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Looking Back At Star Wars 34 Years Later

Posted by Christina Cooper on May 25, 2011 at 8:49 PM

It doesn't seem possible, but 34 years ago, on May 25th, 1977, the world was introduced to Star Wars.  Star Wars has one of the biggest fandoms in the entire galaxy.  Back before it was retitled, A New Hope, Star Wars smashed into theaters, shocking fans at how futuristic the film was.  Overnight, George Lucas changed Hollywood and the lives of his young actors, Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford.   

Star Wars a movie that was years ahead of its time.  A story set in space that tells the classic tale of good verses evil.  Lucas introduced audiences to some absolutely awesome character.  Luke Sywalker, Han Solo, Chewie, Leia and Darth Vader became household names.  Looking back, I remember my first viewing of Star Wars as if it were yesterday.  It was my dad who watched it with me, and now he's to blame for my obsession!   At the age of six, I loved it because of the cool fighting and awesome music.  But as I grew, I began to love Star Wars for the story and the lessons that it taught me.  Of course I loved Han Solo because of his rugged good looks and his bad boy complex.  But I learned to love him because of his flying abilities, leadership within the rebellion, and his loyalty to his friends.  


Luke was the boy with no life who was given the chance to go into the universe and fight the enemy.  He was a natural pilot, and someone every boy (or girl in my case) hoped to be.  He was brave, cute, and had a huge heart.  Star Wars was a film with a big heart and an awesome story.  I know that Lucas gets a bad rap from his fans because of the prequel movies (I mean, Jar Jar.. Really Lucas?), but I'm extremely grateful for the awesome trilogy he did give us.

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