It’s hard to ignore the hype surrounding this year’s upcoming films. Sisters, a flick about a broken family that learns to love each other, is expected to provide a breath of fresh air with its original comedic plotline. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, the fourth installment of the beloved Chipmunks series, has already been tapped for several Academy Awards. But what about the unlikely movie that’s quickly garnering attention from movie buffs all around the world?
Enter Star Wars: a previously unknown science-fiction series that’s just now receiving worldwide recognition on the eve of it’s seventh installment, The Force Awakens.
“What most people don’t realize is that I’ve been releasing these babies since the 1970s,” said George Lucas, the original creator of the Star Wars series. “At that time, they were more of a hobby, really. I didn’t expect people to relate to whacky characters like Yoda and Han Solo, so when the movies didn’t catch on I wasn’t all that surprised. After all, no one can hear in space, and I’d think it would take an audience a long time to move past that factual improbability.”
While it’s true that the events of the movies are statistically impossible, they may be just the sort of escapist fiction that America needs. Movie critic Janie Larson has a different take on why the franchise has risen to popularity so suddenly:
“You’ve got your western dramas, you’ve got your island love stories, but space? Now that’s a frontier that few people have even considered as a setting for science-fiction stories,” said Larson. “I think these star-wars satiate a need that the public has had for quite some time: proposterous action, romance, and plot twists set in a galaxy far, far away.”
Fans are already raving about the incredible graphics and the killer soundtrack, composed by John Williams, a musician rumored to have been recently discovered on Youtube.
Star Wars has even inspired a few fan-created spinoffs, including Star Trek – a derivative TV show also set in space.
Of course, not everyone is a fan of the hype surrounding Star Wars. Janis Sadek, PTSA President of Darth Middle School, explained, “This astronauton-astronaut violence promotes strictly un-American values. Furthermore, it’s spreading lies to children. The other day, my son asked if it would be possible to murder me with a beam of light. What’s next, magic sticks and wizardry? This has got to stop.”