Now that we have had two weeks to digest the most anticipated film to ever be released in the history of modern day cinema, let’s start talking numbers. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a monster hit at the box office. Becoming the fastest movie to gross over a billion dollars, the film is well on its way to shattering numerous box office records. It’s the fastest film to gross $500 million (and every figure below it), the largest box office opening weekend, the top holiday, the top weekend, and the top December gross, etc…
Star Wars is going to break every record out there for ticket sales. The reason? It’s not just the series that drew people in, it was the allure of seeing the original cast back in action. This is THE story all Star Wars fans wanted to see continued. The prequels were a nice appetizer, but we wanted the story after Return of the Jedi.
With so many people going to see Star Wars, there are bound to be endless discussions of what worked and what didn’t work with the new films. And everyone will have an opinion on the successes and failures of these films; and that’s okay. That is what movies are about.
So we are going to do a little digesting here and look forward to the 8th installment. Although there were certain things we believe could have been done much better in 7, we are excited about the prospects of number 8. And we crave more Star Wars, just as we did in The Force Awakens.
Here are 10 Predictions For Stars Wars 8
10 More Originality
9 Sales Will Drop
8 Focus On The First Order
7 Luke Skywalker…Please Come Back!
6 Kylo Ren/Ben Solo Will Grow Up
5 Princess Leia - More Than Just A Passenger
4 Finn’s Past
3 Poe Dameron – Give Us More
2 Supreme Leader Snoke
1 Luke and Leia
If there is one reunion we must have before Abrams steals away another one of our beloved characters, it is going to have to be Luke and Leia. Whereas with Leia and Solo, there was so little emotion, this reunion must be charged. In the first place, Luke was training Leia’s son who ends up being a Darth Vader in-the-making. Although Leia and Solo have passed the buck and basically blamed Ren’s evolution as having “too much Vader in him,” we want to see more passion. Leia must blame Luke for this. And in return, Luke must do far more to turn his nephew back to good.
This story plot MUST take center stage as the main emotional hook throughout Episodes 8 and 9. This is the hook that can allow us to overlook Han Solo’s tragic (and terribly done) death. We need this emotional hook to ride us to the end of this amazing series. Undoubtedly, Luke will sacrifice himself in the end for the betterment of good. We expect that, but we aren’t calling that for Episode 8. We hope Abrams leaves Luke’s tragic death for 9 to infuse the final film with an epic conclusion (but that’s a prediction for another day). Either way, we’d like to see Leia slap Luke across the face upon first meeting. Then, she should hug him. We need emotion and these two can definitely bring it to film number 8!
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