Star Wars" (1977), the original, the one that started it all.
I already wrote about the first sequel "The Empire Strikes Back" in my favorites last year, but let's go back to the beginning. "Star Wars" is the story of a young man who longs to leave the farm he grew up on and find adventure out in the world...and other worlds too. His uncle keeps holding him back, but when two droids show up at his door, he's thrust into that adventure he longed for faster than he could ever have imagined, adventure that he was destined for. Now, with the help of a wise old man and a cocky smuggler, he must learn the ways of an ancient practice and save a princess and her rebel forces from death and destruction.
George Lucas started writing the script for "Star Wars" back in 1973, after he finished filming "American Graffiti." He described it as a space opera when he shopped it around Hollywood, though, and everyone laughed him out of their offices. Finally, he went to see Alan Ladd Jr. at Twentieth Century Fox. Ladd saw "Graffiti" and the talent in Lucas, and agreed to finance "Star Wars." So, with a budget of only $8 million, Lucas was on his way to the film that would change his life forever.
Like I said, "Star Wars" is the movie that started it all. No other film had been so successful, had created such a fan base, had created a merchandising empire all its own. Yet, now it's what every studio in Hollywood tries to match. So, have some geeky fun this weekend and watch the beginning again. Have a great weekend, everyone! Be back Tuesday.
(Post-tidbit: I actually did rewatch "Star Wars" this week but it was this great new edit done by a fan. It's called "Star Wars: Revisited" and can be found here. It's an amazing edit, and I highly recommend watching it if you get the chance. He corrected mistakes, edits, even added his own visual effects, which are beautiful. If the "Star Wars: A New Hope Special Edition" from the 90s had been like this, I would have liked it a lot more. He's currently working on "Empire," a 3-year labor of love so far.)