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Latest Star Wars movie opens

Jefferson Eyke, Entertainment Editor

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A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away, a movie so groundbreaking in its plot and special effects released, started one of the most popular franchises in history.

That movie was Star Wars, which was released in 1977 and directed by George Lucas. Five more movies were created after, and now, 10 years after the last movie was released, the newest addition to the Star Wars franchise is upon us.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been anticipated by fans everywhere since the first teaser trailer was released in November of 2014, and after a long wait, the movie finally hits the big screens today. The story of the new movie continues that of the original trilogy and is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, which debuted in 1983.

The movie is under the influence of a new director, J.J. Abrams, known for the latest Star Trek and Mission Impossible movies. Abrams hopes to return to aspects of the original trilogy that focused on fewer computer generated images and more practical effects. The feel of the original movies will be replicated, and CGI effects that left fans shaking their heads during the prequels will be eliminated.

Returning actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) will be joined by Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) to bring to life the next installment of the epic series.

In addition, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, will be making an appearance as a minor character, which helps show the importance of the generational connections between the movies, both past and present.

Although not much of the plot has been released to the public, the various trailers and analyses by Star Wars fans and experts alike hint at the rise of a new conflict for the Star Wars galaxy.

With the rise of Kylo Ren and the brutality of his new First Order, the trailers depict an epic struggle between the Sith and his stormtroopers and a rapidly reforming Rebel Alliance, headed by familiar faces like Princess Leia and Han Solo.

This movie, however, will follow the story lines of Finn, a now ex-stormtrooper who has begun to question the morality of the First Order, and Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, who both get pulled into the galactic fight.

With the three trailers that have been released, the two of us are extremely excited for the movie, and we believe this movie will break box-office records set by the previous movies. We mean, it’s Star Wars; everyone loves the franchise. (Well, mostly everyone).

Our anticipation comes greatly in the fact that this will be the first Star Wars movie that we will be able to see in theaters. Both of our childhoods revolved around the franchise, from Lego sets and video games to clothes and various memorabilia, not to mention owning all of the movies at a young age. The last movie was released in 2005. We were 6 and 7 years old, and our love for the movies had not sprouted yet.

We plan on seeing the movie through the early Dec. 17 premieres, and our excitement is through the roof. The return of familiar characters like Han Solo and Chewbacca only adds to the anticipation as we wait to see how they will interact with the fresh faces Abrams is bringing into the 2015 rendition of the classic story.

May the force be with us.

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Latest Star Wars movie opens