In a galaxy far, far away ‘Star Wars’ influences generations

May the fourth be with you! Every Star Wars fan will be saying this pun deriving from a famous line in the movie.

Surprisingly, this phrase was not originally used by Star Wars fans; it first appeared in an ad for Britain’s 1979 Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Britain voters elected her on May 4, so the ad read, “May the fourth be with you, Maggie.”
Star Wars is the third highest-grossing film series, making over 32 million dollars on opening weekend and winning ten academy awards, three of which were specifically for the special effects.

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, did not release the films in chronological order. He released episodes four through six in the late seventies and early eighties and episodes one through three in the late nineties and early 2000’s.

SPSCC student Allan Deutsch enjoyed all of the films. “My favorite scene is the one where the Death Star blows up,” he said. “Star Wars had lightsabers, which were a totally new thing. It had the racing in futuristic machines, too, which was cool. The aliens looked realistic,” Deutsch said. There was only one thing he didn’t like: “There are only six movies!”

SPSCC student Hannah Powers said, “I liked the story itself, the action, and of course the lightsabers!”

SPSCC Professor Kevin Asman, said, “They’re enjoyable, but they changed the course of movies forever.” Star Wars’ special effects evolved an effects-driven industry.
“The high point of acting and story development was in the 60’s and 70’s,” Asman said. According to Asman, Since (Star Wars) was released in 1977, films have focused more on effects than anything else. “It’s harder for other types of films to be made,” he said, adding there are a few, but they are unable to get very much publicity.

To sum it up, he said, “films like Star Wars are fun, but the storylines are simplistic. When these kinds of films are dominating the industry, as they are now, there’s a problem.”

SPSCC Professor Steve Dickerson saw Star Wars in theaters when it was first released. “It was fantastic!” he said. He recalls that right from the start, it was crystal clear that special effects had come far. “The movie put you right there. It was believable. The attack on the Death Star was gripping!”

Dickerson found the storyline great. “My favorite scene was the bar scene,” he said.

Dickerson remembers Dennis Kucinich (former Cleveland mayor), bragged about seeing Star Wars. “It was the funniest thing,” Dickerson said.

“George Lucas took command of the genre,” Dickerson said. “I wanted to see it again and again.”

Although people disagree on the movies, one thing can be said: Star Wars had a huge impact on the film industry and audiences alike.