On Wednesday “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” won rave reviews with critics saying it has breathed new life into the almost 40 year-old franchise that has spawned three original movies and three prequels.
As the much anticipated Disney movie, directed by J.J. Abrams, opened to the public in many European cities, Peter Bradshaw of British newspaper The Guardian called it “a spectacular homecoming.”
For entertainment industry publication The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy called it “the best ‘Star Wars’ anything – film, TV show, video game, spinoff, what-have-you – in at least 32 years.” The movie, McCarthy said “pumps new energy and life into a hallowed franchise in a way that both resurrects old pleasures and points in promising new directions.”
“The Force Awakens,” the first of a new trilogy of “Star Wars” films from Disney after its 2012 purchase of the franchise from George Lucas for $4 billion, takes place 30 years after 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” and re-unites original cast members Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill as well as introducing new characters.
The movie, which opens in the United States on Thursday, could eventually gross $2.8 billion worldwide, JBL Advisors analyst Jeffrey Logsdon wrote in a research note. That would put it in the same league as all-time top grosser “Avatar,” distributed by Fox in 2009.
Source: Cyprus Mail