Film Review: Star Wars: A New Hope

“These are not the droids you are looking for.”

Star Wars: A New Hope, aka Episode IV, is the first installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, but the fourth episode of the “Skywalker Saga”. Luke Skywalker, a moisture farmer on the planet Tatooine, joins the former Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue Princess Leia Organa from the tyrannical Galactic Empire’s moon-sized weapon, the Death Star. Skywalker and Kenobi are joined by smuggler Han Solo and his Wookiee companion Chewbacca. Organa holds vital information regarding the Death Star’s construction plans that are carried by the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, that will allow the Rebel Alliance to initiate an attack.

Considering my love for Star Wars, especially the original and prequel trilogies, A New Hope is a worldwide-considered masterpiece as well as being an icon in pop culture. Skywalker’s adventure on learning the ways of the Jedi through Kenobi sets the stones for his eventual destiny to restoring the Jedi Order and defeating the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. To any inspiring Star Wars fans, I highly recommend rewatching IV just for the thrill of seeing a lightsaber for the first time.

-Bree K.

Star Wars: A New Hope is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

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