CLOSE to 600 people lined up to be among the first to see the latest instalment of Star Wars in Wagga.
For Brad Addison, who first saw Return of the Jedi in 1983 at the drive-in theatre in Wagga, he the appeal of movies was simple.
“It’s escapism, a fantasy set in space,” he said.
“But it’s still that battle of good and evil that everyone can relate to.
“It’s a story about redemption, we’ve all got a little bit of evil in us and no matter how far you go, there’s always a chance for redemption.”
The question among many fans has been – where is Luke Skywalker?
“We saw the first trailer a year ago and have been excited ever since, especially since it’s JJ Abrams directing, he reinvigorated Star Trek, we want to see what he’ll do with Star Wars,” Mr Addison said.
Mr Addison’s 12-year-old son Sebastian will be sitting next to his dad during the movie and is excited to see what his favourite character; Luke Skywalker, does.
“He’s the hero, and he managed to change Darth Vader back to good before he dies,” Sebastian said.
Meanwhile, his dad’s favourite character is none other than Vader.
“He’s the ultimate bad guy but in the end he sacrifices himself to save his son Luke.”
Meanwhile, the first to line up at the Forum 6 Cinemas in were Cootamundra’s Sharon Tolley and Temora’s Jenna Hargreaves.
After getting their space at the front of the line, they had a five hour wait before the movie was screened.
“We’re here to find out what happened to Luke Skywalker,” Ms Hargreaves said.
“I’m just here to see Harrison Ford,” Mrs Tolley joked.
“We’ve been waiting since last year since the trailer come out,” Ms Hargreaves said.
One of the reasons the pair of “old fashioned geeks” came to Wagga was there was no midnight screening in Temora and Cootamundra does not have a cinema.
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