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It's beginning to look a lot like Star Wars

Posted by: Liz Prince

Wow, it's already been two years since the release of Star Wars; The Force Awakens. Having enjoyed a spin around the part-known universe courtesy of Rogue One last year, we've now reached the final few days before Star Wars; The Last Jedi adorns our cineplexes. Just after midnight this Wednesday fans will once again gaze up expectantly as the familiar, huge yellow font fills the screen, accompanied by a blast of John William's magical orchestral fan fare and quickly followed by a sloping summary of what's been happening in the galaxy since last time, the letters sliding away until illegible among the distant stars. Team Amiqus are once again off to the IMAX in Manchester to watch it as part of our Christmas Do - it's good to be back. 

The following is what I wrote back in 2015, and save for replacing the reference to the great JJ Abrams with our new baby-sitter Rian Johnson, once again we find ourselves at the brink of the unknown narrative, so I've left the article intact. One more detail not to be missed;- To the wonderful, smart, witty, strong yet vulnerable, unforgettable Carrie Fisher - Peace Out.

Like all highly anticipated game or movie releases, there is a twinkling of fairy-dust in the air. It feels like JJ Abrams is babysitting our first-born while we tentatively venture, wide-eyed and blinking in to the movie theatre. We’ve read the press releases, we’ve heard the stories, we’ve seen the trailers, we’ve even managed to avoid the spoilers (so far) so now what? My worldly-wise advice at this time? Savour this moment. By the weekend you will probably be out the other side of seeing this fantastic franchise breathe new life, and that is the very point. Come Sunday night you’ll have opinions, memories, experiences that – if it’s anything like the first movie – really will be with you forever. You can never un-see this movie just like you can never un-play a game. 

If I’d have known aged 6 back in 1977 what fun Star Wars was going to give me and the kids over the years to come I’d have been a whole lot more excited. Ok we had episode 1 back in the 90’s but we knew where that was headed. This time we are on completely new ground. Here’s our chance to experience these last few hours of episode 7 innocence and I hope you are bathing in the light-sabre glow of this too. 

May the force of anticipation be with you.

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