Star Wars: Why should you go see it?

I.J. Samson Junior High
St. John's, Newfoundland

By Adam M. (Grade 9)

I was about six years old when I first saw Star Wars and it had a great effect on me.

From that moment on, I have seen most of the science fiction movies that have appeared in theatres. I loved Star Wars and soon discovered the same interest in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. As I look back at all the movies I have seen, the best of them all is Star Wars; of course, can anybody prove me wrong? The special effects are fabulous, the plot lines are the best of all science fiction movies, and the characters are interesting. All of these things helped turn our generation into science fiction freaks - the biggest group of all being Star Wars fans, with the second, of course, being Trekkies.

The special effects are fantastic in the re-release of Star Wars. The producer wouldn't have spent a tonne of money if the effects weren't going to be great. Some examples are when the Storm Troopers were looking for the escape pod that landed on the planet Tatooine in the beginning of the movie, and they were on those four-legged thingies that look like big worms with a tail and legs. They were really cool! The graphics were enhanced a lot in that scene. Another example is the light sabre battle between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi; the light sabres were coloured in so you couldn't see though them. These are some of the minor new effects but there are many even better effects in the movie. I did enjoy the effects of the movie but I also enjoyed the plot lines and the characters.

The plot lines in these movies are outstanding, and that is one of the reasons why they are the most successful science fiction movies ever. All sci-fi movies these days are usually based on the great Star Wars. The great plots came from the imagination of the creator, George Lucas (who is God in my eyes). Most of the great movie plots involve good battling against evil. Darth Vader, being Luke Skywalker's father, is a great example of this kind of movie. What is ironic is that Darth Vader almost kills Luke to become a part of the "dark side" of The Force. Another sub-plot is Luke likes Princesses Leia but Luke and the princess are brother and sister and they both do not know they are related! Now that is a plot line never used in movies today.

I think all sci-fi movies have great little aliens in them. The greatest robots in this case are R2-D2 and C-3P0. They are the best robots in the movie, because, in my mind, they're the ones that save Luke from death every single time. Another group of characters in the movie that interests me are the Storm Troopers because they're supposed to be Lord Vader's troops, and yet, they die too easily. They should have been made a little harder for Luke, and Han Solo, and everybody else, to kill.

The character I like the best is Han Solo. He's a person whose only goal in life is to find money and pay off his debts. My kind of guy. One of my least favorite characters is Yoda; his words of wisdom are O.K., but the ears are a bit big for his body.

There are some reasons that you should see Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi on the big screen. These movies changed the way we think about space. What is really out there? Is there a Yoda on another planet? Without the making of these movies, these questions wouldn't be on my mind.

May the force be with you!

Front Page Soap Box