22 October 2011

Star Wars IV: A New Hope


Star Wars: A New Hope is the fourth movie in the Star Wars saga. This is the beginning of Luke Skywalker's life a s a Jedi Knight, and the beginning of the end for the Empire. Most of the Jedi Knight's have been killed and the Empire is ruling the galaxy with no sense of mercy. Some Rebel forces are trying to fight back by stealing the plans to the Death Star battle station, and The Emperor's right hand man Darth Vader is entrusted to find the plans and locate the Rebel Base. Princess Leia, the keeper of the plans, sends a distress signal to Obi-Wan Kenobi but the plans are intercepted by Luke Skywalker which starts the sequence of events that change young Skywalker's life forever.

While watching this movie it became apparent very early that this was an example of Hollywood continuity style of editing. Most of the cuts were fluid and swift so you never even noticed that you were watching two different shots instead of just one continuous shot. One example is when Darth Vader is in the command center of the Death Star and is conversing with the different admirals. One admiral questions Vader's power and the scene cuts fluidly and quickly from a close-up of Vader to a medium shot of Vader walking around the table to Jedi choke the same admiral.

Seeing as the cuts were so fluid it did not break the veil that I was watching a movie. It was able to keep the magic alive just as if I was sitting in the same room watching the conversation between the two people.

Another editing choice that really made this movie incredible was the closing scene where the group of four (Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia) had now expanded into a true movement, involving hundreds if not thousands of people. What you saw through the editing was a broadening of the picture, from four people to a room full of hundred's. This allowed the viewer to still have the main hero's but realize that the hero's were no longer alone, but were part of a greater movement. The different cuts would bring the viewer to a close-up of the four, but a long shot of the rest of the room, showing the viewer the importance of what they were witnessing. This was one of the most important scene's of editing in the entire movie.

Star Wars IV: A New Hope is by far a classic movie. Any body of any age can watch this movie and enjoy it again and again. The different style of editing that was brought on by this movie is still around today and it is still viewed as revolutionary. All in all it was an incredible movie and was a great film to watch.

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