Let's take a few minutes to remember the Star Wars movie that started it all. A new mock movie trailer from YouTube comedy channel Screen Junkies simultaneously celebrates and skewers the 1977 sci-fi classic.
If you're not familiar with the Screen Junkies' "Honest Trailers" series, it's all about teasing films with an honest assessment of their weaknesses.
The trailer gets right to the point. "From the once masterful director who just couldn't leave well enough alone comes the special-effects blockbuster that transformed the entire film industry into an assembly line for special-effects blockbusters and action figures," says a narrator with the classic, deep film trailer voice. The word "iconic" gets dropped a lot.
The parody trailer doesn't shy away from Star Wars controversies, including mention of how Princess Leia is one of only two human females in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." It also brings up that droids, conscious beings with free will, are bought and sold.
Hero Luke Skywalker is reduced to "a whiny space brat," and gets compared to the much-maligned Anakin Skywalker from the prequels. Burn. The Stormtroopers are summed up as "an army of clumsy idiots."
There are plenty of Easter eggs dropped in the trailer, including Darth Vader's decidedly unintimidating original voice and references to the altered special edition films that are stocked with unnecessary CGI.
At just over four minutes in length, this is a pretty epic trailer. It should give fans a good laugh, though it's also bound to stir up defensive feelings in some hard-core fans. Screen Junkies proactively ribs those folks.
"Relive all the parts your nostalgia-goggles keep you from admitting were kind of dumb," the narrator intones.
The video was released Tuesday, just one month before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is set to hits theaters on December 17 in the UK and Australia and December 18 in the US.