May the force be with you: more than a wish for good luck

May 4 is not just any day for Star Wars fans. The date itself is not directly related to the plot of the movies, but it does have to do with one of the most iconic phrases in the history of cinema.

We refer to “May the Force be with you”, which has given way to “May the fourth be with you”, alluding precisely to the fourth day of the month of May.

This expression, which in Spanish can be translated as “May the Force be with you”, is one of the elements that most characterizes the film saga created by George Lucas.

In the story, this sentence is used as a wish for success or good luck, especially when two characters take different paths or one of them had to face a great challenge.

What is sought with this expression is that the power of the Force works together with the other person so that their objectives are achieved in a better way.

At the beginning of the story, this phrase was used as a formal way of saying goodbye and good luck between Jedi and members of the Jedi High Council. However, it was soon adopted by those who did not meet this characteristic.

In this way, the expression has become a constant for many characters throughout the films and has managed to transcend the limits of the saga.

Thus, for example, the expression has earned a place in popular culture and a few years ago it ranked eighth in the List of the 100 best movie phrases of all time.

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As a context, this expression would have been taken from Catholicism, specifically from the phrase “May the Lord be with you.”

How many times the Force?

Regarding the constant reference that is made in the movies to “May the Force be with you”, some years ago Disney published a video showing all the occasions in which a character has alluded to the Force.

This served to quantify the references to this concept. According to the record, there have been 161 times that someone has mentioned the Force in all its variants, including “May the Force be with you.”

So we have to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 2016 leads the Force ranking with 46 mentions. They follow her on the list A new hope (22), Revenge of the Sith (20), The Empire Strikes Back (16), The last Jedi (14), The Phantom Menace (14), Return of the Jedi (10), The Force awakens (10) and Attack of the clones (9).

The only one that escapes this trend is Solo not once mentioning the Force.

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