Geeks rejoice! Even non-geeks, rejoice! Everyone rejoice! Today is December 17, 2015 and Star Wars – The Force Awakens opens today, nationwide. Myself, I have tickets for tomorrow night. I guess I have just have to wait. I think I’m going to stay off social media, because some jack-ass will probably post something about the movie and ruin it. So be vigilant against movie ruiners! These movies hold a special place in my heart, as I’m sure they do for millions of the x-generation who had the fortune to be kids in the late 70’s and early 80’s to watch the movies, buy all the toys, try for hours to move things with the Force and dream about owning a real lightsaber. I was born in 1975, so I don’t remember my actual viewing, in the theater in 1977, of A New Hope. But my parents assured me that I was there. All I know that within two years I was already a full-on Star Wars junkie and remembered seeing Empire Strikes Back in the theater and was floored. I had every action figure, that fit neatly in my Darth Vader figure holding case. Until, I was older and my mother threw out all my Star Wars toys. I’m still not over it. Anyways, I just wanted to write a little bit of my Star Wars history and why it means so much to me.
A New Hope & Empire Strikes Back
As I said before, it wasn’t until about 1980 that I actually couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing from Star Wars IV. But the minute that I saw Luke’s landspeeder skimming across Tatooine, I knew it was cool. Seeing Luke’s lightsaber blaze up when Obi-Wan gave it to him the first time will be something I will never forget. I also remember how Han Solo scared the shit out of me when he killed Greedo. I jumped up like a cat. haha. There are so many memorable scenes, that I could write all day. But the main impression was, that this grand good vs evil saga, was much more than just a movie. Its not only a family drama, but an actual grassroots assault on the great big bad Empire. These rebels weren’t going to take it anymore, and they stood up for themselves and the galaxy. I like that. I also liked the Dark Side, just because they were so ruthless. Sure the dialog could be campy at times, but I really didn’t get how powerful the words “The Force Will Be With You Always” from Obi Wan really was, until I was playing the arcade game at the local pizzeria. When you defeat the Death Star in the game, Obi Wan says these words and it was such a cool thing to hear. Oh the glory days…Star Wars, arcade games in pizza places, no Kardashians….it was truly magical.
Then came the Empire Strikes Back, which was in my opinion, the best Stars Wars movie of all time. The darkness. I loved the Hoth Battle. Cloud City was something I have never scene before in special effects. When Luke got his arm cutoff, I just couldn’t believe it. My favorite scene from Empire was when the Millennium Falcon was being chased in the asteroid field by the Tie-Fighters, with the music glaring as the Falcon went side-ways through the chasm and spits out of the other side, gives me freekin goosebumps writing this down. Just amazing mixture of action and music.
Return of the Jedi
Return of the Jedi was cool, not as cool the prior two for sure. I loved the green lightsaber and the Endor 74-z speeder bikes and the sounds they made flying through the forests. I could of done without the Ewoks, a little silly. But still a great movie, but not compared to Star Wars standards.
Episode 1, 2, 3
I really was excited in 1999 when Episode 1 was about to come out. I was so excited that I fooled myself for like about a year that it was a good movie, which it wasn’t. The best thing about that movie was Darth Maul. He was a bad ass. Episode 2 was lame too, it was a little better, but not really anything to remember. Episode 3 was probably the best out of the prequels, but still had so much more potential. I hate the music add-ons the put on the original music…it drove me nuts. Hayden Christiansen was terrible as Anakin. So I don’t this post to be negative, so I am just going to leave it there.
Fast forward – December 2015
I am so excited about this movie, The Force Awakens, that I can hardly contain my excitement. I have read a couple of two-sentence reviews, and they are saying that this movie is awesome and restores the greatness of the old movies. Oh boy! Let the movie start already! I’m so glad that I am able to enjoy these movies, but what makes everything just as much sweeter, is that my 9 year old son gets to enjoy them too with me, as he is big Stars Wars fan. Kinda full circle for me. And I will be forever grateful to the Star Wars franchise for being part of my childhood and re-entering my adulthood. May the Force Be With You.