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One movie reviewer remembers the first time he watched Star Wars


Thursday, 4th April 2017: This isn’t really the 40th anniversary of watching Star Wars in the cinema – mainly because most Malaysians had to wait a whole 14 months for the movie to get here.

What was the world’s biggest box-office hit at the time, released in May 1977, only arrived here in July 1978, in standard Panavision and “normal” sound. By comparison, Singapore was advertising its screenings in 70mm and six-track Dolby Stereo.

Even the knock-off Battlestar Galactica was in Sensurround (which involved mounting speakers the size of baby elephants at “strategic” points of the cinema, the bass set so low it felt like the fillings were vibrating loose from your teeth), for crying out loud. Not that you could be heard over anything in Sensurround.

Nothing quite prepared for the awesome sight of that Star Destroyer flying in from overhead, a myriad of details on its surface, as John Williams’ incomparable music swelled. And when Darth Vader cracked poor Captain Antilles’ neck and tossed him casually aside … this truly was a bad guy for the ages.

The two hours passed in a heady blur. Even after all the science fiction and comics beenread, all the TV shows and other movies has been watched, seeing alien worlds and creatures, massive starships and space dogfights brought to life in such (for the times) convincing and immersive detail was a fanboy’s delight.

The sacrifices and valour of the heroes, the sheer evil of the villains (you blew up Alderaan, damn you Hammer Films’ Van Helsing!), the roguishness of a certain Corellian scoundrel.

Oddly enough, it wasn’t easy sharing my exuberance about Star Wars at school. Guess many Fifth Formers were too busy being cool to admit to liking such “child-like” pursuits.

Has any cinematic endeavour since then ever quite recaptured the gosh-wow fanboy delight? It was 2012’s box-office flop John Carter, which ironically was one of Star Wars’ inspirations; and then 2014’s surprise smash Guardians Of The Galaxy, which clearly took many cues from Star Wars.

Source by: Internet

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