It’s official, mediocrity sells. That’s not news to many of us. What am I speaking of? Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the #1 movie of all time in America. The tickets sold have passed the $800 million mark! If it continues on it’s current pace it will soon be the all time #1 movie worldwide. Just from a pure numbers stand point, what this movie is doing is incredible. Not bad for a so so movie.
I have spent most of my life as a big fan of the Star Wars movies. Over the years I have seen them, especially The Empire Strikes Back, countless times. I was fortunate enough as a young boy to have seen Star Wars in 1977, quite an experience. I have seen The Force Awakens and it was my intention to return to the theater the following week or two and watch it again. However, it just hasn’t happened. I do not feel compelled to return for a second veiwing, at this time. Did I enjoy The Force Awakens? Yes I did, overall it was a fun sci fi adventure movie. However, it really didn’t stay with me after it was over. The movie came across a bit hollow, the overall story a bit tired and most of the new characters fell flat. As inept as The Phantom Menace was it left more of an impression on me. Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul and a young Obi-Won Kenobi were all great additions to the Star Wars universe. When The Force Awakens dvd is released later this year I am sure that I will buy it. Despite my so so feeling I am eager too see the sequel, but I will manage my expections.
This is all just the opinions of one lone Star Wars fan whose life was changed, A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. For now Star Wars: Episode 7 is ruling the galaxy. Apparently the force is strong with this one and it has awakened a lot of fans to spend a ton of money. But it almost feels like someone pulled a Jedi mind trick and convinced people that this was a great movie.