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A long, long time ago, a new film burst on the scene like a supernova and expanded the known boundaries of movie science fiction.

The impact of George Lucas’ original Star Wars on both the film industry and the viewing public over the intervening 40-plus years has been phenomenal, leading to sequels, prequels and reboots galore.

For the first time, fantasy sci-fi heroics were matched to imagery, music and special effects that were comprehensively exhilarating. Running like an old-style matinee adventure, everything in the film is geared towards entertainment.

Mark Hamill is exactly right as farm boy Luke Skywalker, who’s joined by Harrison Ford’s Han Solo on a daring interplanetary mission to rescue captive Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and defeat an evil empire.

With monsters, robots and battles galore, it’s irresistible and one of the greatest Hollywood crowdpleasers of all time.