Star Wars


Directed by George Lucas and produced by Gary Kurtz. Screenplay by Lucas. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Alec Guinness (Obi-Wan Kenobi), David Prowse (Darth Vader), James Earl Jones (Vader’s Voice), Kenny Baker (R2D2), Anthony Daniels (C3PO).


The year was 1977 and though I wasn’t yet alive I was very much born in this film. Not since Jesus Christ walked the earth has one man and his message awakened so many souls. For many people, myself included, this film was a religious experience. This film was a miracle, from the casting to the music to the little accidents that all fans have embraced with affection.


Like Pulp Fiction in ’94 or The Matrix in ’99, Star Wars influenced a pop culture. Somehow George Lucas knew exactly what everyone wanted to see before anyone else. Some would call this genius, others call it luck, but it was probably a bit of both.


This particular chapter draws from several of Lucas’ strongest influences, Akira Kurosawa and Joseph Campbell. Most obviously Kurosawa’s film “The Hidden Fortress.” Those that have seen this film will recall to bickering farmers that bare a striking resemblance to a couple droids that play a prominent role in Lucas’ saga. There is a princess, beautiful and bold, again like a certain cinnamon roll wearing rebel spy. What Lucas draws from Campbell, his mentor, is a structure common to all myth, The Hero’s Journey. From the wise old man (Kenobi) to that first step into that dangerous larger world (that hive of scum and villainy) Star Wars takes its eager hero (Skywalker) on a spiritual journey of self discovery.


The message of the time was that despite all the technology across the stars all Luke would ever need, he discovered in his journey, he possessed the entire time. This is a common story which might remind you of another strong influence of this film, The Wizard of Oz. With Star Wars, alone, George Lucas as solidified his place in history as master Story Teller of the late 20th Century.

~ by fumikaelson on July 12, 2005.

One Response to “Star Wars”

  1. Great review, right until the end. A master story teller?

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