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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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by Rachel Gray (subscribe)
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Published December 19th 2015
The impact of the Star Wars franchise
Who doesn't have childhood memories of cousins who had plastic Star Wars figurines? Or a brother who snored like the Darth Vader at night, then imitated Luke Skywalker's martial arts to dastardly sister embarrassment at school the next day?

Darth Vadar by Rachel Gray
Darth Vadar drawn by Rachel Gray

Or, have woken thyself up looking like Chewbacca after fighting with the sheets during dreams of unwanted Star Wars films?

Then had a sister rename the vacuum cleaner R2D2, and another whose temper could heighten to reveal a warped-version of Darth Maul… on a good day.

Childhood sibling un-rivalry aside, it's a scary world of sci-fi paranoia when the cinematic world begins to re-emerge into the real one.

Such is the impact of the Star Wars movie franchise, and this year the force has returned.

Though there is no need to be afraid.

Chewbacca and friends are back in cinemas across Australia and around the world in the latest Star Wars movie set to bring out millions of closet sci-fi fans for an epic 135 minute adventure.
This short review on Weekend Notes will not spoil the film for the reader.

In fact, it will not reveal anything about the film except to say that reviews by people who have actually seen the film are mainly positive.

Entertainment editor-at-large with the SMH Michael Idato said the return of characters such as Princess Leia and Han Solo taps into the cultural consciousness of childhood. "When you're confronted with those characters: older, living, breathing, talking, still living and still telling a story; that's an incredibly powerful moment" he said.

So, what other excuse is there to escape the heat this summer, other than to watch more than two hours of Hollywood block-buster special effects of Star Wars in one jam-packed cinema?
Then taunt the general populace by replicating the characters in real life…
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Why? Two words: Star Wars
When: Now
Where: In a cinema near you
Cost: Contact your local cinema
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