Thirty years ago, the original Star Wars
hit theaters and the world changed.
I know there are some hoity-toity critics
out there who say Star Wars
ruined the movies, but honestly they need to get over it. Just becuase a film is commercially successful doesn't necessarily means it's a bad thing (Adam Sandler movies are excluded from this). Personally, I think Star Wars i
s one of those rare films that holds up to critical scrutiny and also happens to have been wildly successful at the box-office. They can't all be Wild Strawberries
or Citizen Kane.
I recall seeing Star Wars
in the theaters a couple of times. I am pretty certain my grandfather took me at least once visiting them during the summer and I know I saw it a couple of other times. I'll have to admit, my most vivid memories of the first movie are the book and record set I had where R2-D2 chirped when it was time to turn the pages and my Star Wars
lunch box that I had full of action-figures. If only I'd known they'd be worth a small mint today, I'd probably still have played with them.....the memories of making up adventures and sending C3-PO and R2-D2 down the slide in my back yard are worth more than mere money.
I also remember my mom picking up a copy of the novelization somewhere and bringing it home. This was probably not right when it first came out but a year or so later. I recall flipping through the book, looking at the tiny print and wondering how many years it would take me to read the entire book. And if the scenes in the book would be just like the ones on the movie screen or would they be different somehow.
Over the years, I've seen Star Wars
a lot. I had copies of the original trilogy on VHS and when they came back out in the theaters as the special editions, Barry
and I were there opening night for each one--along with a cast of others. We've been to opening day or weekend of all the prequels together and our mutual love of Star Wars
has been one of the many cornerstones of our long friendship.
And while I've been very critical of George Lucas for my perceived lack of quality and fun to the prequel trilogy, I can't deny that the first two movies he made in the Star Wars
universe aren't two of the best movies ever made. So, thank you to George Lucas and the entire team who brought Star Wars
to life. I've enjoyed the movies and universe for thirty years now and I can't wait to share that excitement with my niece and nephew and, maybe someday if I'm blessed with them, my own kids.
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posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/25/2007 08:05:00 PM