Well, STAR WARS was on the cover of both Time and Newsweek the week it came out, so I’m not sure it was that much word of mouth. But none of my high school buddies were all that excited to see it. Nor was I, but the idea of a space western intrigued me. It’s the only movie I’ve ever seen two days in a row, opening Firday night and then Saturday afternoon. Absolutely blew me away.
Ep V: TESB is far and away the best of the series. So as long as that is listed #1, I honestly don’t care that much about the other rankings. It still feels like it was made recently. Chris Nolan owes a huge debt to Irvin Kirshner and Lawrence Kasdan.