Happy 40th Anniversary Star Wars! May The Force Be With You!
It’s been four decades since the first movie from the Star Wars Saga was released. From a far, far away galaxy, “A New Hope – Episode IV” was delivered to the public today – 25 May and the year was 1977. The same year Elvis Presley died, Kanye West was born and the first pregnancy test was also released. What a full year!
The plot to this first Star Wars movie goes like this – Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, an arrogant pilot, a Wookiee and two droids (R2-D2 and C-3PO) to save the galaxy from a world-destroying battle-station and also trying to save Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.
After that, two more films were released, this was the original trilogy of the Star Wars films. Throughout the years, a prequel and a sequel trilogy were also released, some animated films and some television series.
To some people, the original Star Wars trilogy is exceptional for different reasons, considering that technology wasn’t really advanced 40 years ago. They appreciate the groundbreaking special effects, the iconic gadgets, robots, and weapons (lightsabers and bow casters), those awesome futuristic spaceships, the classic battle between good and evil and the special characters.
A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away…
“Star Wars: A New Hope” was released in a small number of theaters back in 1977. No one actually believed that the movie will actually turn into a huge success, even George Lucas, the original filmmaker actually had reservations. Surprising everyone, the movie was a smash on the box office, generating gigantic crowds and lines, generating millions of dollars and bringing fame to everything and anything related to this movie. What’s amazing is that the Star Wars effect still applies today, 40 years later.
“A New Hope – Episode IV” revolutionized movie industry with the use of new techniques for special effects and a never seen before merchandising industry. A simple movie actually became a big franchise creating memorable music, visuals, costumes and movie lines and turning small actors into legends. All of this, coming out of George Lucas’ imagination.
It’s actually hard to find someone who’s never seen a Star Wars film and it’s impossible to imagine that there’s someone out there who’s never encountered with this movie’s quotes, references, pictures or music.
As I was saying, Star Wars actually became a cultural phenomenon that transformed people into die-hard fans. Their love for this movie reached new levels – they created a great community of fans, they started writing fan-fiction, making fan films, creating art shows and encounters.
Now, it’s really easy to find out in which fandom you fit – the one that likes the original trilogy, the one that likes the cartoons, the comics or the games, or maybe those who edit Wookieepedia, writes fan fiction and makes fan movies and fan art. You’ve welcomed anywhere! The success of this movie actually inspired people to create even a religion called Jediism – they believe in The Force!
Other than that, Star Wars inspired comic books and shows, action figures, LEGO figures, board games, and role-playing games.
That’s why I think there’s not one single person on this planet that doesn’t know about this movie franchise.
Iconic Star Wars sound effects
When I say that everything about this movie made history, I mean everything. Even the sounds are iconic. You play one of these next sounds to anyone on the street and they’ll know what is it about:
First of all, the song theme is probably the most recognizable and iconic theme in cinema history. You can recognize it after only a few seconds.
Then we have the others sounds that are forever stuck in our minds:
1. First on our list is that famous heavy breathing – You know Darth Vader is approaching before you can even see him. His breathing sound it’s so intense that it comes to a point where it’s actually intimidating. That’s because he’s more machine than he is a man.
2. Second, on this list, it’s the buzzing sound of a lightsaber – this is another sound that people are really familiar with – the distinctive buzz-electronic-sound made by the strikes of a lightsaber used in a battle, or when it’s powering up.
3. And then we have the Electronic Beeps – it screams R2-D2 all over it! And he wouldn’t be the same without those whistling noises and without beeping. That’s how we know what he’s thinking and how he’s feeling.
4. Last, but not least, we have the growl Chewbacca sound – which is not far from a bear howling, the real sound that inspired it. Growing and howling were the Wookiee languages if we can name it that way.
Four short but awesome facts about the Star Wars:
- “I have a bad feeling about this” – variations of this line have made it into every film in the saga.
- Star Wars was the first science fiction film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards
- The only characters who appear in every official movie in the saga are R2-D2 and C-3PO.
- “I am your father” was the best-kept secret in the film. And it became one of the most famous lines, quotes and jokes about Star Wars after it was revealed.
Famous 5 quotes from Star Wars – A New Hope:
1.“That’s no moon. It’s a space station” – this is the line from the moment our heroes see the first time the Death Star – Han, Chewie, Luke, and Obi-Wan. They know that something is wrong when they don’t see Alderaan in the area of space, Millennium Falcon.
2.“Use the force, Luke” – the line Obi-Wan uses with a calm voice to encouraging the young pilot to trust his instincts, in order to fire and destroy the Death Star.
3.“May the force be with you” – the most iconic line that doesn’t need any further presentation, it says Star Wars all the way. Han Solo uses this phrase to encourage Luke Skywalker. It can be translated to good luck.
4. “Why you stuck-up…Half-Witted…Scruffy-Looking…Nerf-Herder” – Princess Leia always had a way with words. She delivers this snappy line to Han, not feeling okay with his kiss.
5.“When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master” – the main theme of the Star Wars movies is the relation between a mentor and a protege and this like is just the proof of that, fixing Darth Vader as the best villains in movie history, mastering through time the dark side of the Force.
There are so many awesome things to say, write and see about Star Wars. We could go on and on about it. So, for now, I will resume to this conclusion – 40 years later, we have to admit, the Force is and will always be with us – it’s actually getting stronger! May the adventure continue!