It’s another Movie Monday and this time we’re celebrating May the Fourth and all things Star Wars!
I’d be hard pressed to come up with a movie franchise that has had a greater impact on contemporary culture. When the first Star Wars movie came out in 1977 I was 14 years old. Hard to believe it was 40 years ago. I remember watching it on the huge screen at one of the last independent theaters in town. The story caught our imagination.
and LIGHT SABERS!
My brother built a model Millennium Falcon, complete with lights. My sister and I had magazine photos of Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford taped to our bedroom walls…move over David Cassidy! We devoured books and magazines devoted to Star Wars and how they pulled off all those special effects. We purchased the soundtrack and of course quoted the movie to each other whenever appropriate.
By the time The Empire Strikes Back was released I was driving and so was able to see it multiple times. Aside from the battle on the ice planet, I was enchanted by the scenes with Luke and Yoda in the swamp and heartbroken when Han was captured by the treacherous Boba Fett. Darn you, Lando! I’m pretty sure my brother had a Boba Fett action figure. I understand they’re worth a few $$$ now.
I was in college when Return of the Jedi made the rounds in theaters. More great robots and machines. Loved how C3PO was regarded as a god by the people of the forest moon. There was actually a woman in my dorm who claimed she was an Ewok extra. I remember taking the time to find her name in the credits of my video. I never found it, but there was no reason to doubt her.
Twenty years after the original was in theaters, George Lucas used the most modern effects available to him to create a Special Edition on video with new footage and a controversial retelling of the scene where Han shoots Greedo. A new generation was introduced to the characters and my children were included.
Besides the books and the movies, Star Wars video games were also popular in our home. At one point we had a Star Wars flight simulator that was pretty complex, and hours were spent playing Shadows of the Empire on Nintendo. (The font on the graphic I made for this month is called Shadow of Xizor, one of the villains in Shadows of the Empire)
As a fan I’ve
suffered through watched the Annakin films and have caught up with The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but I don’t feel the same enthusiasm and wonder I felt a long time ago in a theater far, far away.
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