Believe it or not, whether you’ve seen The Force Awakens or not, whether you even like Star Wars or not, you have all been part of history. The newest addition to the Star Wars saga shattered pretty much every opening weekend record there is, including the U.S. domestic record. It posted around 247 million there alone (close to my $250 million prediction). But this is more than just how much money the movie made or how many records it broke. Let’s take a step back and look at the impact this movie has made on the entire world.
During the week leading up to Star Wars and all the way through seeing the movie for the first time last Friday night, I tried to soak in what was happening as much as possible. I knew this was a once in a lifetime kind of experience for a movie fan. Never before had I seen so much anticipation for a movie, nor had I had so much anticipation myself. Star Wars has made an impact on not only the film industry, but on many different aspects of our culture as a whole. That was never more evident than it was last week. Just one example of this that I saw was the fact that multiple sports-related articles were making Star Wars references. You rarely see something like that happen with any other movie franchise.
With all of the bad things that happen in the world, we should all take a step back and enjoy how much something like this brings us together. I saw a few people post on social media about how stupid all of this was and how they didn’t care about Star Wars. And while I respect those opinions, that’s the wrong way to look at it. This movie has brought together people from all walks of life. No matter how rich or poor they are, or what religion they are, or what country they are from, people were looking forward to this movie. It was a conversation topic at dinner tables, in work offices, and classrooms around the world. We really should look at and enjoy the fact that something so small can be so big to so many people and become an easy conversation topic.
The memories of last week will last forever. The buildup and anticipation for this movie was incredible to witness. Even when I saw the movie, there were 50 people in line with my friends and I an hour before the 10pm show. That might not sound like a lot, but you have to consider that I live in a college town, and most of the students had already gone home for winter break. And that was an hour before the show. The theater was completely full when the movie started. Then, I had one of the best theater experiences of my life. I could feel the enjoyment and emotion from the whole crowd. We all laughed, cried, cheered, and were amazed together. It was an incredible journey.
So with all the records being broken and most of the buildup now over (until Episode 8 anyway), just reflect on what you were a witness to as movie fans. If you’ve never seen Star Wars and don’t know what all the hoopla is about, give it a try. Whether you start with the older films, or make The Force Awakens your first, try and watch some of them. I can almost guarantee you will like them to some extent. Then you too can be a part of this cultural phenomenon like the rest of us.
You can read my review for The Force Awakens here.