Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Force is Strong with The Rise of Skywalker

The cinematic masterpiece that is Joker has finished its run – and according to Box Office Mojo, its cumulative ticket sales as at December 23 totaled $1,062,994,002. 

And I will say it again. Joker is a damn good movie! 

Meanwhile the new kid on the block, The Rise of Skywalker is already here and doing well. 

The movie has hauled a total of $374 million globally, making it the smallest box office open of the trilogy following 2015’s “The Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi” – which each brought in $529 million and $450 million, respectively. 

In fact, the New York Times noted that “The Rise of Skywalker” had worse reviews than any other “Star Wars” feature since 1999 – it obtained a 55% score on Rotten Tomatoes compared to 91% for “The Last Jedi”. 

LOL, nothing matters because the final chapter of the Skywalker saga will soar to great heights and yes, it will easily breach the $1 billion mark in ticket sales. 

Sure, it received harsh reviews – but “The Force” is strong with this latest “Star Wars” film. 

Moreover, “Star Wars” has a dedicated fanbase that has enjoyed the franchise for decades and these loyalists can be expected to see the film regardless of whether the reviews were kind or not. Besides, it is never going to be easy to please a massive and diverse fanbase. 

Therefore, as at Boxing Day, box office receipts have already reached $572,096,816. 

And no, I have still not watched The Rise of Skywalker, if you’re wondering! 

Since we are making reference to the Star Wars franchise – here are eight interesting facts you may or may not know about the legendary science fiction movie saga: 

The Ewok language is a combination of Tibetan and Nepalese. 

Chewbacca's voice is an eclectic mix of other animals, e.g. bears, walruses, lions, and badgers. 

The noise a lightsaber makes is created by combining the hum of an old television's picture tube and the buzz of a film projector's motor. 

The sound of a TIE Fighter engine was created by combining an elephant bellow and a car driving on wet pavement. 

Return of the Jedi almost had a very different ending – In a story development session for Return of the Jedi, George Lucas toyed with the idea that after Luke Skywalker removes dying Darth Vader's helmet, he puts it on, proclaims "Now I am Vader" and turns to the dark side. 

Yoda has no determined species – A mystery, it is. 

Yoda was almost played by a monkey – According to the book The Making of Star Wars by JW Rinzler, George Lucas originally planned for Yoda to be played by an adorable monkey wearing a mask and carrying a cane. 

Yoda is not a Muppet – Legendary Muppeteer Frank Oz voiced Yoda and Jim Henson oversaw his creation, but he was built by a member of Lucasfilm. So don't expect to see him at Kermit's holiday party.

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