This is better than 'Indiana Jones'; it's a good movie, and the acting is actually decent. The plot, and all of the rest of it, is pretty serviceable too; it's not bad like that. And, though I won't quote from it here...obviously you could.
It's also important historically, since Star Wars is the only sci-fi franchise which is even almost as successful as Star Trek, and it's also, I think, an important balance to it, not least since its younger, more American, and not obsessed with Shakespeare. (The Eastern connection is interesting, too, and although that aspect of it isn't done with any superhuman genius, I don't think that they butchered it, either.) And, basically, although the captains-and-starships angle (Star Trek), appeal to us, (and, yeah, sometimes you like a little more history), the rebels-and-espionage angle is something that sci-fi wouldn't be sci-fi without (and, yeah, sometimes you like a little less history).
(Also, Star Trek and Star Wars--despite being quarreling siblings--have obviously had a, you know, real big influence on the sci-fi universe, and, together, they basically superseded, I think, the Isaac Asimov generation of sci-fi, *insert Star Wars analogy here*.)
And, yeah, that's Bastila's grandma right there...you're here to rescue me? No, *I'm* here to rescue *you*...it would be a little odd introducing Carth to Han Solo, though, don't you think? ^^
Also: one time I compared the Warning that the Messenger gives to the admiral (Grand Moff, was it?) at the end, with (basically every line of) the Koran.
It's a movie you can have fun with.
But I'm not going to quote from it in this review. ;)
And, you know, one other thing: although, sure, as far as combat is concerned, an improbable roll of the dice (or two), is slapped down here and there, but...it's not 'Indiana Jones'. (Think about it: the 'Last Crusade' was made in 1989, about the Nazis, so, say, 1939. This movie was made earlier--1977--and it doesn't always reach back fifty years the way that the other one does...) What I mean is--rebels die all throughout this movie, from the first scene to the last, more or less. Or, perhaps more correctly: soldiers and pilots.
I mean: think about that first scene, the men take cover, they're getting ready to protect the princess...and then the camera angle changes, and you realize what an exposed position it was...I mean, the first time I watched this, I was a boy, and I thought those guys were going to win, (just like, the first time I was on the Endar Spire in KOTOR, I thought I had a chance to reach Princess Bastila while she was still on the ship, not understanding that this was hard-coded out of the realms of possibility, and that my only valid option was to get parachuted down to a cosmopolitan capital with a familiar name...), and, you know, other guys came, and those guys that I thought were going to win lasted about five minutes, and at the end of it, most of them were dead, and the rest were POWs. (And in the end-fight, the survivors are victors, but, you know, most of them are dead...) And then comes the dark lieutenant to speak over the princess, and then, well--he wiped that pathetic planet off the face of the galaxy, if you will.
So, basic stuff, right--soldiers and sailors, men and guns, pilots and captains...winners and losers, living and dead. Targeting computers, and Beggar's Canyon back home.
It's not a bad movie.