This content of this post originally appeared in the “JNL” section of the Janesville Gazette.
“Sold out.” Those were the words repeated over and over by the people selling tickets at Rock Theatres in Janesville. ironically, one of the few bad things about the movie is that it’s so good. Three of the afternoon shows were filled a half-hour before they started. Everything else, though, was fantastic.
George Lucas’s special effects gave the movie some extra character to somewhat draw the feeling of the ’70s away from the theater. Some computer-animated creatures were added, and so was a five-minute conversation between Han Solo and Jabba the Hut that had been cut from the original.
As you probably know: Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is on a spacecraft that is attacked by a Jedi knight gone bad, Darth Vader. She has the computer layout of the Death Star, a spacecraft that has enough firepower to blow up a whole planet. She successfully stops Vader (whose voice is by James Earl Jones) from getting the plans by securing them inside one of the two-robots, C3PO and R2D2. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) try to save Princess Leia from being killed by Vader. But they need the help of a rogue pilot, Han Solo (Harris on Ford).
The picture is not as sharp as most movies you see these days. It sometimes little fuzzy around the edges, and you get the feeling that was just a videotape. But the rest of the movie completely counteracts that. Some of the things shot in “Star Wars,” which was released in 1977, seem like something out of a ’90s film.
This is a good film because of the new special effects, the lack of bad language, and for the message of good triumphing over evil.