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‘Star Wars’: Why it’s so popular

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), R2-D2, and C-3PO look out the window of a medical frigate at the Millennium Falcon as Lando departs in search of Han Solo.
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), R2-D2, and C-3PO look out the window of a medical frigate at the Millennium Falcon as Lando departs in search of Han Solo. Lucasfilm Ltd.

In 1977. America was in recovery from Vietnam and disco. Anti-heroes ruled the screen such as in “The Godfather.”

Disney had lost its way, and special effects were primitive. Along comes from nowhere a modern myth that sparked a galaxy of merchandise and singlehandly started a revolution in movies. It changed a generation.

This was a movie that almost all studios passed on. It was laughed at by the workers on the film. Why?

Yes, classic Disney influence is there, but my opinion is we want a feel-good movie. Who doesn't smile at the sight of the movable droids bickering like a married couple? Or remember those Ewoks who had mad war skills, the white-knuckle ending or favorite Christmas toy memories.

Basically “Star Wars” combines religion and mythology and altered our world forever

Matthew Tuttle, Fresno

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