Star Wars Week: Return of the Jedi (and everyone else) – Watching ‘The Force Awakens’
Welcome to episode III of Execulink’s Star Wars week. A long time ago (1983) in a galaxy not so far, far away, Star Wars fans left theatres under the impression they had witnessed the absolute conclusion of the Star Wars saga. Other than the prequel movies, this was to be the end of the journey for Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C3P0, R2D2 and all our favourite characters. That is, until October of 2012, when it was announced that Disney had purchased Lucasfilms, and would be giving us fans what we have always been waiting for – a sequel to the original Star Wars Trilogy.
That’s right, The Force Awakens is finally out in theatres and everyone is going crazy!!!
We wanted to use this blog as an opportunity to show you how the world is celebrating the release of this long-awaited movie and some advice on going to see this film in the theatres.
On Monday December 14th, the official world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens took place in Hollywood. Star Wars veterans such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hammil and Carrie Fisher walked the red carpet alongside new stars such as Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and droids including C-3P0, R2-D2, and BB-8.
A half-mile stretch of Hollywood Boulevard was closed to accommodate the actors, fans and many celebrities including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (dressed as Yoda), Seth Green, Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland & Sophia Vergara, Mario Lopez and Patton Oswalt.
International Space Station Premiere
Is there a more perfect venue for watching Star Wars than on an actual spaceship amongst the stars? Astronaut Tim Peak confirmed that Star Wars will be played in the International Space Station. Peak left earth days before ‘The Force Awakens’, and after being grilled about his awful timing, he told the twitterverse that they will be using a projector and screen onboard the ISS to watch this new classic.
Although the time of this screening has not been announced, it’s safe to say the astronauts won’t need to worry about hearing spoilers while isolated in space.
Canadian Government Premiere
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau treated 20 young patients from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to a special advanced screening of ‘The Force Awakens’ on Tuesday, December 16th.
At a Town Hall meeting the following day, Trudeau honoured the rules set out by Star Wars fans for not letting any spoilers slip. “I can’t tell you what happened but oh, it’s so good,” he said.
Now It’s Your Turn
Star Wars the Force Awakens has already broken box office records, and this weekend, millions of Star Wars fans both young and old will flock to local theatres.
You have watched all the previous movies, and decked yourself out with Star Wars Swag, it’s now time to brave the lines and see this movie before someone spoils it for you. Check out your local theatres (such as Cineplex) for show times and locations to ensure you can get in. Do, or do not. There is no try.
It is highly recommended that you see this movie in theatre. Whether you can get in this weekend, or have to wait until 2016, make sure you see it on the full screen. Although home entertainment has come a long way in 32 years, nothing comes close to the full theatre experience when it comes to films as legendary as the Star Wars saga.
We hope you enjoy the movie and may the force be with you.
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
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