Today one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever made Star Wars celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
When Star Wars opened in theaters on May 25, 1977, no one imagined that the space drama set in a galaxy far, far away would become such a pop culture phenomenon that would remain one of the most successful franchises of all time. Especially probably not even creator George Lucas. Star Wars is the third highest grossing film and has spun sequels (not to mention a Lego movie version) as well as comics, novels and action figures; opening it up to a whole new generation of fans and movie lovers.
I remember when Star Wars premiered on that day in 1977. I was an eleven year from Philadelphia and went to see it in my local movie theater. From the moment the title music played, I was hooked. The theme of Star Wars still stirs me to this day, it’s epic. Of course at that time, I missed most of the plot as like most children, I focused on the action and setting rather than the characterizations. But I knew from the start I would be a Harrison Ford fan for life. His Hans Solo was the lovable rogue, which is the character I always fell for. He was a hero, but not the conventional one. If it wasn’t for Star Wars, I don’t think I would have ever taken an interest in Ford’s acting (And I would have missed out on Indiana Jones, another favorite). Additionally, the late Carrie Fisher as Leia was the kind of female character that was refreshing. She wasn’t a “save me from the bad guy” princess, she’d get down in the trenches and fight (some times better) than her male counterparts. And Mark Hamill’s Luke was the good guy to cheer. The pairing of Fisher, Hamill and Harrison was magical and unforgettable.
Thanks Star Wars for touching so many lives with the message of hope, faith and teamwork.
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