In 1977, 20th Century Fox released the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.” The film quickly grew in popularity, grossing $775 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film of all time until “E.T.” surpassed it five years later. Since the seventies, the franchise has grown, including the release of many toys and LEGOS, video games, books, and even TV shows. In recent years, the Star Wars franchise, as well as its production company, Lucasfilm, was purchased by Disney for $4 billion.
Here at The Gregory School, many people are enamored with the Star Wars franchise. Mr. Nielsen and junior Alan Siqueiros are two of the most passionate Star Wars fanatics on campus.
First Star Wars experience?
Mr. Nielsen: My first Star Wars experience was as a child. I honestly don’t remember seeing the movies in the movie theater. But I do remember watching them on really grainy VHS tapes when I was a kid, multiple times. And I distinctly remember having this collection of really amazing Star Wars toys that my aunt had given me.
Alan Siqueiros: I was at my uncle’s house when he was playing “Episode Three: Revenge of the Sith.” I was eight years old at the time, and when I saw it, I was like, “Oh cool, that seems pretty awesome.” I learned that Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader were the same person, and I thought that was an interesting concept.
How do you think Disney has interpreted the Star Wars Franchise?
Mr. Nielsen: I like it. I know some people took issue with “The Force Awakens” because they thought it was very derivative. I think it was very interesting the way J.J. Abrams tapped into real fear, anxieties and historical precedents to inform his films.
Alan Siqueiros: I think they have done a really good job at it. Many people were worried that Disney would turn it into a kids’ thing. Disney knew what to do with the franchise.
Mr: Nielsen: Probably Luke Skywalker just because he is such a classic hero, and he has a very clean story arc.
Alan Siqueiros: I’d have to say Boba Fett, and that’s mainly because of the huge shroud of mystery that that character has. People want to know him more.
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