Audiences react: ‘Star Wars’ debuts in the US

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Star Wars’ fans brave cold and rain for film release at the Senator.

This time, that great disturbance in the Force is filled with millions of voices suddenly crying out with glee. An Australian couple got married on Thursday as they waited in line for the first U.S. public showings of “Star Wars; The Force Awakens,” while movie theaters around the country held marathons of the previous films in the franchise.Few movie franchises have successfully spanned the decades quite like Star Wars, and even fewer have managed to keep the attention of generations of moviegoers with a single epic story arc.HOMESTEAD (KDKA) — Fans have waited months to see the latest installment in the Star Wars series, and the die-hard fans are stopping at nothing to be among the first in the theater for the big event.

The veteran actor, 73, has released a heartfelt plea to moviegoers not to divulge information about the new film to fellow fans – to allow them to enjoy it themselves. He pointed out that Disney didn’t really need to spend that much promoting the latest Star Wars movie because it’s getting so much free coverage on radio, TV, and social media. “Truth is, they didn’t have to spend a nickel. Online ticket seller Fandango said on Thursday that the new movie, which has received glowing reviews, has already broken its record for the most tickets sold for any film’s entire theatrical run. “The extraordinary ticketing demand is truly unprecedented. This time around, women have leading roles on both sides of the film (they even talk to each other!), people of color aren’t side characters, and the main villain doesn’t sound like he’s sucking through a wet straw for the entire film. (Yes, the prequel trilogy had most of these things too, but they were pretty much objectively terrible films as well.) At one point in the film, Han Solo walks onto the Millennium Falcon—this appears in trailers, so it doesn’t count as a spoiler—and says, “Chewie, we’re home.” Although the film mostly takes place in new settings, with new droids, new weird aliens, and new villains, Han’s line distills the film perfectly: To a Star Wars fan, this feels like coming home. About 30 members of the 501st Legion, a group that dresses up as Stormtroopers and other characters from the “dark side,” were in full effect outside the theater, too.

It rained all day, but Senator Theatre co-owner Kathleen Cusack Lyon noted that the weather broke about 4 p.m., just as the costumed characters got ready to head outside to entertain fans. Fan reactions after the earlier screenings of the movie were positive, with fans saying it went beyond their expectations and brought back feelings of the original trilogy.

And let them enjoy the full satisfaction in having earned the experience, because you want your audience to have an experience, not have something served to them. The movie, which will be the first since Disney bought out the hit franchise, is set to smash box office records in its opening weekend, according to industry analysts. Experts predict that the long-awaited seventh film could rake in between $180 million and $223 million in the US and Canada this weekend – overtaking Jurassic World’s $208.8 million record. She, too, had seen every “Star Wars” film at the Senator, and she was excited for the return of classic characters like R2-D2, “and of course, seeing Han and Chewie back together.” She donned furry Chewbacca-style boots at the front of the line.

This year, new actors including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley—and to a lesser extent, Adam Driver—have imbued that same spirit of possibility into a new generation of characters that could easily keep audiences coming back for another 40 years.

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