The Force Awakens has already set a box office record with an estimated $57 million from Thursday’s opening night shows alone.
Simi is a huge Star Wars fan and very excited about checking out The Force Awakens this weekend.
But is she as big a fan of the franchise as our next guest?
When it comes to the original Star Wars trilogy, the force is definitely with University of Victoria PhD candidate David Christopher.
An instructor of cinema and cultural theory in the Department of Art History and Visual Studies, Christopher is developing a course on Star Wars which he hopes to debut at UVic in 2016.
Not only that, he also played the role of Darth Vader at his own Star Wars-themed wedding.
And it all started in 1977 when he was seven years old and watched the first movie from the back of a wood-panelled station wagon at an Ottawa drive-in.
So what is it about the franchise that has captivated so many fans over the years?
Christopher says a part of it is because when the first movie came out in 1977, many fans were at an impressionable age that caused the movie to imprint on them.
“This movie, while it may seem uninteresting to younger people today with the technology and spectacle they’re used to, for young people at that time it was so new, and so exciting on so many levels. From melodrama to spectacle…we got so swept away in the romance of these characters. And now these characters are coming back.”
He says J.J. Abrams is trying to capture some of the energy of the original trilogy.
“Now we’re back into the realm of belief and I think it has re-energized the original fan base who may have been alienated a bit from Lucas’ attempt to create a backstory.”