Not many movies throughout time have had such an effect on people that they have become a major part of our culture. Certain classics like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and The Godfather have managed to achieve such a status, but perhaps no other movie has had such an impact as the original Star Wars. The movie was released in 1977 and was an immediate success, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike, and soon becoming one of the highest grossing movies of all time. The movie appealed to people of all kinds but most of all to the science fiction community. Anyone who hasn’t seen Star Wars and enjoys science fiction or fantasy has no idea what they are missing out on. The epic story, great characters, and effects on pop culture are enough reason for any science fiction fan to love this movie. The epic story starts out “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” on a remote desert planet and focuses around the events in young Luke Skywalker’s life. Luke is just a humble farmhand working for his uncle, but all of that changes when he comes across two droids that just so happen to be harboring the plans for the evil Empire’s new battle station, the Death Star. After meeting up with Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke sets out on an adventure that involves everything from run-ins at a rough bar to shoot-outs aboard the Death Star and a climactic space battle at the end of the movie. One of the more memorable scenes in the movie is when Obi-Wan is showing Luke how to use a light saber while on their way to Alderaan. Obi-Wan starts to teach Luke the ways of the Force, which he tells Luke is the source of a Jedi’s power, “It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” I believe this is the scene where people really got dragged into the story, and it only got better from there. The dog-fights in space and light saber battles were so thrilling that I was literally on the edge of my seat...
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