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REVIEW: The Force Awakens: have you felt it?

November 6, 2015

With the countdown to the biggest movie of the decade down to just over 40 days, the wait is becoming almost unbearable. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be open this December, just in time for the holidays.

Between old and young fans alike, the anticipation for this movie has been through the roof. Recently, the movie broke the record for the most presale tickets in one day by selling $6.5 million. The record was previously less than $1 million.

For old fans of the franchise, the movie is a significant point in history as it is the first Star Wars film to be released in over ten years, with the last being Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. It is also the first film to continue the story after the events of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, which was released way back in 1983.

For younger fans, or even anyone who has never seen a Star Wars film, this movie is a great way to get back into the mythos of the original Star Wars franchise.
“I had never seen any of the Star Wars movies up until recently, when my boyfriend got me to watch them,” said Junior Claire Woodrow. “The fact that this new movie is coming out is great for both old and new fans because it gives a bit of nostalgia for older fans, while giving a completely new story for newer fans.”

The Force Awakens will definitely break an incredible amount of records, with box office predictions already at a $540 million opening day, with many predicting that it will break the $1 billion barrier without breaking a sweat.

But for a movie with such a large scale and such an immense mythos and fan base, one can’t help but ask: what if it’s bad?

“Being an extremely huge Star Wars fan, this movie makes me extremely excited, but also super nervous,” said Junior Matt Engebretsen. “The prequel movies have had a reputation for being sub-par at best, and this is the first movie to continue the original story, so this movie has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of all time, or one of the biggest disappointments.”

For the Star Wars series as a whole, the franchise easily has the biggest expanded universe of any movie ever. The movies have spawned countless books, TV shows, video games and merchandise. Disney plans to release Episode VIII and Episode IX, origin films for Han Solo and Boba Fett and a spinoff movie called Rogue One being released next year as well.

If you are a Star Wars fan at all, these next few years will be a treat. So sit back, relax and get ready, because Star Wars is back, and it’s here to stay. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open on December 18, 2015. Presale tickets are available online.

Cristian Corbett
News Editor

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