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The first Star Wars movie came out nearly 40 years ago – 38 if you want to be specific – and has been thrilling viewers ever since. With a new one right around the corner let's dive into some of the things that have made Star Wars so successful (and awesome) over the years.
* Since its release in 1977, it has become one of the most influential movies of all time, spawning numerous TV shows, thousands of books, and over 50 video games.
* Star Wars is so popular that even if you've never seen one of the movies, you still know what it is. Part of what has made Star Wars so great is that it's appealing no matter your age: it’s fun and adventurous for younger kids, it's action packed and humorous for young adults, and for adults, it’s a throwback to the first time they saw the movie when they were young.
* Even though multiple films have been released over the decades Star Wars' popularity has remained consistent in a way that no other series' ever has. Harry Potter? Nope. Hunger Games? Nope. Twilight? Nope. Even though many studios have tried to replicate the success Star Wars has had capturing audiences’ of different age groups, other than J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, nothing has come close to it.
When the new movie hits theaters there are going to be a lot of fans with different expectations. Frankly, I've never seen a Star Wars movie in theaters (Episode III came out when I was 7 and I had to wait for the DVD), so I'm pretty excited just to be seeing a Star Wars film on the big screen. So long as it's an enjoyable movie I'll be happy.
Sound off in comments below and let us know what your expectations for the new film are and if you plan to see it!
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