Siskel and Ebert Review “Star Wars” During the Film’s Second Release
by Matthew Gilligan
One of the most popular films of all time was released for a second run in theaters during the holiday season in 1977 and critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert decided to review the film for a second time.
Star Wars originally came out in theaters in May 1977 but the well-known duo shared their thoughts about the iconic film several months after the original premiere.
Ebert summed up Star Wars like this in the review: “So there you have it, your basic intergalactic warfare as the heroic princess is snatched away from the Death Star by the intrepid space buccaneers. And what’s the meaning of it all? Who knows and who cares?
Star Wars became the new box office champion by providing 100% escapist entertainment. It’s one of those moves that seem to play to every sort of audience to bring out the kid in all of us.”