We are fast approaching “Star Wars Day” for 2023 and what better way to lead into the celebration than with a theatrical re-release of the bonafide classic “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of The Jedi” which celebrates its own 40th Anniversary in the coming weeks. The film is being presented for a limited time in limited theaters so you’ll need to do some Googling about that to see if it will be playing near you. I’ve added the brand-new poster, and more down below.
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….” – It’s amazing to realize that this amazing Space Opera was released forty years ago on this very day. I don’t need to cite how those introductory words brought us to the flourish of the orchestrated soundtrack while the opening crawl began and filled us in about what was going on in this particular galaxy. The ride began here and what a ride it’s been. The film and its subsequent sequels have become one of the biggest selling franchises in cinematic history.
I’m happy to report that I saw this film not long after it opened in the cinema, and it was at the now shuttered Ziegfeld Theater in NYC with my Grandmother. She had taken me as a birthday present as the film opened up a few days before I would be celebrating. I don’t remember how long after it opened that we went but it was not open long for sure. I don’t have the ticket from the show as one wasn’t keeping that sort of stuff way back then, or at least I wasn’t – Yet 🙂 I loved the film and am pretty sure that I convinced Nan to take me again or the parents. I wasn’t seeing movies with my friends yet back in 1977. When did you see this film? Are you old enough to have said you saw it during its original theatrical run like I was fortunate to do? Hopefully you aren’t one of those folks that have never seen the film because I have heard that a few of you are out there. I’ll run down the cast in a moment but first – Behold the Original “Star Wars” Theatrical Poster. Magnificent isn’t it?
The wait is over at long last, you are no longer anxiously awaiting the continuing adventures from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away because the 7th installment in the “Star Wars” franchise arrives with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which opens up in more theaters than you can possibly imagine today. Now there was an LA premiere a couple of days ago and I am sure some members of the media were at exclusive screenings (you lucky ducks) but the focus in on the masses of humanity that are slavering and checking their watches to coordinate their own attendance. Check out the poster, a reminder of the premise for those under a rock and the cast before I return to offer up some additional thoughts on it all.
The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and features new leads Finn, Rey, and Poe Dameron alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.
Harrison Ford as Han Solo
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren
Daisy Ridley as Rey
John Boyega as Finn
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron
Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata
Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux
Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca
Max von Sydow
Kenny Baker as R2D2
Tim Rose as Admiral Ackbar
Gwendoline Christie stars as Captain Phasma
Kiran Shah as Teedo
Additionally, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Christina Chong, Miltos Yerolemou, Greg Grunberg, Warwick Davis, Billie Lourd, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Amybeth Hargreaves, Leanne Best, Jessica Henwick, and Simon Pegg were cast in unspecified roles.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Considering I’m one of the people that fell into the smallest factions that did NOT take advantage of purchasing tickets when they went on sale a couple of months ago I feel that I am not going to be able to see the new Star Wars until February or March based on the demand. I’ll ask those readers who might somehow feel compelled about commenting in on this post about it to leave it to stuff along the lines of “I loved it, its great” or “OMG that made me want Jar Jar Binks back” as opposed to any significant plot developments or deeper secret reveals. I’ve had my hands full with all the constant spoilers of “The Walking Dead” to contend with and don’t want this guilty pleasure ruined for me as well. So what are your plans this opening day? Will you see the film at some point today or are you one of the lucky ones who managed to see it in some kind of exclusive screening or in Los Angeles the other day? Whatever the case may be let me know in the comments below. Perhaps I will try and sneak an early matinee on a day when I am hoping no one else will be hitting the film before my myriad of Fellow Facebook Geeks force me to turn off my profile for a month. May The Force be with you…..always.