On May 14th, 1944, George Lucas was born. This man grew up to become the creator of one of the most beloved franchises of all time: Star Wars. In honor of his birthday, I have decided to do the first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope.
The film starts off with a scroll explaining what is happening in a galaxy far, far, away. From there we are introduced to Princess Leia as her ship has been taken captive by Darth Vader. Leia is apart of the rebellion that is trying to stop Darth Vader. Just as everything is happening, Leia leaves a message in R2D2, a droid, in hopes of finding help. R2D2 and his pal C3PO are able to evade capture from the empire. However, they are taken captive by Jawas who take them to Luke Skywalker and his uncle to buy. By coincidence, Luke lives near to the man who Leia hoped her message would get to. Luke ends up following R2D2 to Obi-Wan-Kenobi, an elderly Jedi who knows more about the rebellion than he lets on. After finding the aunt and uncle who raised him dead, Luke ends up going on a mission with Obi and the droids to defeat the Empire. Along the way they meet smuggler Han Solo and his pal Chewbacca who they hire to transport them on their ship the Millenium Falcon. Along the trip they attempt to go to Alderaan, only to find it has been destroyed by the Empire. From there, they find themselves in trouble when they learn that Darth Vader’s evil men have a tracking device that has hooked onto the ship. Luke learns that Leia is on the ship, so he, Han, and Chewbacca all go to save her, while Obi attempts to disable the device. Obi manages to do disable it and heads back to the ship. However, he runs into Darth Vader who kills him in a duel. The Falcon is boarded by the remaining crew, including Leia, and leave the Death Star. However, they are being followed again leading the rebels to end up in a battle. With the help of Obi-Wan-Kenobi’s spirit, Luke is able to embrace the force and help defeat the Death Star. Lukes act of heroism is rewarded by Leia, along with Han and Chewbacca for assisting in defeating the Empire…. for now.
Star Wars has gone on to become one of the most beloved franchises of all time. We are introduced to people in an imaginary world in space all from the mind of George Lucas. On May 14, 1944 this genius was brought into the world. The cinema that we know today, as well as many Star Wars parodies, would not be here if it was not for George Lucas’s imagination and dreams.