Star Wars redemption: The Force Awakens will try to rekindle new hope for film franchise

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Ottawa Citizen

The new Star Wars movie will surely dominate at the box office. But will it leave viewers fulfilled?

Many who watched The Phantom Menace (1999), which rebooted the series 16 years after Return of the Jedi (1983), left unhappy. They had expectations the film didn’t meet, and perhaps, given the frenzied anticipation, didn’t have a chance of meeting.

“An awful lot of the serious Star Wars aficionados had real problems with it (The Phantom Menace), the idea that somehow this had soiled the nest of the sacred Star Wars universe,” says Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University.

But it’s not quite so simple.

“How you felt about those films (the second trilogy), I think, depended demographically on … how old you were when you consumed them and how old you’d been when you consumed the first ones,” Thompson says.

The Force Awakens, the new Star Wars film…

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