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10 Reasons Why Star Wars Appeals to So Many People

Updated on October 15, 2017
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Craig has been a writer on HubPages since 2013. He is currently studying for Marketing at Nottingham Trent University—in the land of Robin.

Star Wars - a symbol of hope, victory over defeat, great evil dictator stomping on the little guy chaos, and it even stars Harrison Ford - so it must be good
Star Wars - a symbol of hope, victory over defeat, great evil dictator stomping on the little guy chaos, and it even stars Harrison Ford - so it must be good

Star Wars first popped up into existence in the 70s when George Lucas’s Star Wars creation became a movie in Star Wars: A New Hope. Immediately, space enthusiasts and technological visionaries took to the Star Wars universe that was created at a time when movie making technology and special effects were limited, to say the least. Millions of committed Star Wars fans would follow the movie series as a sequel emerged, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and the final in the trilogy for the time period, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

It was due to George Lucas’s special effects company, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), that the Star Wars galactic space scenes could be made possible, and to say this all began in the 70s makes George Lucas not only a movie-making visionary, but also one of the names behind the technological innovation that all started with ILM.

  • Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  • Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

The Star Wars franchise would be put on hiatus until 1999 when Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace would kick off the Star Wars prequel trilogy. This prompted a video-game of the official “The Phantom Menace” movie to be created, and released onto Windows and the PlayStation 2.

Other Star Wars video-games had been made before this point, but there were none of this calibre. The official Star Wars movie video-games were popular, and were released alongside the next upcoming Star Wars movies, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones released in 2002, and they were commercially successful, but it felt as though the franchise was’t what is used to be. Then, in 2005, released Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, and again, the movie was commercially successful, but similar to the second instalment it felt as though the franchise simply wasn’t what it used to be.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

And, at a similar time to the DVD release of Attack of the Clones, the PlayStation 2 video-game for Pandemic’s Star Wars: Battlefront released in 2004, and the video-game had everything that Star Wars fans wanted from a video-game adaptation based around the Star Wars galactic universe. Players could play as the clones, storm troopers, or the rebel alliance; and it was an all out war game with some epic battlefields.

If Star Wars: Battlefront (2004 version) was not enough, there was yet another Pandemic studio Star Wars: Battlefront II that released in 2005 to match the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith. Battlefront II was very similar to Battlefront, but this time around there is space battles, and the on-ground warfare has been improved upon, and the heroes are now playable.

No.10 - The First Space Movie to Show the Wider Universe

Star Wars was an immediate success, and one of the blatant reasons for this was its depth in universe discovery. The space ships were advanced a hundred years into the future, and everything was imagined from a timespan where the human race has taken life to a galactic level.

It is difficult for the human mind to imagine what it would be like to wonder around space. It is the ultimate foreign land, as on other planets in the wider universe there could be aliens; and on all of the planets in the Star Wars universe there is breathable air, and the whole alien species as a whole seem rather friendly in nature.

Space ships in Star Wars could hyper jump, and this enables the wider discovery of the universe from one persons mind space, and George Lucas seemed to have a firm grasp on what he wanted from the wider universe. There would be friendly aliens, intelligent aliens, grumpy aliens, and a whole bunch of alien species that could amaze screen audiences with their outlandish personality traits.

The wider universe is one filled with expansion, but George Lucas reeled the points of control, and as the audience all we care about is the Jedi’s, storm troopers, rebel alliance, clones, and pinnacle characters which makes up for the majority of the stories progression.

No.9 - Jedi’s Are the Dominant Species in the SW Galactic Universe (and very much liked mankind in the real world)

Jedi’s remind many people that they are not all that different from mankind in their earlier beginnings as a solo species. It has been quite some time since man walked and wore fur as an ape, and it was in those earlier transitional stages from a practical cave man to a civilisation species that the Star Wars Jedi complex comes into focus.

In building a civilisation humans have long believed themselves to be superior to other species on the planet, and often times superior to those around them. The Jedi mindset teaches us, like in early human civilisation, that there must be order as a means to make a safe world for people to live and thrive in whilst battling those who would seek to terrorise the rule of one order in every nation (as it is today).

Mankind needs someone to guide them into the positive world that fills a human soul with passion, inspiration, and utter purity, that gives a person the ability to be pure to oneself and not judged harmfully by those who seek to influence against our wisest teachers in early life. The force controlled by the Jedi is something that prevents harm in the face of adversity, and many a people will have learned a thing or two about accepting the wiser people into our lives to better our purified souls.

No.8 - The Wars Are Epic - people love wars

People love wars. It is plain and simple, and like everything that mankind is, and has done, war remains a focal point throughout mankind's treacherous history. There has for the most part of human civilisation been a great conqueror of lands from near and far who would seek to otherwise influence the flocks of gullible sheep. And, without the basic understanding of the universe, mankind swayed and drifted from a place of peace and sanity as confusion and the unknown led to the mass belief that religion would be the only deciding factor for as to what would happen if a person was to die.

Wars have long been fought over power, control, religious belief takeovers, and with anger fuelling the many it is up to the illustrious few to stand tall and beckon for an alliance to form. See, thinking Star Wars. The problem with wars as that they represent something bigger than all of us, and that is the shared belief that something more can be ours. Like, a person owning Walmart, and then calling out for new world order as Walmart is a giant company that demands more of the market share globally. So, on this note, the owners of Walmart demand that there be a Walmart superstore in every region of the United Kingdom. We want not the Asda brand that sickens my people, and due to this irrational takeover plans will be imminent. This example, although ridiculous, is the idea that forms singularly with one mans opinion for world domination.

Think of the city of Troy, and what was this city meant to Rome. It was nothing more than a small, but great city that had riches and a grande army. For this, they would tear its infrastructure down to the ground, and for nothing more than complete power. This would mean that the survivors from the civilians of Troy would be enslaved, and forced to work for the larger order, and Rome could have its glorious day in the palace of the indestructible Troy. Greed is power, and whether this is going back centuries to a stage when people cease to care. or even a matter of years, it will not be long before people cease to care about present day war.

This is why war was such a vital part to the making of Star Wars that appeals to so many people. The clones are terrible shots, but clearly the technologically advanced, and since they are only robots the victory must be secured by the storm troopers,as these are people wearing ridiculous army uniforms. Not much of a strategic plan to have all of the human soldiers dress in white, as on the battlefield they are going to stick out like cans getting ready to be shot into a bucket.

No.7 - The leading characters are relatable

Everyone has seen (sorry, heard of) the Star Wars franchise movies, and this in its overview may be for entirely different reasons, but the lead characters should be a large factor in the decision making process. Originally, Star Wars fans in the 70s loved Han Solo and Princess Leia, as they made for a good on-screen couple. This remained the same until the end of the original trilogy (1977-1983).

In 1999 there was Liam Neeson, a character many believed to be underused (too bad, the producers didn’t know how successful the actor would be later down the line in action movies). Then of course there is Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.

No.6 - The Wookie's are funny

That’s right, the Wookie characters are fury stacks of humour. Everyone likes the camaraderie between Han Solo and the Wookie.

Really, this is not an addition that can be touched too much on. But, the Wookie has proven to be a humorous ally throughout the Star Wars series, and most recently appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside the ageing Han Solo himself.

No.5 - R2-D2 and the tin man are relatable

Yeah, I call the golden robot the tin man. Perhaps it is that stage that the jig is up, and it is point blank clear that I am not a fully fledged Star Wars super-fan? Well, truth be told I have only ever been a passing fan of the Star Wars franchise, but there is much deeper meaning to this (now) Disney owned label that seems to be tagged all over the place in 2017.

R2-D2 and the tin man have a close bond with one another and are the greatest of pals. This is obvious for anyone who saw the original Star Wars trilogy that started way back in the 70s. Only, this would have only emerged as a fact after becoming addicted as a child to the LEGO Star Wars video games.

R2-D2 is reliable and can get hands on with technological issues and malfunctions, and given that the space inhabited future for mankind is made of technology the little white dome robot comes in use when the elevator is down, there are ill mannered drones lurking around, and the fighter ship is under attack from spider robotics. Once again, this may be thinking from a Star Wars video game and not the movies.

No.4 - The Balance Between Good and Evil - relates to strong conversational topics about mankind’s own history

Mankind has gone through its fair share of good combating against evil forces in the past. The Roman empire, the British empire, and even the home settlers in the United States of America were all thought on the basis of overcoming evil forces in the wake of a newly formed civilisation.

It is common for the good to call the red indians savages, the far east terrorist, and the foreign speaking language regions of the world amuck with financial debt and corruption. The way mankind perceives good and evil depends on the side of the fence that you are fighting from. The German Nazi’s considered the Jewish people to be evil in that they were on the backlash end of the loss in World War I, as Germany was corrupted into believing that the Jewish people were the ones stealing the countries riches. Hitler believed that the Jewish people in Germany were not joining the fight down in the World War I trenches, and he had ill beliefs about the religious people of this church, and sought to spill their blood to cleanse the earth of evil.

Balancing good and evil is a myth, and is no more real that heaven and hell, the two sacred passages to the light or into the plummeting fires of utter darkness. This is similar to the way that the human brain senses safety and danger, as if a person awakens in a strange place whilst there is light the person will feel safe, but if a person awakens in a strange place whilst there is only darkness then the person will feel utter shock and fear.

In biblical times, the dark represented the possibility of an onslaught to your village, the cut down of all your people, and the overall paranoia of violence. There was no technology for comfort, police on call, or anyone to prevent that sneaky possibility if this being the night when you would be bludgeoned to death in your slumbers. This is perhaps why it made sense for people to follow the similar paths of fear in believing in a higher order, as paranoia led fear would send many a folks running into the arms of a dear old priest. Religion basically tampers with the fragile human mind, and because it is human instinct to run and fight, the opposition of good and evil will always exist in the world.

Do bare in mind that Star Wars is not even nearly this depressing, but it does satisfy that gut instinct to want to protect your land from raiding Vikings in the dead of the night. Then again, Star Wars has some of the strongest forms of allegiance and control to bring order to the galaxy, and this is through the raw numbers and power of the storm troopers. Mankind has built civilisation in such a way that the average settler in a region need not fear the grasps of opposing evil forces just so as long as they support the nation in any and all military campaigns.

No.3 - The extended Star Wars universe - now that Disney own the rights to the Star Wars brand, this will be even better

Star Wars is a universe, and like all franchises with a universe, this basically turns the one lined order of things into a spider diagram of things that are happening whilst using the Star Wars story (in its more current form), as everything must tie-in together, otherwise audiences will feel unsettled about the structure of things.

Walt Disney have moved quickly with their newly owned franchise, and since it is Star Wars there are endless avenues to go down. Star Wars released its first Disney-run movie in 2015, titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and this movie alone earned the Walt Disney studio a return of more than 2 billion dollars at the worldwide Box Office.

The extended Star Wars universe however, has also received its first title release, titled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which also faired well at the global box office bringing in a tickets return of more than a billion dollars.

Given the overwhelming success of the Star Wars extended universe release, Rogue One, there is no telling what plans Disney have up their sleeves for furthering the Star Wars extended universe into the galaxy far far away.

No.2 - Unrealistic plots - entirely fictional, and people love fiction when it works

The plots for Star Wars are all way out there, and many would have a fairly strong argument for their plots being a little over the top. Because, as if the intergalactic forces could embark on such endearing missions without a solution being found quicker. Or, why is it that there is no new order forming in the whereabouts of proper regulatory super-suits for soldiers, as it would only make sense to kit out your soldiers with fancy, high-tech armour plated gear.

Plus, the overall consensus for a Star Wars movie is that the individual needs to have all of the knowledge to see the movie, when in truth, this was the first ever movie franchise to expand on unrealistic movie plots, but when the fiction works - the fiction works. No arguments here, and this is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for Star Wars being so alienated until the Disney buyout, because no one wants their name tied to a franchise that has become ludicrously unravelled with plot twists. The conversation about Star Wars unbelievable plots is one of the worst arguments, since the plots were never meant to be realistically evaluated, and this was a part of the dumb fun entertainment factor that appeals to so many people around the world.

No.1 - Star Wars never ends

If there is something that worldwide audiences despise, it is the ending of a popular and most likely long running movie series. The Harry Potter movie series ended years ago now, and at the time there were long time fans watching the conclusion ceremony with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and J.K. Rowling actually crying as they got teary with the leading stars for the franchise.

Harry Potter still remains an active franchise in 2017, but this is largely due to the success reached for the sales of the Harry Potter books, especially in digital format. Plus, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them released into theatres as a spin-off tying in with the Harry Potter wizarding world. No Harry Potter? Nope. That ship has come and sailed long ago now.

Lord of the Rings is another big movie franchise that reached out to so many people back in the early 2000s, and the hype around the series lasted for 3 years (2001-2003) when the movie series abruptly ended. This may have also received a lot of audiences crying at the end of the third instalment when Frodo and Sam-Wise are being airlifted by the giant eagles to save them from the fiery inferno.

Then emerged The Hobbit series, a prequel trilogy for The Lord of the Rings franchise, and due to over-stretching the storyline they made an error in ever starting the prequel trilogy. But, Peter Jackson wasn’t about to turn down the stacks of money that lye in his wait for his arrival to direct the damned movies.

The second Hobbit movie was perhaps a bit cheerier, as it saw the return of an iconic Lord of the Rings character, Legolas. Yeah, yeah, Gandalf was still there in the first through to the last of the Hobbit movies, but there is no getting past the fact that Gandalf is quite clearly older in the prequel trilogy (TH) that he is in the original trilogy (LOTR).

One of the first movie franchises to make a grande and unexpected return in the 2010s was Jurassic World, a spin-off from the critically acclaimed works of Jurassic Park. Some would argue that the movie was too cheery and bright for the setting that it was in, but with Chris Pratt as the lead for the movie what could possibly go wrong. Jurassic World to an extent was a far cry from its predecessor trilogy, Jurassic Park, and although Jurassic World was visually stunning with plenty of CGI around every damned corner, nothing quite beats the special effects done for Jurassic Park by George Lucas’s special effects company, ILM.

Star Wars, however, is a movie franchise that simply never stops, and because the source material was all wrapped up in the original movies, the story can go in pretty much any direction. The ferocious following that Star Wars has garnered over the years truly shows in 2017, as Marvel audiences have all taken a break to go over to Star Wars to show some love and support. It cost Walt Disney $4 billion to buy the rights to Star Wars, and they have been making fast work to get their money back from the good people of the ‘everyone' audiences.

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    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      I can see you are not an Avengers fan. I feel all of them were good except perhaps the Ultron one, that was the weakest.

      The storylines, the continuation, is impressive IMO... they have been carrying subplots and expanding the universe of what is... and it is going to culminate in the Infinity Wars which is a mind-boggling epic concept to try and pull off with so many big name actors involved.

      Now, if you didn't read those comics, or stories, which emanate mostly from the 60s-80s then I can understand why it might not seem so special.

      But to see them bring to life all these characters, and weave so many of the stories I am familiar with (having read those comics as a kid) together into one series of massive story telling that spans more than a decade of effort... its been impressive to watch unfold.

      The one group I really never heard of, was the Guardians, which I probably would have never seen if not for the kids... just watched it again the other day as a matter of fact, and I have to say, the way it presents, unfolds, is woven together, the characters the humor, the interactions... it blows Force Awakens away.

      In fact it has a lot of the qualities the original Star Wars had, a swashbuckling goofy lead hero, two non-human sidekicks that capture attention, a world that faces imminent doom of destruction by the evil badguy... the ability to identify...

      As you said, Force Awakens forged ahead on in a new era way, with a female lead, etc. but we will not know how kids indentify with it, or SW fans for that matter, until the next movie... we all went to see Force Awakens, to judge for ourselves... proof of how well it sold itself won't come until the results of the next movie.

    • Craig Easom profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from British Empire

      Hey (again) Ken,

      A lot of what you have mentioned is true, but J.J. Abrams is perhaps one of the greatest movie-making visionaries for the science-fiction genre in movies today. Walt Disney is a major movie production studio, and through vast investments, they have moved Marvel into a new horizon where it is profitable beyond any studios wildest dreams. A similar approach has come with the takeover for the Star Wars brand, as Disney have breathed new life into the tired franchise.

      Star Wars started out in the late 70s as a heroic tale of good overcoming evil, and this is something that appeals to children at a young age. In the 80s, there was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone action movies doing a similar job. In the 90s, there was Walt Disney Animation Studios booming, as children deciding that animation had something more to offer. In the 2000s, the choices have been made endless, but it was the superhero movies that fuelled young peoples imagination of good overcoming evil.

      By the 2010's, there has been so many offerings from so many large production studios that it is difficult to gage exactly what the young people of today are most interested in. Yeah, animation movies and superhero flicks are still high on the list for what the people want. But, Star Wars is in a whole new realm than it was in the 70s and 80s, because what people wanted a decade ago they no longer desire today.

      Honestly, the Marvel movies today are dreadful, since the Incredible Hulk has been turned into a toy (and no longer an on-screen fear-provoking entity), and even Iron Man has lost his lust for humanity - something that many people admired about Tony Stark as Iron Man. The Avengers (2012) has to have been one of the worst directed movies of the decade, but since the CGI technology fuelled inside of the movie was engaging for audiences, no one ever stopped to question the raw build for the movie.

      Star Wars has done something great in 2015, and that would be the oddball lead characters in The Force Awakens. Finally, a strong female lead, something that has been long overdue for the Star Wars franchise, and the relationships between the lead actors/actress/s showed strong chemistry. Han Solo made a return, and if anything this seemed unnecessary, as Harrison Ford has been quoted on more than one occasion saying that he did it for the money. This attitude is something that the movie industry could do without, but because Harrison Ford can act even on his bad day (perhaps because he is a tired, grumpy old man) large studios will still hire him. Don't get me wrong; I loved Harrison Ford as an actor growing up, and would say that he was a childhood hero in the movies that I saw whilst growing up. But, definitely a tired old man, but his lucks in (also), as these seem to be the parts he plays anyway.

      The IMDb statement though (come on...) is complete and utter baloney. If someone was willing to go through the trouble of making an IMDb account (which can be anyone), and they were willing to rate Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then I would instinctually believe that these people were Star Wars fans. Minority alert! The mass consumers (probably... a couple of Star Wars fans) thought that The Force Awakens was good, and is easily a 4 star (out of 5) movie.

      Walt Disney are dealing with mass consumerism, and the biggest threat to the studio; is buggering-up when they have big-budget movies (leveraging $200 million, and above) to appeal to the mass market (mainly focusing on North America and the majority of Europe - or the richer nations). This is probably why I despise The Avengers movies, and this would lead on to the despising of any and all spin-off series to The Avengers. Basically, I like 2008's super expensive Hulk on-screen CGI work, and not the big-yet-still budgeted on-screen Hulk for 2012's The Avengers. Some may agree, but mass consumerism would demand that there be super-expensive CGI for all characters (...that require CGI creation), but this would not be economically viable (unless the budget for the movie jumped from $250 million to $350 million. Who knows?... Maybe this will happen at some time in the future.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida


      Disney has bought up just about everything, from ESPN to MGM, so... not sure if its buying Lucasfilm (Star Wars) is a good thing for the product or not, perhaps it just becomes one of so many spitballs Disney shoots against the wall hoping it sticks and SW no longer retains the vision of its creator.

      The original Star Wars got viewers to buy into the next two films, even if the next two weren't nearly as good as the original (IMO), fans were invested into the characters and storyline.

      The next installment was similar, fans may have complained about Jar Jar Binks, but it was a good story with some top notch actors (Neeson, McGregor, Jackson, Portman, etc.) and Anakin Skywalker while tough for older kids and adults to buy into was solid enough considering the cast of characters around him, including a villain that really felt like a dangerous villain (Darth Maul) ... the fights, the flight scenes in the city, so much of that next installment really proved worthy of the original IMO.

      The fact that IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes or anyone else says this latest endeavor is good or not is irrelevant, its what the fans think, and its what they decide to do when the next movie comes out... these same 'experts' gave the latest Ghostbusters a thumbs up as well, and that too I took the kids to see (they loved the originals despite those movies being before their time)... and like Force Awakens, the kids didn't buy into it, to them (and many others) Ghostbusters was a bust, time they would have rather spent elsewhere.

      We will just have to wait until the next movie hits the theatres to find out what the truth of it is.

    • Craig Easom profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from British Empire

      Hey Ken,

      There has been a lot of buzz around Walt Disney Studios over the past decade or so because of the overwhelming success of their Marvel franchise movies. It only made sense for the studio to warrant the purchase of the Star Wars franchise, as there is even more of the galaxy for them to leverage on the silver screen.

      I see what you are saying about Star Wars: The Force Awakens being somewhat of a let down, but for the better part the movie has seen relatively positive feedback - a 8.1/10 star rating on IMDb. And, the only quarrel that I had with the "Awakens" movie was its dreadful lacking thereof Jedi's. Everything else was there... but no good-guy Jedi's.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      I know Force Awakens was a box office hit, and I explained some reasons why... a chunk of that was my generation going to see the new movie, in part because it returned Han Solo and most of the other original characters.

      So, now that curiosity has been sated, now we know what happened to Han Solo and the other characters... what remains to be seen is will my generation buy into the next installment (the next movie), and did the new generation (under 12 years old) that saw it, buy in.

      Based on my own reactions, my boys, and by extension their friends, and our extended family, I would not bet on it.

      Personally I felt the characters were weak (Rey was OK, but the supporting characters and main villain not so much) and the overall flow of the movie not ideal.

      I'd say its just me, but my kids and their friends all felt even less inclined to like it than I did. And if none of us are going to see the next movie, I wonder how many others will be like us.

    • Craig Easom profile imageAUTHOR


      15 months ago from British Empire

      Hey Ken Burgess,

      Star Wars was sure popularised by the kids of the late 70s-early 80s, as these days (as you have mentioned) there are more in (shall we say) fantasy/sci-fi franchises like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

      In The Avengers; there is Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America - all of which have their own spin-off movie series. Then, Guardian of the Galaxy, a franchise that came out of nowhere, and appealed to "The Avengers" fans.

      Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a substantial hit - believe it or not - and grossed more than $2 billion worldwide at the global box office. And, the other spin-off Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story grossed more than $1 billion at the global box office. These are astounding tickets sales, and puts Star Wars head-to-head with the Marvel universe.

    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 

      15 months ago from Florida

      I saw the original Star Wars when it came out in theatres.

      It had more impact than any movie at that time, mostly because it really was orientated towards we kids at a time when most films that weren't cartoons were not.

      Secondly because it was about space, aliens, cool futuristic technologies, etc.

      Probably MOST importantly was that I could identify with the main characters (Solo and Luke) that ability to transfer oneself into the role of the rogue character that saves the princess, or the kid who gets caught up in the adventure of his lifetime who in turn finds out he has great powers.

      When I took my boys to see the latest Star Wars (the one that came out a couple years back) movie, they weren't much older than myself when I went to see the original... but they didn't connect to it at all, and weren't really into it.

      Two main reasons for this I believe, times are different, and kids today grow up in a world where there is nothing epic about Star Wars compared to all the other entertainments and movies they have access to... my boys were WOWed by Guardians of the Galaxy... so they are into Space and futuristic movies... which brings me to the main reason why they weren't into SW:

      There was no one they could identify with, there was no character they could see themselves being in the movie. The main character was a girl, no connection there, the other character was a bad-guy and coward/run-away turned mistaken hero, no connection there either (not discounting that race could be a factor as well, but I believe there is no desire for most kids to identify with someone who starts out in the movie as one of the bad guys, who also happens to be cowardly, that transitional identification might come in older (teen) viewers but escapes younger minds IMO).

      So that was that, Star Wars was out, it was lame, and Guardians of the Galaxy was in, the cool guy who listens to music and has the hots for the green girl they found they could identify with, Groot and the Racoon character they found as cool and likeable as I had found R2-D2 and his cowardly sidekick.

      Us older viewers are what made the recent Star Wars movie a box office smash, the return of Han Solo and other characters helped draw us in... it will be interesting to see if the success continues at the same level for the remaining movies to come out, I know I won't be going to see the next one, I will wait for it to hit Netflix, and if it doesn't I won't worry about it... myself I am looking forward to the Infinity Wars and next Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy movie to come out, so are the kids.


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