So we have come to the end of my fav. movies list! Of course the final movie – the sixty-ninth spot – had to be reserved for the first and original theatrical release version Star Wars.
I love this movie because it is good, solid sci-fi.
It has an intergalactic empire, a space station big enough to be mistaken for a moon, space ships of varying kinds, droids of varying kinds, weapons of various kinds, different (if suspiciously humanoid, for the large part) species of beings and a space bar. I’m a sucker for a space bar.
Oh, did I mentioned the hovercraft? Can’t forget them.
But I also love that Tatooine isn’t a standard sci-fi film place. We meet farmers and traders in dry place, where people live in homes carved from the land. There are a range of sentient native species who, while not exactly painted in a positive light, provide the texture of life on another planet. It isn’t glossy or a slum, which are just so common in the genre.
The Millenium Falcon is still one of my favourite ships design-wise.
My enduring affection for this flick comes largely from the fact it has such diversity of… everything. A richness of world-building is present here that few sci-fi movies manage.
It also, of course, has a wonderful diversity of characters and avoids the need to have all of them speak a language we understand. Chewbacca is a fantastic pairing with Hans Solo, C3PO is great comic value and Darth Vader is menace incarnate. Though, if pressed, I have to admit I like R2D2 best of all.