On May 25, 1977, Star Wars introduced a generation to an epic space opera that would unite a generation.
On May 26, 2012, Colleen Kiphart finally joined the party.
So, that’s Star Wars? I can see why there are people out there who like it.
This weekend I checked a box too-long empty on my geek-cred card: I saw Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (A title that has more punctuation in it than those of some research papers I’ve seen).
It was nice. The last portion was quite entertaining. I don’t think I’ll see it again. Once was enough. Sorry.
I’m not trying to troll you, but I just don’t really see what all the fuss is about.
I wanted to like it. I already knew the characters, the quotes, and the general story line. I love big space operas. I adore ‘splosions. Your film has a young Harrison Ford being cocky? I’m in! (Though this is again, in theory since I haven’t seen any of the original three Indiana Jones movies. They’re on the list.)
What caused my lukewarm reaction and my fear of your reaction to my reaction? People pipe up and almost proudly proclaim a dislike for Citizen Kane or bookmark Ulysses halfway through never to pick it back up (Though people who slog that far should get a medal). And yet, the geek who thinks Star Wars is only fine hides in the windmill like Frankenstein’s creature. (Let me know if you see any mobs coming, I’m highly flammable.)
I want to live, so I won’t list what I perceived as shortcomings in the movie. Suffice it to say, Mike kept assuring me that this movie is, in fact, pretty good, and but isn’t because of the dialogue.
I’ll cut you off right there. I saw the original theatrical release version, so it was free of George Lucas’ latter day meddling.
Here’s what rocked. The special effects rocked, and the leads sold the crap out of an out-there concept. (Just an fyi: I totally bought in. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them. It was the blend of mysticism and sci-fi that I think made it a little out there. No, I haven’t seen Dune. What have I seen? Stuff! Lots of stuff. Not all of us were able to go to the movies a lot growing up.)Strong female lead, sweet score, dogfights in space!
As I’m listing off all the great things I’m almost convincing myself that I really liked it. And, honestly, the last half hour straight ruled.
But, I just didn’t feel that strongly about it.
Is it even possible for a person to come to Star Wars fresh anymore? I know I didn’t. I felt I’d seen the best parts through the cultural touchstones that permeate all communities. (I recently walked in on my parents watching the last five minutes of Star Wars. When I mentioned that I hadn’t seen it my mother exclaimed, “How’s the possible? This is a great movie!” The next movie on was the first Indiana Jones movie. After I made a similar confession, I thought I was going to be disowned.) Freshness is necessary for wonder. And it seems that wonder is a major selling point for Star Wars.
And maybe that was the drop that caused the dam to break. Maybe that was why I wasn’t wowed by Star Wars.
Or, maybe I’m just a person who didn’t get it. It’s possible that I’m just too familiar with the series to enjoy any of the surprises.
Like I said, next month Mike and I are watching Empire, and then Return of the Jedi in July. I was warned that that latter was a blatant toy grab.
But that’s really the only one I’m going/have gone into cynical.
What do you think? Have you ever seen something that just fell short of the hype? What can I do to shore up my Star Wars viewing experience?