Buy it, my dear wife Karen said.
And so, the Friday that so many folks around America were flocking to theaters to be awakened by The Force, thanks to Amazon Prime we sat in the living room of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood and watched Star Wars: The New Hope on our widescreen.
My 38 years of avoidance were over.
This was her second time around. Karen was in high school in San Diego when the space show by George Lucas first came out 1977, and was smart enough to join friends to catch the adventure of Han Solo and Princess Leia and Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Me? I had graduated from junior college at the small SUNY in Morrisville, cramming as many hours of work and partying as possible into one last summer in my parents’ house on Long Island, and then moving to Maryland to finish my journalism studies at the big University in College Park. I had paid no heed when the movie was released on May 25 and continued to ignore it thereafter.
Afterward, as it became a social buzzword, a cultural icon, a conversational mainstay, with not one, but two sequels in The span of a half-dozen years, it was easy to be defiant enough to declare that no, I’d not seen it and had no interest. I was busy building my career, you know. Moving up. To Syracuse, a bigger newspaper, new friends …
In the ’90s, when the prequel trilogy came out, it had become a bit of a badge of honor. No, I was not part of the Star Wars crowd. No time. I was the music critic, moved over from sports by then, different scene altogether …
But now. Blogger. Movie reviewer, weekly, one new release per week.
Time to watch the original before reviewing the new one, yes, Karen reminded me.
Lucas had something, sure he did, I thought as I finally allowed the 1978 classic to wash over me, seemingly from a galaxy far, far away.
Swashbuckling Solo was a great role for Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher’s enigmatic’s strength as Princess Leia was the right match. Mark Hamill’s semi-dorky Luke Skywalker of course opened his eyes to Alex Guinness’ wise Obi-Wan. Good vs. Evil. Fuzzy unique characters, robots, space travel.
A Star Trek fan, I may have scoffed at the effects back then.
I get it now.
I’m glad I watched it, eyes and mind opened for the new one.
Are you more of a Star Wars or Star Trek fan? Who is your favorite Star Wars character, and why? Which movie have you finally watched much later and said, oh, yeah?