The Original Trilogy
By Adhvik K S
Directed by: George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand.
Production companies: Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributed by: 1977–2019: 20th Century Fox; since 2019: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date: May 25, 1977(Star Wars: A New Hope); May 21, 1980(Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back); May 25, 1983(Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Daniel Anthony, Alec Guinness, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew
One of the most iconic movie franchises and trilogies of all time is the Star Wars Original Trilogy. The masterstrokes of George Lucas are an intense universe of suppression and rebellion. All of us, even if we haven’t seen the star wars films, recognize the music and the title card. To outsiders, it may seem like an endless story of war, fighting, and fictional weapons, but they explore a deeper story.
Set in a galaxy far, far, away the Original Trilogy, shows us a galaxy in an intergalactic war. More than war, it is a rebellion against the Totalitarian Society pushed forth by the Galactic Empire, an almost dictatorship-like ruling authority. The numbers of the rebellion are less, but it is depicted that numbers aren’t everything. The unlikely combo of a smart princess, a skilled pilot, brave-hearted warrior, and faithful companion of a Wookie, saves the universe and themselves time and again.
The first movie was an introduction of sorts to great characters. The character arc and development have a great significance from where it starts. A simple boy, Luke, living with his uncle, a farmer, travels from planet to planet, with the help of his mentor, Obi-Wan-Kenobi, a Jedi. The Jedi are the extinct warrior race that was peacekeepers in the past. They were servants of the Force, a binding element that composed their galaxy as they knew it. It was almost a mysterious entity that allowed supernatural occurrences to happen. The boy, along with a bunch of droids (robots of that universe), and pilots of the ship they travel in, help Princess Leia, a prime figure in the rebellion against the Empire, to get out of the battle station she has been imprisoned in.
The second movie shows the depth of the characters and signs of development. Now an active part of the rebellion, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca (The Pilots), evacuate the rebel base after an Empire attack, to suppress them. Luke goes to the swamp planet of Dagobah and continues his training as a Jedi with the help of the Force. The rest have narrow encounters with the Empire in their ship the Millennium Falcon, but they manage to evade all of them, until they are tricked by a merchant lord, into being held prisoners of the Empire. Luke helps them escape but learns disturbing facts that further confuse him. All of the crew are at disturbing and torturous ends at the end of the movie.
The last masterpiece of George Lucas in this trilogy shows the endpoint of the development of the characters. Luke is now a Jedi Master, Leia, and the rebellion in promising hopes to destroy the Empire. They learn that the Empire is building another battle station similar to the one in the first film. This battle station was more capable than the previous. They plan a sneak attack on the death star, and with the help of the rebels, they finally manage to dissolve the empire, by killing the emperor, a mysterious and powerful figure behind all of the happenings. But when facing the emperor and his powerful apprentice, Vader, Luke, although winning, or made to think as such, goes through physical and psychological struggles that almost break his mind.
Star Wars gave me an outlet to stress and opened my eyes to the new world of fictional science, with a lot of devices and gadgets, intense emotions, and exciting prospects. It is a revolutionary movie and has great cinematography. I greatly recommend watching not only the Star Wars original Trilogy but everything that Star Wars has extended to till today. I would extend to give it a 9/10 rating.