Monday, December 21, 2015

Stars Wars: The Original Characters come to life. #nospoilers

Last Friday evening I went and saw Star Wars “The Force Awakens.” My daughter was like “Oh alright, I’ll go with you, Mom.” Gee, thanks. She’s fifteen, and to her Star Wars is some geeky thing from my era. I get into these debates with her where she doesn’t appreciate certain things the way I do or she thinks I’m inept at using certain devices, like an Xbox. One time I said, “My generation is the one who gave you the iPhone, so if it wasn’t for us you wouldn’t have it at all, so don’t make fun of me.”

Anyway, after waiting in a long line for about an hour, we found some seats. Right away excitement was buzzing through the audience as if they were starving for Star Wars. When the title flashed on the screen with that music, there were several shouts and whistles of excitement.

I loved the movie and it made me realize the advantage of having the original actors back again regardless of their age. Seeing Han, Leia, and Luke made for some magical moments. Not meaning to sound cheesy, but every time one of them made their first appearance the audience squealed with delight. It was as if they were seeing a long lost friend. I can only conclude that bringing back the original actors for sequels is an advantage. They are the ones the people fell in love with and want to see. Other familiar ships, objects (and some side characters) from the first movies were also slipped into the movie, so your mind just jumps back to it. It’s a smart way to hook people. It’s also ideal to have the new characters meeting the old ones and actually doing something with them.

Meanwhile, when I came home around 9:30 p.m. I was wide awake. Usually, I can’t keep my eyes open on a Friday night. Not this time. I ended up staying up until 1 a.m. because I was just too wound up.

As for my daughter….

“You liked it, didn’t you?” I asked, already knowing.

“Yes, I wanted to see it.”

It’s satisfying to pass on an understanding of something good to your children.

Merry Christmas everyone. 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She's hooked.
I thought it was a great tribute to the original trilogy. There were similarities but that was to bring fans back to what they originally loved. Now we can forget episodes I-III ever existed.
And did you see how much money it made world wide? Over a half a billion dollars in one weekend!

Pat Dilloway said...

I loved it. I'll have to see it again in the theater.

Cindy said...

It's a mix of the old and the new that just makes me want more.

Cindy said...

Yeah, I'll probably end up going again too.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I loved the movie. J.J. Abrams did such a good job, and I loved all the "baton passing" between generations.