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The pressure is on! The Force Awakens is literally only days away from being released, and with the likes of Steven Spielberg coming out and saying things like, “it could be the biggest film ever”, J J Abrams must be feeling those walls closing in. Both Spielberg and Lucas have seen the film and they both seem to “like it”, whatever that means, so perhaps there is hope that it will deliver, regardless I am excited and I’ve got my midnight screening tickets, so we’re all set!

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After watching A New Hope and enjoying the birth of a legacy, The Empire Strikes Back really establishes that legacy, for in all truth Episode V is my favorite Star Wars film so far, and I know I’m not alone on this, what’s your favorite? As much as its a sequel, and part of a larger story, as a stand alone film, it’s classic and oh so entertaining.

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During the birth we got to see some amazing location shooting in Tunisia as the Tatooine system came to life, but this story starts it’s journey in the exact opposite to desert ridden Tatooine, snow laden Hoth. A clever contrast to set up the emotional tale, which is nothing close to being cold, but rather warm and even energizing. Locations and sets are great and exciting, especially when the filmmakers are so creative, but there is no greater entertainment excitement than seeing the returning beloved characters, Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewie, R2-D2, CP3O, Yoda and of course, Darth Vadar himself!

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Remember that first time you watched the second Star Wars 7 trailer and you first saw Han Solo and Chewie together and Harrison Ford in his emphatic but calm voice said, “Chewie, were home.”? Well that’s what watching Episode V feels like, but that emotion lasts for the entire duration of the film! Where Luke came across as a little jerk in Episode IV, here his character experiences the most growth and arc development. Not only does his character expand, but come on, let’s face it, he begins his training with Yoda to become a Jedi, and he learns about The Force and learns a host of other important things too, which I won’t spoil for anyone who hasn’t seen this film, although I really don’t think there are a lot of people out there who haven’t seen it, right!?

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The entire premise of Star Wars honestly ran the risk of being really bad and really cheesy, but instead it gave birth to one of the most celebrated franchises, so what makes it so great? It’s immersive. It keeps you wandering and presents you with a universe that is indeed fascinating, intriguing, plus I honestly believe that the interesting but oh so cool character design for the Star Wars inhabitants is what makes this franchise so unique and noteworthy. What makes Star Wars iconic for you, what draws you in?

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When we look at the technical quality of Episode V, we see a great example of non-lazy filmmaking, great care and meticulous attention is apparent, which has made these films age so well. Watching back, the achievement of Star Wars is truly remarkable and it can rightly be called creative collaborative art. Admittedly all the technical marvel is wasted without a good story, and story is surely king in this installment. This gripping tale, 30+ years is still being recounted to new generations and they love it! Star Wars will most likely live on, forever, especially if Disney has anything to do with it.

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Episode V has so much cultural status and as such I hope you enjoy watching it as you prepare for The Force Awakens, or if you’re all set and ready to you, then, ‘may the force be with you.’

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