Counting down the 211 days until The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.
In the days leading up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, And There Came A Day will present links, images, videos, art, memories, laughs, theories and thoughts leading up to the big day… which happens to be on my birthday! ENJOY and may the Force be with you, always… or at least until 12.18.15!
MAY 21, 1980 – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK PREMIERES
“No, I am your father.”
Before The Empire Strikes Back, these were just words. After its release in 1980, they were part of the growing Star Wars legend. I was 10 years old when the movie opened and it quickly became MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME! I have no idea how many times I have seen Empire, in the theater or at home, but that number – quite literally – must be in the low 100s. I cannot wait to watch it again in the run up to The Force Awakens.
Is there a better “part two” in a movie series? Only two other sequels even come to mind to be mentioned in the same breath: The Godfather II and Star Trek II.
Empire was everything A New Hope was and MORE. Luke was older and more grizzled. Leia was a leader. Han was cooler than ever. And the effects! The asteroid field! Cloud City! Yoda himself!
The Empire Strikes Back remains one of my favorite movies. It is certainly in my personal top ten if not in my top five if not actually my favorite movie ever.
The Star Wars Saga certainly continued… JJ Abrams and crew can only hope The Force Awakens comes close to this masterpiece.