Egypt Theater Cancels Star Wars Showings on Opening Day

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

George Lucas is now a dwarf planet in his own galaxy: Menon.

There’s good news for Star Wars fans. That ol’ breakup feeling bubbled up more than once during the over-hyped seventh chapter of the “Star Wars” saga, “The Force Awakens,” out on Thursday. We’ll see!” Regardless of Ford’s involvement and Solo’s future, the character’s past is something we will definitely be seeing, with Lucasfilm and Disney currently developing a prequel centring on the smuggler’s early years. “He’ll definitely be probably in the high teens, low 20s,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said. “We’re not introducing you to a 10-year-old Han Solo.” Then he grinned and pointed at Lucas’s chest, as if to say, “He’s the man.” The premiere in Los Angeles spread out across three theatres on Hollywood Blvd.

His take on the “Star Wars” universe does everything the much-maligned prequels did not; that is it focuses on character and adventure not treaties or political dealings. For some reason, it captured our imagination.” “It blew their mind when they saw Han Solo and Chewbacca in the first teaser trailer,” said Miller. “No one loves those characters any less after 25 or 30 years. Set thirty years after “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” and the defeat of the Galactic Empire, “The Force Awakens” sees Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and a new set of allies — including scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) an AWOL Stormtrooper and budding resistance fighter, daredevil pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and the lovable basketball-shaped droid BB-8 — battle against “a dark shadow spreading across the galaxy,” Darth Vader wannabe Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

There were celebrity guests paying costumed homage: Rainn Wilson in a Jedi robe; Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Yoda face paint; Sofia Vergara with her hair twirled into classic Princess Leia buns. But the scorned prequels got one big thing right — the intangible “Star Wars” spirit. “The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith” all felt like honest-to-goodness “Star Wars” entries, despite their shortcomings. Iconic lines of dialogue are rehashed, favorite characters awkwardly return and specific plot points from “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” are repackaged with millennial flair. She’s powerful, human, self-sufficient — “Don’t take my hand,” she snarls at Finn as he tries to lead her to safety — and would never even consider wearing a gold bikini. He’s a little bit goofy, a lot brave and in over his head but because he thinks with his heart and not his head he’s a welcome, charming presence.

Before that, we instantly latched onto Luke Skywalker’s naive eagerness and need for escape, like any epic hero, be he Bilbo Baggins or Harry Potter. Teaming Solo, Chewie and the Millennium Falcon provides an undeniable nostalgic rush but they are here as more than just cameos to pay tribute to the past. Ford’s Spencer Tracy-esque vibe allows him the gravitas to utter lines like “The galaxy is counting on us,” while sidekick Chewie says much without actually speaking words.

In a span of 16 years, undergoing something of a Jedi to Sith conversion of his own, Lucas went from supplier of grade school bliss to destroyer of childhood memories. The first prequel was titled The Phantom Menace, which now seems apt: Lucas had returned like a bearded apparition and accidentally set fire to childhood nostalgia. Their first meeting exemplifies the movie’s playful tone. “You’ve changed your hair,” Hans says to his old flame, noticing her famous bagel hair buns are gone. On Monday, before he attended the first Star Wars movie to contain his DNA but none of his fingerprints, Lucas looked circumspect, as if detecting a disturbance in the Force. As he told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s about what one generation leaves behind and the next generation has to deal with.” Abrams inherited what Lucas left behind.

It’s the right mix of space-opera-cool and character that will please the hard-core fans that see this as just another piece of a much larger puzzle but also works as a standalone story as well.

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