Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Nearly four decades ago, George Lucas released upon the world a wonderfully epic space opera story, Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope), the events of which occurred “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.”

Star Wars Movie Poster 1977That masterpiece, produced with an $11 million budget, earned 10 Academy Award nominations and won six, and was the only film of its decade to be selected to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

How many times have fans kicked back to enjoy this truly classic film, starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness and Peter Cushing, with droid-faves C-3PO and R2-D2, along with David Prowse as Darth Vadar (voiced by James Earl Jones) and Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca.

Two other movies, starring the same main characters followed three years apart, then, 16 years later, in 1999, the first of a prequel trilogy arrived, with new characters and a whole lot of special effects. While all the Star Wars films have been box office hits, the original trilogy is considered by most as the better movies.

Star Wars The Force AwakensEnter 2015 and Episode VII, bringing back several of the original stars, and surely one of the most anticipated films of the year, though it will not be released until December 2015.

The second trailer for The Force Awakens was released at the Star Wars Celebration in California on April 16, and received over 10 million views on YouTube within the first 24 hours. For those of us who grew up with Star Wars, this should be an exceptionally fun ride.

Thank you George Lucas for providing a lifetime of entertainment. May the force be with you.

Over For Now.

Main Street One