Saturday, May 4, 2013
Today is Star Wars Day!!!
Am I excited?
Heck, ya. I loved the original movies so much I memorized the script. I used to act out each scene in my backyard with my sister. We used to fight over who got to be Princess Leia- a fight I'd get to win being the older sister. I remember being excited for the new movies (I-III). I stood in line FOREVER that night outside the theater to finally get in on an early showing.
But, when I saw Episode I, I was so disappointed. I remember a weak smattering of clapping, then everyone shuffled home mumbling under their breath with their shoulder bent over. JarJar binks really annoyed me, and the whole thing seemed too childish with too many computer graphics. Episode II was better, and Episode III is probably the best one of the bunch- exploring the darker path of Anakin. Still, it doesn't hold a candle to the original movies.
Do I think this disappointment will happen again?
No. I love so many of the movies and television shows that J.J. Abrams has made over the years- LOST was phenomenal even if you didn't like the ending. I have full faith he will bring back Star Wars like it was meant to be. I loved what he did with Star Trek, and I think he can add a weightiness and dignity to the franchise that will inspire a whole new generation of moviegoers to get into this wonderful Space Opera. I think it's great for the genre in general.
What do I think of the older actors coming back? Great. We need something from the past to tie it all together and give it credibility. I think J.J. Abrams will bring them back with dignity and elegance. Sure, they'll be old, but they'll also be wise- like Yoda. I'd love to see what happens to them in their elder years, and what they've learned form their experiences. There is so much yet to explore.
What do I think of the spin off series? Well, I love Star Wars so much, I want it to live on forever, and if that means making movies that trail away from the originals, than so be it. I'd love to know more about Yoda's life, or even Chewbacca. Again, there is so much in this universe to explore. Why not try?
In conclusion, I'm excited about the new movies. Sure, there's a chance at disappointment, but the rewards are much greater than the risk. J.J. Abrams is a brave man, and he has my support.