Top 10 Best Scenes in 'A New Hope'

Top 10 Best Scenes in 'A New Hope'

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In honor of "A New Hope" turning 39 years old last week, and because I love writing about Star Wars (and needed to write something positive) here are the top 10 best scenes in "Star Wars: A New Hope," one of the most influential Sci-Fi films of all time.

10. The Destruction of Alderaan.

This scene showed what true evil the Empire is capable of, and how little they care about innocent life. I'd say the collateral damage in this scene is about two billion, but if you want specifics go to Wookiepedia.com, I'm sure they know right up to the last person. Also, they murdered Bail Organa (Princess Leia's adopted father and somewhat famous actor Jimmy Smits.) This scene also showed George Lucas and ILM's special effect know-how, because that explosion looks real to this day. Now, if we could just improve on Carrie Fisher's British accent in that scene. Maybe Grand Moff Tarkin was leaching his accent off on her. Also I looked up for your entertainment, the exact amount of the collateral damage on (surprise!) Wookiepedia.com. It says "Out of Alderaan's two billion inhabitants, roughly 60,000 survived the destruction of the world because they were outside of its star system at the time." So... there you are.

9. C-3PO and R2D2 on Tatooine

For this one, I am including from when they landed to when they were bought by Luke. This is really, where, I think the sheer imagination and genius of Lucas shines here. To have two droids narrate the beginning of the movie and us follow their adventures was a great idea. They really are the eyes of the audience. And than their interactions are even better. Robots or (droids) are usually in most movies, unemotional and unfeeling. Well not only is one of these droids prissy, but the other one is a rude potty mouth which really is a recipe for comedic relief that takes hold of all these scenes. "Fine, go that way. You'll be malfunctioning within a week you near-sighted scrap pile." "Don't you call me a mindless philosopher you overweight glob of grease." PSA to George Lucas: I don't know how you went from this to Jar Jar Binks, but don't worry, J.J. Abrams got the humor back. Also, another thing worth noting. Many people want gay characters in Star Wars, but they seem to forget about old Threepio and Artoo. I'm just kidding, they're good friends just like Poe Dameron and Finn. Take that Tumblr.


8. The Detention Center

You know you're in for a treat when you hear that Mouse Droid start going ballistic once Chewbacca roars at it. Actually a pretty funny moment in this movie that's pretty subtle, or maybe I just have the comedic level of a seven year old. Wait! That can't be true! I didn't even like Jar Jar Binks. Anyway, this scene has some classic lines, like Han trying to talk to the Imperial Officer on the intercom. "How are you?" I'm sure this is one of those lines Star Wars lines any fan can quote with the right words emphasized and everything. This scene is the perfect example on what drew people to this movie. Fun swashbuckling action with a straight forward plot. Sure, you may call it simple, but i'll just tell you to watch this scene and not feel the excitement. Or laugh at Han and Leia's already great banter. "Maybe you'd like it back in your cell, your highness." Also, the Stormtroopers have really bad aim in this one. Like, really bad.



7. Tie Fighter Attack

This is a scene that shows the blossoming friendship of Han and Luke, which would almost die on Yavin, and then be reignited on Yavin, and was a brief moment of happiness for our young heroes. Especially young hero Luke Skywalker who seemed to forget all about Old Ben. Anyway, the combination of special effects and practical effects were once again deftly mastered by ILM, who unlikle ILM in the prequels, were on a tight budget. This was a time before everything, including characters could be made using a computer and it still looks more real than most of the stuff I see thrown at me in theaters now. You, see A New Hope got the gritty realism of everything down to a tee. It really takes the emotion out of a scene if you know it's not real, and people should really go back to this time. Because I swear it still looks good. I swear.


6. Talking About the Force

Gosh I love this scene between Obi-Wan and Luke so much. Its scenes like this that really make me believe that George Lucas wrote the prequels before the Original Trilogy, especially when Obi-Wan talks about the Clone Wars. Because come on, it's not like George Lucas was sitting around trying to come up with war names and picked Clone Wars. There was a reason. Maybe it's because it would go over his head, but please note their are no mentions of midichlorians in this short scene. In just a four minute scene we learn pretty much all we need to know about the Force, what the Clone Wars was like, and Vader's betrayal. Sure Obi-Wan partially lies to Luke here, but don't forget he is just a teenage farmboy. If he were told Vader was his father he would probably laugh in this old hermit's face, or it would scar him for life. Besides, what Obi-Wan told him was true, from a certain point of view.

5. The Beginning of a Saga

The start of a New Hope tells us everything we need to know about the Empire and the Rebellion all in one huge, and grandeur shot that once again, is a mix between practical and special effects. Enough said.

4. Mos Eisley Cantina

I love all the scenes that occur in Mos Eisley and especially the cantina, and I love all the characters we got out of this (I'm sure Wookiepedia.com would know all of them) and all the subsequent figures we got. But, I digress and I rant. For it also bears sadness for me, as future generations will never know who shot first unless their parents show them the unedited versions. They will also get CGI getting his tail stepped on, in one of the cringiest scenes of all time. Below is what people were actually paid to animate in 1997.

Hard to believe I know. I have no clue this purpose served. If it was gonna looks this sub par to the rest of the effects (that were made in '77) why include it? But, I digress. Overall, it is still amazing to see how much work was put into the original cut of the Mos Eisley Cantina, including the ever-present attention to detail.

3. Binary Sunset

A scene so simple it perfectly sums up what makes A New Hope so great. A young farm boy who dreams of a life far away from his dull life. A feeling we can all relate to young and old. Of course, I couldn't go through this article without mentioning John Williams. The master himself composes a score so utterly famous, that its medley is still used in every Star Wars movie to this day, multiple times. It's name is simply Force Theme, and is a tour-de-force that will always give me chills in the proper setting. The score makes this scene and it marks the true beginning of the adventure and eventually saga that awaits us.

2. The Throne Room

Once again, Williams hits a home run with the theme here, a triumphant anthem that could be used in almost any victorious situation. (Even weddings are applicable for this song.) How can you not feel victorious when you hear the first notes of the medley. I've never heard anything quite like it, but as soon as you look at the throne room, you can hear the music. It's crazy. Although, Chewie didn't get a medal (Wookiepedia.com knows why though...) you still can't feel anything but joy for our young heroes who somehow go from this, to hiding away on an ice cube planet. Enjoy it while it lasts rebels.

1. The Assault on the Death Star

This is THE ultimate climax to a movie. All points in a New Hope lead up to this final showdown that includes such classic moments like: Porkin's noble end, Vader wiping out the Rebels, and Han's noble rescue. You can really feel the emotion and intensity in this, as their is real fear in Leia's face as her Rebel pilots are being wiped out like flies. There are real stakes in this. The characters you have grown attached to could be killed in this final scene. Then score builds up and up as the X-Wings go faster into the trench, and all of a sudden Luke turns off his display and simply 'uses the Force'. Very iconic words from Obi-Wan and created the movie cliche of abandoning technology and using your new found faith. It's an intense ending that I could never grow tired of and will always watch no matter what. It is a testament to great action and effects with dialogue and score mixed in. I can't praise it or this movie enough.

So that's all folks. Maybe I'll do an Empire Strikes Back one soon, or even Attack of the Clones. I'm kidding guys, who would want to do Empire Strikes Back? Anyway, if you guys liked this check out some of my other Star Wars articles and May the Force Be With You.

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In 2017 we had to say goodbye to one of the best websites to ever roam the internet: Vine. In case you have been living under a rock since 2013, Vine was -(sad face)- a website and app that took the internet and the app store by storm in Winter 2013. It contained 6-second videos that were mostly comedy- but there were other genres including music, sports, cool tricks and different trends. Vine stars would get together and plan out a vine and film it till they got it right.

It was owned by Twitter and it was shut down because of so many reasons; the viners were leaving and making money from Youtube, there was simply no money in it and Twitter wanted us to suffer.

There's been a ton of threads on Twitter of everyone's favorite vines so I thought I'd jump in and share some of my favorites. So without further ado, here are some quotes of vines that most vine fanatics would know.

1. "AHH...Stahhp. I coulda dropped mah croissant"

2. "Nate how are those chicken strips?" "F%#K YA CHICKEN STRIPS.....F%#K ya chicken strips!"

3. "Road work ahead? Uh Yea, I sure hope it does"

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17. "Not to be racist or anything but Asian people SSUUGHHH"

18. 18. "I wanna be a cowboy baby... I wanna be a cowboy baby"

19. "Hey, I'm lesbian" "I thought you were American"

20. "I spilled lipstick in your Valentino bag" "you spilled- whaghwhha- lipstick in my Valentino White bag?"

21. "What's better than this? Guys bein dudes"

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23. "WHAT ARE THOSEEEEE?" "THEY are my crocs!"

24. "Can I get a waffle? Can I please get a waffle?"

25. "HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!" "I can't sweem"

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29. "Girl, you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal"

30. "I brought you Frankincense" "Thank you" "I brought you Myrrh" "Thank you" "Mur-dur" "huh...Judas..no"

31. "Sleep? I don't know about sleep...it's summertime" "You ain't go to bed?" "Oh she caught me"

32. "All I wanna tell you is school's not important... Be whatever you wanna be. If you wanna be a dog...RUFF. You know?"33. "Oh I like ya accent where you from?" "I'm Liberian" "Oh, my bad *whispering* I like your accent..."

34. "Next Please" "Hello" "Sir, this is a mug shot" "A mug shot? I don't even drink coffee"


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45. "Oh hi, thanks for checking in I'm still a piece of garrbaagge"

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47. *running* "...Daddy?" "Do I look like-?"

48. *Pours water onto girl's face" "Hello?"

49. "Wait oh yes wait a minute Mr. Postman" "HaaaAHH"

50. "...And they were roommates" "Mah God they were roommates"


I could literally go on forever because I just reference vines on a daily basis. Rest in peace Vine

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5 Cheap Summer Concerts That Are Worth The Trip To Camden, NJ

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Well, y'all, it's finally here. Summer. And that means that one of my favorite past-times is back in season -- outdoor concerts. Now, I've only been to a handful, mostly with my family, but outdoor concerts have the potential to be the most fun that you'll have the whole summer! As a West Chester resident, there aren't too many venues that hold outdoor concerts near us, but the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey is one of the best, especially with their impressively cheap selection of lawn seats (my personal favorite seating for any concert). And this summer, BB&T has some impressive names performing. With over 35 performances set for before August's end, I took the liberty of compiling the top five performing in Camden that you will not want to miss this summer, especially not at these prices!

1. The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore.


Who: Kesha, Macklemore, Wes Period

When: Wednesday, July 25, 7 pm

Price: Starting at $30.50/ticket

2. Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd: Dazed and Blazed Tour.

Who: Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Skies, O.t. Genasis

When: Friday, August 8, 6 pm

Price: Starting at $29.50/ticket

3. Logic Presents: Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour with NF and Kyle.

Who: Logic, NF, Kyle

When: Wednesday, June 13, 7 pm

Price: Starting at $21-22/ticket

4. 2018 Honda Civic Tour presents Charlie Puth Voicenotes.

Who: Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld

When: Tuesday, July 24, 7:30 pm

Price: Starting at $25/ticket

5. Weezer / Pixies.

Who: Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells

When: Saturday, July 21, 7:30 pm

Price: Starting at $25/ticket


If anyone needs me, you know where I'll be all summer!

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