Jan 14 2018

The New New Hope for Star Wars – Why the current trilogy is worthy of The New Hope trilogy but The Phantom Menace still isn’t


In 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope hit cinemas and started the successful Star Wars film franchise. Sixteen years later writer-director George Lucas, who also wrote and directed A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return of the Jedi (1983) numbered IV, V, and VI had the advantage of better special effects technology, but The Phantom Menace, numbered I is by far the worst of the Star Wars films. After that one standing in line for the midnight show didn’t seem like an imperative anymore.  The shine was off the star for me and II and III did little to restore the shine. Then 2015’s The Force Awakens gave back the shine and 2017’s The Last Jedi brought back the whole vibe that made the New Hope trilogy so great. (To avoid confusion I don’t want to use “first trilogy.”) Continue reading