Box office winners
By JANE GARDNER
IN 2005, filmmaker George Lucas proved he was still the box office king as his final instalment of the Star Wars saga became the highest-grossing movie of the year.
The long-awaited spectacular visual feast took $35,234,785 after its release in Australia on May 19.
It was to be the last Star Wars movie ever released.
Beyond ground-breaking special effects technology and spectacular worlds and creatures, Star Wars is a timeless story of family, love, hope, and the conscientious struggle between good and evil that lies at the heart of every person.
Audiences were left wondering not only what would happen next, but wondering what happened before; Secrets that would be revealed as the story unfolded.
A classic love story throbbed at the heart of both trilogies, light-hearted jousting between Han Solo and Princess Leia in the first, and the ob- sessive, destructive affair between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Armidala in the most recent.
And, like any good story, the element of love would fall flat were it not for an enemy to threaten that innocence.
Enter Darth Vader, the tyrannical, faceless overlord who embodied all we loathe about humanity ? corruption, greed, apathy and lust for power and control ? while our simple he- ro Luke Skywalker personified innocence, courage, love and optimism in the face of adversity.
George Lucas always kept in mind the core philosophy of the story ? that redemption born out of love will ultimately overcome evil.
The visionary created a classic set of films that generations have and will continue to delight in for years to come.