when you call it “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope”.

Star Wars (1977) it’s better if you forget the sequel

Remember when Vader was just some guy? Roger Ressmeyer / Corbis Historical Image / Getty

Okay, I’m not calling Star Wars (the 1977 film) “A New Hope” for the remainder of this essay. I’m calling it Star Wars 77. And if you think it’s some kind of blasphemy, get ready for this: If you sit down and watch Star Wars 77 and just focus on how it connects to the rest of the story, guess what? It doesn’t quite fit. You could tell all the later mythology was retrofitted to work with this movie.

Below are a few examples.

  • At first, Darth Vader isn’t necessarily Luke’s father, which seems obvious in Star Wars 77.
  • Luke is interested in adventure because he thinks Leia is “pretty”. That’s not his sister.
  • Stormtroopers behavior is very different. Why didn’t anyone put the stun again until The Last Jedi?
  • Lighting is Not are highlighted as a big deal as they are later.

You can make a billion arguments that all of this is possible because Lucas can’t do what he wants with Star Wars 77. But much of it is overshadowed by traces on paper. Lucas figured out how to write The Empire Strikes Back to fantasy novelist Leigh Brackett, and her early drafts suggest that Anakin and Vader are not the same person. Lucas (and Lawrence Kasdan) jumped in and changed the basic plot when Brackett died before finishing the script.

“Thinking about Star Wars 77 as part of the Star Wars saga makes it less than fun.”

It can’t be proven that he always intended to be Vader Luke’s father because he insists today that he did. You don’t want to say George Lucas is a liar, but the more important point is if you watch Star Wars 77 and all you’re thinking about is connecting it to the two sequels, which makes the movie harder to watch.

In other words, think about Star Wars 77 as part of the Star Wars story makes it less interesting. Its much It’s more interesting to see it as an indie film. And you can’t do this with any other Star Wars movie. Even random Star Trek movies are as much fun as indie movies. But only The Star Wars movie you can fully enjoy without thinking about the rest of the franchise’s movies is Star Wars 77.

Empire withered Star Wars 77

The cast of Star Wars 77 before the next sections.Denver Post / Denver Post / Getty Images

The Empire Strikes Back is a great movie. In fact, it’s one of the best movies of all time. But it also damaged the reputation of Star Wars 77 cannot be repaired. Parcel-Empire, everything about the Star Wars saga becomes imbued with psychological reflections on dysfunctional families. The subversive nature of Empire so effective that when the time comes Return of the Jedi in 1983, the franchise had no idea to the point of again The Death Star is required to power up the film’s plot. (This is true for The Force Awakens, also.)

The central feeling of Star Wars 77 cannot be recaptured after Empire. In 1977, when Harrison Ford was asked if he considered the film a “road picture” in the form of “Bing Crosby,” he said: “Sure. It is an image of a path in space. The characters have the same attitude of taking care of the devil. It’s not really serious. ”

It’s impossible to think about franchises like this now. No Star Wars adventure since 1977 has had the same “devil can care” quality, except maybe there’s Donald Glover’s version of Lando in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Due to the bombastic nature of the rest of the films, the softer nature of Star Wars 77 has not been fully reproduced in any other part. This is a long way of saying that from a standpoint of pacing, humor, action, and storytelling, there hasn’t been anything in Star Wars since. Star Wars 77 has become easygoing and crowd-pleasing.

Yes, some Star Wars projects have been successful when Star Wars 77 unsuccessful, especially in representational fields. (Star Wars 77 painfully white.) But the rest of the Star Wars franchise simply doesn’t contain another movie like Star Wars 77. Even the most blatant separation Star Wars 77Divine Power Awakens – ends with a son stabbing his father in the stomach, something darker than anything you’ve ever seen Star Wars 77. If we had a Disney+ series centered on Lando starring Donald Glover, the Star Wars series maybe find your way back Star Wars 77 roots. But so far, it hasn’t.

From Kylo Ren and Anakin Skywalker’s dual identities as Darth Vader to the redemption of Boba Fett, it’s all post-Empire Star Wars has been haunted by thoughts of darkness and redemption for murderers. None of them are present in Star Wars 77. Instead, the film succeeds at what George Lucas claimed he wanted to do at the time: update It’s so elaborate1977 audience-style adventure.

It worked. But pretend the rest of Star Wars is like Star Wars 77 just not true. Star Wars 77 It’s the least Star Wars-esque movie of them all, and 45 years later, it’s still the most original and compelling of them all.

Star Wars 77 streaming on Disney+.

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Emma James

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