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countries_NNS
and_CC
legal_JJ
systems_NNS
that_CS
take_VB
the_DT
rule_NN
of_IN
law_NN
principle_NN
seriously_RB
,_,
had_HVD
forbidden_VBN
judges_NNS
and_CC
juries_NNS
to_IN
make_NN
judgements_NNS
in_IN
all_PDT
matters_NNS
that_CS
could_MD
involve_VB
them_PP
personally_RB
._.
luckily_RB
,_,
movie_NN
reviewers_NNS
aren't_BER
burdened_VBN
with_IN
such_DT
legislation_NN
._.
otherwise_RB
,_,
small_JJ
pool_NN
of_IN
very_RB
special_JJ
movies_NNS
would_MD
be_BE
forever_RB
ignored_VBN
by_IN
this_DT
reviewer_NN
._.
in_IN
case_NN
of_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
,_,
1977_CD
science_NN
fiction_NN
epic_NN
by_IN
george_NP
lucas_NP
,_,
the_DT
consequences_NNS
would_MD
be_BE
even_RB
more_RBR
severe_JJ
,_,
because_CS
that_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
special_JJ
for_IN
tens_CD
of_IN
millions_NNS
,_,
if_CS
not_XNOT
hundreds_NNS
of_IN
millions_NNS
of_IN
fans_NNS
._.
in_IN
any_DT
case_NN
,_,
objectivity_NN
is_BEZ
something_PN
seldom_RB
seen_VBN
in_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
reviews_NNS
,_,
because_CS
undisputed_JJ
majority_NN
of_IN
reviewers_NNS
rate_NN
it_PP
as_CS
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
best_JJS
,_,
if_NN
not_XNOT
the_DT
best_JJS
film_NN
of_IN
all_PDT
times_NNS
._.
those_DT
who_WP
don't_DO
usually_RB
have_HV
some_DT
difficulties_NNS
in_IN
hiding_VBG
their_PP$
artistic_JJ
snobbery_NN
._.
the_DT
author_NN
of_IN
this_DT
review_NN
must_MD
also_RB
concede_VB
his_PP$
inability_NN
to_IN
use_NN
cold_JJ
,_,
objective_NN
standards_NNS
in_IN
reviewing_VBG
this_DT
film_NN
._.
like_IN
so_RB
many_DT
previous_JJ
reviewers_NNS
,_,
i_PP
must_MD
note_VB
that_DT
i_PP
watched_VBD
star_NN
wars_NNS
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
twenty_CD
years_NNS
ago_RB
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
i_PP
remained_VBD
enchanted_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
experience_NN
ever_RB
since_CS
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
was_BEDZ
childlike_JJ
fascination_NN
with_IN
,_,
until_CS
then_RB
unimaginable_JJ
,_,
wonders_NNS
that_CS
happened_VBD
long_JJ
time_NN
ago_RB
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
galaxy_NN
far_RB
away_RB
._.
or_CC
perhaps_RB
it_PP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
rush_NN
i_PP
felt_VBD
minutes_NNS
before_IN
the_DT
opening_NN
shots_NNS
,_,
with_IN
my_PP$
expectations_NNS
already_RB
pumped_VBN
up_RP
by_IN
serialised_JJ
comic_NN
books_NNS
and_CC
novelisation_NP
i_PP
had_HVD
read_VBN
before_IN
._.
anyway_RB
,_,
watching_VBG
of_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
was_BEDZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
movie_NN
going_VBG
experiences_NNS
of_IN
my_PP$
life_NN
._.
and_CC
it_PP
was_BEDZ
also_RB
unmatched_VBN
for_IN
many_DT
years_NNS
to_IN
come_VB
,_,
because_CS
very_RB
few_DT
movies_NNS
managed_VBD
to_TO
have_HV
such_DT
a_DT
strong_JJ
impact_NN
on_IN
me_PP
like_IN
george_NP
lucas_NP
'_"
epic_NN
._.
star_NN
wars_NNS
wasn't_BEDZ
just_RB
important_JJ
movie_NN
for_IN
me_PP
(_(
or_CC
the_DT
millions_NNS
of_IN
fans_NNS
who_WP
probably_RB
share_VB
the_DT
same_DT
sentiment_NN
)_)
._.
it_PP
was_BEDZ
the_DT
defining_VBG
moment_NN
in_IN
the_DT
history_NN
of_IN
modern_JJ
cinema_NN
._.
until_CS
than_CS
,_,
american_JJ
motion_NN
picture_NN
industry_NN
was_BEDZ
in_IN
a_DT
limbo_NN
;_;
social_JJ
turmoil_NN
in_IN
1960s_CD
practically_RB
destroyed_VBN
the_DT
old_JJ
hollywood_NP
,_,
and_CC
new_JJ
authors_NNS
filled_VBN
the_DT
void_NN
,_,
mostly_RB
by_IN
using_VBG
hollywood_NP
's_POS
financial_JJ
and_CC
technical_JJ
resources_NNS
to_IN
create_VB
serious_JJ
,_,
"_"
personal_JJ
"_"
or_CC
"_"
artsy_NN
"_"
movies_NNS
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
audience_NN
,_,
traumatised_VBN
of_IN
dark_JJ
reality_NN
of_IN
vietnam_NP
and_CC
watergate_JJ
,_,
didn't_DOD
want_VB
to_TO
see_VB
the_DT
same_DT
dark_JJ
and_CC
serious_JJ
content_NN
on_IN
the_DT
silver_NN
screen_NN
._.
george_NP
lucas_NP
with_IN
its_PP$
science_NN
fiction_NN
epic_NN
was_BEDZ
among_IN
the_DT
first_OD
to_IN
come_VB
into_IN
rescue_NN
._.
the_DT
audience_NN
responded_VBD
with_IN
unprecedented_JJ
enthusiasm_NN
,_,
and_CC
huge_JJ
financial_JJ
success_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
later_RBR
backed_VBN
by_IN
supplement_NN
industry_NN
of_IN
toys_NNS
,_,
books_NNS
,_,
comics_NNS
,_,
role_NN
playing_VBG
games_NNS
and_CC
other_JJ
merchandise_NN
,_,
slowly_RB
began_VBD
to_TO
change_VB
the_DT
face_NN
of_IN
hollywood_NP
._.
serious_JJ
,_,
adult_NN
movies_NNS
with_IN
artistic_JJ
ambitions_NNS
faded_VBN
into_IN
oblivion_NN
,_,
and_CC
were_BED
replaced_VBN
by_IN
industrial_JJ
products_NNS
of_IN
"_"
blockbuster_NN
"_"
philosophy_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
biggest_JJS
casualties_NNS
of_IN
that_DT
trend_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
science_NN
fiction_NN
movie_NN
genre_NN
._.
until_CS
1977_CD
,_,
science_NN
fiction_NN
movies_NNS
were_BED
mostly_RB
in_IN
b-production_NP
domain_NN
._.
in_IN
late_JJ
2001_CD
,_,
bigger_JJR
budgets_NNS
for_IN
science_NN
fiction_NN
didn't_DOD
look_VB
so_RB
strange_JJ
anymore_RB
,_,
thanks_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
great_JJ
success_NN
of_IN
2001_CD
:_:
a_DT
space_NN
odyssey_NN
._.
but_CC
the_DT
same_DT
success_NN
coincided_VBD
with_IN
the_DT
surge_NN
of_IN
pesimism_NN
,_,
and_CC
hollywood_NP
science_NN
fiction_NN
was_BEDZ
as_IN
bleak_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
production_NN
-_-
mostly_RB
dark_JJ
,_,
dystopic_JJ
movies_NNS
._.
however_RB
,_,
in_IN
1977_CD
star_NN
wars_NNS
showed_VBD
once_RB
and_CC
for_IN
all_PDT
that_DT
this_DT
genre_NN
can_MD
be_BE
inspiration_NN
for_IN
popular_JJ
movies_NNS
,_,
even_RB
among_IN
the_DT
audience_NN
that_CS
usually_RB
doesn't_DOZ
like_IN
it_NN
._.
as_CS
a_DT
result_NN
,_,
seriousness_NN
in_IN
cinematic_JJ
science_NN
fiction_NN
began_VBD
fading_VBG
away_RB
,_,
although_CS
some_DT
good_JJ
,_,
dark_JJ
and_CC
cult_NN
quality_NN
sf_NN
and_CC
continued_VBD
to_TO
be_BE
filmed_VBN
until_CS
early_JJ
1980s_CD
._.
after_IN
that_DT
,_,
science_NN
fiction_NN
continued_VBD
to_TO
be_BE
considered_VBN
a_DT
synonym_NN
for_IN
family_NN
entertainment_NN
._.
ironically_RB
,_,
the_DT
man_NN
responsible_JJ
for_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
was_BEDZ
in_IN
its_PP$
time_NN
considered_VBN
to_IN
be_BE
member_NN
of_IN
"_"
new_JJ
hollywood_NP
"_"
generation_NN
of_IN
young_JJ
movie_NN
authors_NNS
who_WP
made_VBD
"_"
artsy_NN
"_"
and_CC
"_"
personal_JJ
"_"
films_NNS
in_IN
early_JJ
1970s_CD
._.
george_NP
lucas_NP
established_VBD
himself_PPX
with_IN
the_DT
dystopic_JJ
sf_NN
movie_NN
thx_???
1138_CD
,_,
and_CC
nostalgic_JJ
drama_NN
american_JJ
graffiti_NN
._.
both_RB
movies_NNS
were_BED
considered_VBN
"_"
personal_JJ
"_"
in_IN
its_PP$
time_NN
,_,
despite_IN
latter_DT
one_CD
becoming_VBG
very_RB
popular_JJ
._.
in_IN
a_DT
sense_NN
,_,
star_NN
wars_NNS
is_BEZ
an_DT
also_RB
very_RB
"_"
personal_JJ
"_"
film_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
thorny_???
way_NN
to_IN
the_DT
final_JJ
production_NN
shows_VBZ
that_CS
commercial_JJ
considerations_NNS
were_BED
against_IN
it_PP
,_,
not_XNOT
for_IN
it_PP
._.
but_CC
unlike_IN
many_DT
"_"
personal_JJ
"_"
movies_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
era_NN
,_,
its_PP$
"_"
personality_NN
"_"
was_BEDZ
in_IN
line_NN
with_IN
the_DT
wishes_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
general_JJ
audience_NN
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
,_,
set_NN
"_"
a_DT
long_JJ
time_NN
ago_RB
,_,
in_IN
a_DT
galaxy_NN
far_RB
away_RB
"_"
,_,
begins_VBZ
in_IN
a_DT
time_NN
of_IN
civil_JJ
war_NN
._.
the_DT
evil_JJ
empire_NN
is_BEZ
threatened_VBN
by_IN
rebels_NNS
who_WP
want_VB
to_TO
restore_VB
the_DT
old_JJ
republic_NN
._.
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
quash_NP
any_DT
opposition_NN
,_,
the_DT
empire_NN
had_HVD
built_VBN
death_NN
star_NN
,_,
superweapon_NN
powerful_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
destroy_VB
whole_JJ
planets_NNS
._.
the_DT
information_NN
about_IN
death_NN
star_NN
,_,
acquired_VBN
by_IN
rebel_NN
intelligence_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
being_BEG
transported_VBN
by_IN
princess_NN
leia_???
organa_NP
(_)
carrie_NP
fisher_NP
)_)
when_CS
her_PP
ship_VB
gets_VBZ
intercepted_VBD
by_IN
imperial_JJ
cruiser_NN
._.
princess_NN
is_BEZ
arrested_VBN
by_IN
imperial_JJ
warlord_NP
darth_NP
vader_NP
(_(
played_VBD
by_IN
david_NP
prowse_NN
and_CC
voice_NN
by_IN
james_NP
earl_NN
jones_NP
)_)
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
information_NN
is_BEZ
being_BEG
sent_VBN
to_IN
nearby_JJ
desert_NN
planet_NN
of_IN
tatooine_JJ
via_IN
two_CD
humanoid_NN
robots_NNS
-_-
c3po_???
(_(
anthony_NP
daniels_NP
)_)
and_CC
r2d2_???
(_(
kenny_NP
baker_NP
)_)
._.
those_DT
two_CD
robots_NNS
are_BER
sold_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
family_NN
of_IN
luke_NP
skywalker_NN
(_(
mark_NN
hamill_NP
)_)
,_,
young_JJ
restless_JJ
man_NN
who_WP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
leave_NN
his_PP$
farm_NN
and_CC
become_VB
space_NN
pilot_NN
._.
his_PP$
adventure_NN
begins_VBZ
when_CS
r2d2_???
escapes_VBZ
,_,
because_CS
the_DT
information_NN
must_MD
reach_VB
mysterious_JJ
local_JJ
hermit_NN
obi_???
wan_NP
kenobi_NP
(_(
alec_NP
guiness_NN
)_)
._.
old_JJ
man_NN
is_BEZ
actually_RB
the_DT
last_OD
surviving_JJ
jedi_NP
knight_NP
,_,
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ancient_JJ
order_NN
that_CS
defended_VBD
republic_NN
through_IN
the_DT
use_NN
of_IN
mystical_JJ
force_NN
._.
after_IN
some_DT
hesitation_NN
,_,
luke_NP
agrees_VBZ
to_IN
join_NN
obi_???
wan_NP
in_CD
his_PP$
mission_NN
to_IN
save_VB
the_DT
princess_NN
,_,
while_CS
the_DT
old_JJ
man_NN
would_MD
teach_VB
him_PP
the_DT
ways_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
force_NN
._.
their_PP$
small_JJ
band_NN
comes_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
colourful_JJ
spaceport_NN
of_IN
moss_NP
eisely_RB
,_,
where_CS
they_PP
hire_VB
the_DT
spaceship_NN
owned_VBN
by_IN
rogue_NN
pilot_NN
han_NP
solo_NN
(_(
harrison_NP
ford_NP
)_)
and_CC
his_PP$
furry_JJ
sidekick_NN
chewbacca_NP
(_(
peter_NP
mayhew_NN
)_)
._.
critics_NNS
who_WP
don't_DO
like_VB
the_DT
movie_NN
,_,
especially_RB
those_DT
who_WP
can't_MD
forgive_VB
lucas_NP
for_IN
his_PP$
contribution_NN
to_IN
the_DT
quashing_NN
of_IN
"_"
new_JJ
hollywood_NP
"_"
,_,
are_BER
prone_JJ
to_TO
point_VB
the_DT
lack_NN
of_IN
originality_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
surface_NN
,_,
they_PP
might_MD
be_BE
right_JJ
;_;
lucas_NP
himself_NN
admits_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
found_VBD
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
inspiration_NN
in_IN
the_DT
lore_NN
of_IN
old_JJ
hollywood_NP
-_-
westerns_NNS
,_,
wwii_???
aviation_NN
movies_NNS
,_,
old_JJ
sf_NN
cliffhanger_NN
serials_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
1940s_CD
and_CC
1940s_CD
;_;
yet_RB
the_DT
most_DT
obvious_JJ
element_NN
would_MD
be_BE
akira_NP
kurosawa_NP
's_POS
samurai_???
classic_JJ
the_DT
hidden_JJ
fortress_NN
._.
on_IN
the_DT
other_JJ
hand_NN
,_,
those_DT
who_WP
had_HVD
spent_VBN
last_OD
two_CD
decades_NNS
studying_VBG
the_DT
movie_NN
to_IN
death_NN
would_MD
say_VB
that_DT
the_DT
inspiration_NN
for_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
went_VBD
even_RB
further_JJR
-_-
into_IN
collective_JJ
subconscious_JJ
of_IN
western_JJ
civilisation_NN
(_(
hinted_VBN
by_IN
some_DT
mild_JJ
tolkien_NP
references_NNS
)_)
._.
the_DT
others_NNS
would_MD
find_VB
the_DT
author_NN
's_POS
element_NN
within_IN
the_DT
story_NN
-_-
star_NN
wars_NNS
could_MD
be_BE
seen_VBN
as_IN
an_DT
anti-_???
establishment_NN
film_NN
;_;
young_JJ
,_,
long-haired_JJ
,_,
easy_JJ
going_VBG
,_,
nature-loving_VBG
heroes_NNS
are_BER
fighting_VBG
against_IN
old_JJ
,_,
uptight_JJ
and_CC
oppressive_JJ
forces_NNS
who_WP
use_VB
supertechnology_NN
in_IN
most_DT
demonic_JJ
purposes_NNS
._.
even_RB
out_RP
of_IN
its_PP$
historical_JJ
or_CC
social_JJ
context_NN
,_,
star_NN
wars_NNS
is_BEZ
an_DT
impressive_JJ
as_IN
a_DT
strictly_RB
technical_JJ
piece_NN
of_IN
the_DT
seven_CD
art_NN
._.
george_NP
lucas_NP
'_"
direction_NN
is_BEZ
very_RB
good_JJ
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
clever_JJ
editing_NN
and_CC
a_DT
well-paced_JJ
segments_NNS
between_IN
action_NN
and_CC
dramatic_JJ
buildup_???
._.
characters_NNS
are_BER
well-drawn_VBN
and_CC
deliver_VB
all_PDT
the_DT
necessary_JJ
ingredients_NNS
,_,
both_RB
for_IN
the_DT
space_NN
opera_NN
and_CC
hollywood_NP
blockbuster_NN
._.
we_PP
have_HV
a_DT
"_"
coming-of-age_NN
"_"
hero_NN
,_,
damsel-in-distress_NN
(_(
somewhat_RB
toned_VBN
down_RP
due_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
popular_JJ
feminist_NN
trends_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
time_NN
)_)
,_,
reluctant_JJ
helper_NN
,_,
benevolent_JJ
mentor_NN
,_,
diabolical_JJ
villain_NN
and_CC
,_,
finally_RB
,_,
comic_NN
relief_NN
in_IN
form_NN
of_IN
two_CD
non-human_NN
characters_NNS
._.
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
actors_NNS
are_BER
very_RB
good_JJ
-_-
alec_NP
guiness_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
most_DT
famous_JJ
role_NN
to_IN
date_NN
,_,
james_NP
earl_NN
jones_NP
whose_WP$
voice_NN
is_BEZ
enough_RB
to_IN
cause_NN
unease_NN
,_,
peter_NP
cushing_NN
as_IN
an_DT
incarnation_NN
of_IN
pure_JJ
evil_NN
in_IN
human_JJ
form_NN
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
the_DT
same_DT
can't_MD
be_BE
said_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
leads_NNS
-_-
among_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
trio_NN
of_IN
mark_NN
hamill_NP
,_,
carrie_NP
fisher_NP
and_CC
harrison_NP
ford_NP
,_,
only_RB
the_DT
last_OD
one_CD
had_HVD
the_DT
character_NN
three-dimensional_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
launch_VB
his_PP$
further_JJR
acting_NN
career_NN
._.
the_DT
thing_NN
that_CS
looked_VBD
like_IN
the_DT
most_DT
important_JJ
segment_NN
of_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
phenomena_NNS
during_IN
its_PP$
initial_JJ
release_NN
was_BEDZ
the_DT
new_JJ
level_NN
of_IN
special_JJ
effects_NNS
technology_NN
._.
often_RB
comparisons_NNS
with_IN
2001_CD
:_:
space_NN
odyssey_NN
,_,
another_DT
ground-breaking_JJ
sf_NN
film_NN
,_,
were_BED
citing_VBG
the_DT
sheer_JJ
number_NN
of_IN
effects_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
proof_NN
of_IN
the_DT
lucas_NP
'_"
superiority_NN
over_IN
kubrick_NP
._.
however_RB
,_,
the_DT
special_JJ
effects_NNS
by_IN
john_NP
dykstra_NN
and_CC
john_NP
stears_NNS
are_BER
indeed_RB
impressive_JJ
,_,
even_RB
after_IN
two_CD
decades_NNS
(_(
although_CS
1997_CD
special_JJ
edition_NN
did_DOD
improve_VB
them_PP
significantly_RB
)_)
,_,
yet_RB
they_PP
aren't_BER
the_DT
most_DT
remembered_VBD
trademark_NN
of_IN
the_DT
movie_NN
._.
that_CS
honour_NN
should_MD
definitely_RB
go_VB
to_IN
the_DT
"_"
oscar_NP
"_"
-winning_VBG
soundtrack_NN
by_IN
john_NP
williams_NP
,_,
whose_WP$
work_NN
on_IN
star_NN
wars_NNS
is_BEZ
probably_RB
the_DT
brightest_RBS
gem_NN
in_CD
his_PP$
brilliant_JJ
career_NN
._.
newer_JJR
generations_NNS
of_IN
viewers_NNS
might_MD
be_BE
somewhat_RB
deprived_VBN
of_IN
the_DT
enchantment_NN
that_CS
still_RB
holds_VBZ
those_DT
lucky_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
witness_VB
star_NN
wars_NNS
original_JJ
release_NN
._.
yet_RB
,_,
even_RB
if_CS
they_PP
are_BER
immune_JJ
to_TO
the_DT
george_NP
lucas_NP
'_"
magic_NN
they_PP
should_MD
watch_VB
this_DT
film_NN
nevertheless_RB
,_,
perhaps_RB
only_RB
to_IN
become_VB
familiar_JJ
with_IN
something_PN
that_CS
is_BEZ
essential_JJ
part_NN
of_IN
contemporary_JJ
culture_NN
._.