“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” finally opens this week amid unprecedented fanfare – and while devotees of the space-based saga may be drooling with anticipation, the average “Star Wars” layman may be curious what all the fuss is about, or even downright hostile.
“Star Wars” movies are all about pop entertainment, pure and simple; they don’t aim to address a significant sociopolitical issue. Still, the films have undeniable staying power, particularly the original trilogy. Besides ranking among the most financially successful films of all time, they have also influenced hundreds of films in the wake, inspired artists and performers in a number of mediums and permanently permeated our cultural identity. Even if you’ve never seen a “Star Wars” film, you’ve likely heard of some of its characters or lore.
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