Star Wars: a New Hope

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Star Wars: A new hope
"A long.long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…." These short, simple words have

influenced generations. Novices and Star Wars fans alike have enjoyed and thrived on these

inventive movies. The writer and director, George Lucas, came up with the idea during his years

at the University of California. He came up with a six part series, yet, the first movie to be

produced was part four entitled Star Wars: A new hope. It was produced in 1977 by Gary Kurtz.

Star Wars was a serious breakthrough for the marketing of Melodramatic movies. Star Wars: A

new hope is a perfect example of entertaining melodramas that has provided the basis for the

movies seen today.

Lasers guns, light sabers and a damsel in distress, each of these elements set the

stage for the action-packed adventure that is Star Wars: A new hope. The story begins as

Darth Vader attacks Princess Leia's space ship the Tantive IV. He does this in order to

attain secret transmissions sent from rebel forces which are in Princess Leia's possession.

Meanwhile Princess Leia's friend, R2D2, takes t he transmissions and prepares to bring

them to Obi Wan Kenobi. After some detainment, R2D2 and C3PO find themselves

under the employment of Luke Skywalker. With the help of Obi Wan Kenobi, Han Solo

and Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker is able to save Princess Leia from certain death. Yet,

the danger isn't over because the rebel armies need to now destroy Darth Vader's Death

Star. Luke Skywalker successfully destroys the Death star, but Darth Vader survives to

fight another day.

It isn't hard to picture like the way we want it to be. It is hard to accept the way like

actually is in reality. It is because of this that Melodrama is so appealing to human beings.

Melodrama is the dream or fantasy that is unattainable. In a melodrama, goodness of the world

will always conquer over evil. Through the use of conflicts and intense action, Melodrama

captivates the audience and exemplifies hope. Music in melodrama leads the emotions of the

audience, Both good and evil characters have a theme song that helps to show the importance or

relevance of a scene. Foreshadowing is also a large piece of Melodrama. Foreshadowing is

especially important to the action of Star Wars: A new hope. This is because it provides clues

and even exposition relating to the other parts of the series. Melodrama makes you laugh and cry

and momentarily forget that its only a movie. For the most part, this can be easy to forget,

especially with all the glamour and appeal melodrama gives off.

In every melodrama there is a hero and in every movie there is an impressive actor that

surprises the audience with their abilities. In Star Wars: A new hope, the person is Mark Hamill.

Since Hamill made his first movie appearance in the leading role of Luke Skywalker there was a

great deal of skepticism as towards whether he could handle such a large role. Hamill

maintained the expected aspects of a theoretic melodrama, yet he also gave an added depth to his

character. Mark Hamill was born in Oakland, California on September 25, 1951. His big break

was in Star Wars: A new hope.

In every good melodrama, there is the essential sidekick. In Star Wars, the character Han

Solo, who is portrayed by Harrison Ford, exemplifies a classic right-hand man in a melodrama.

Every sidekick needs to be charming and witty and of course always there to lend a helping hand

to the hero. Han Solo is possibly the most endearing character because he is charming and witty

and even more. Harrison Ford stayed true to all of Han Solo's charm and shortcomings. Harrison

Ford's portrayal of Han Solo is a perfect addition to an already harmonious cast of characters.

In a Melodrama, spectacle is essential to the action for the movie. In Star Wars: A new...
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