WHAT I LIKED: Now that we know everything about these characters and this world it's a rather different experience watching George Lucas' original 'Star Wars,' but it's important to remember that this film is actually one steeped in mystery. Yes from the character back-stories to the politics, or the world itself, the fact that this thing was conceived with five other films around it means that it poses so many questions and provides so few answers to make for a constantly mysterious and intriguing adventure with real atmosphere. This is only enabled though by George Lucas' instantly iconic and tangible world-building where the characters, planets and everything in between feels authentic and requires no explanation because Lucas just seems so comfortable with his vision, and because the style pulls together so many cinematic influences so creatively. This means the world doesn't require much development in the script, and so it crucially has time to place the important character arcs at its centre so it effectively becomes a big character study where a group of brilliantly engaging individuals begin to discover everything along with the audience. This is aided by great performances across the board where the chemistry grows perfectly, and what you get is a constantly engaging, enjoyable and mysterious film that leaves you yearning to find out more.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The plot in itself is fairly simple, and whilst it's undoubtedly the reason for much of its appeal, the film does leave a lot of questions unanswered.
VERDICT: An instant classic thanks to George Lucas' brilliant and mysterious universe-building, 'Star Wars,' is a film that has audiences thoroughly intrigued with its unique approach to sci-fi, but works most as a film because it's actually a rather brilliantly character study at its core.