The FactsHe likes Star Wars. She thinks it's crazy.
I love Star Wars. I mean, it's almost to the point of obsession. I have seen each movie countless times, I had the action figures, I used to own Star Wars Trivial Pursuit (and won a lot), I had a toy lightsaber, I dressed up as Darth Vader for Halloween, I read some of the books, and I even played a Star Wars card game. Is that a bit much? Maybe. Did I care? Not at all. Technically the card game was a CCG (customizable card game) which are cards that you collect but also play a strategic game with. My brother and I would play all the time and I would usually lose… because he would cheat, I'm certain of it! But, it was a blast and, yes, very nerdy. Much to my chagrin, they discontinued the card game. That was a sad day; but, now that Disney owns the franchise, they should restart the card game with new expansions and everything… just saying… it would make tons of money. I may have played that card game but I have only played two of the video games and have never seen an episode of "The Clone Wars." So I'm not crazy.
Back then, it was just an obsession because I liked the action and special effects of the movies, they told a fun story, and the aliens looked cool. A lot of my friends were into Star Wars as well. As I got older and the newer iterations of the franchise hit theaters, I was a bit disappointed. Episode I was alright but I was just happy to have new Star Wars to experience. Episode II was awful, in my humble opinion, mostly because Hayden Christensen cannot act his way out of a paper bag. But I really liked Episode III. It's not the greatest film ever made and doesn't live up to the caliber of filmmaking embodied by the original trilogy, but it was good.
As I got into film more as a critic and writer, I began to see how solid the original films actually are. Episode IV is especially good and is classic storytelling at its best. It embodies the "hero's journey" story in it's purest form and is highly entertaining. Yea, the acting is iffy sometimes, the dialogue is cheesy at times, but I would put Episode IV up as one of the greatest movies of all time. And, it redefined the Sci-fi genre… actually, it redefined the entire film industry.
Anyway… enough of my film-nerd rant. The fact that I love these films so much and how integral they were in my childhood led me to wonder how I could marry someone whom had NEVER SEEN A SINGLE STAR WARS MOVIE IN HER LIFE! I quickly got over that, though, because it's ultimately not that big of a deal. I did, however, ask if she would be willing to rectify the fact that she had never experienced these life changing films and she was willing to do so. That meant a lot to me. The initial deadline to see the original trilogy was by wedding day. August 24th came and went and she had watched two of them. I gave her a pass (ya know, because I love her) and the new deadline was the end of 2013. That didn't happen either, but we will watch Episode VI soon enough. I am not requesting she watch Episodes I - III because they aren't nearly as strong of films.
As you may know, Episode VII has recently started filming and I will be one of the first people in line to see that film on opening day (or a midnight showing somewhere if I can convince my wife that it's a prudent choice). I am not expecting her to go with me but maybe she will take a chance on Episode VII simply because of my excitement… I guess that stands to be seen.
Dooo doo, do do do doooo dooo, do do do dooo doo, do do do dooooooooo…….
You just read those "do's" in tune to the Star Wars theme song, didn't you? Good, and if you didn't, then you missed out because that's probably the only correct reference to the movies that I will make this entire post.
When I think Star Wars, the first thing that comes to mind is the extremely strong desire to NEVER watch any of these movies. All of them crush the maximum time limit criteria that I have imposed on movies I am willing to watch. I'm not quite sure what category of movie they would fall under; but, whatever they are, they're just not my thing. So, based on this information, it's totally logical that my husband has asked me to watch Episodes IV - VII. Being the naive newlywed that I was, I agree to watch all three before the end of last year. Why would I do that?! Well, I know marriage is about sacrifice and it's not always about what I do or don't want. With that being said, I made the crazy decision to watch two of them in one sitting. TWO OF THEM! That comes close to six hours of my life that I can never get back.
I will admit that the first one was way more interesting than the second; but, let's be honest, that's not really saying much. I'm not entirely sure what happened in the second one because I began to doze off halfway through it. Nolan graciously gave me an extension on seeing the last one, but I'm beginning to think that I can't put it off much longer.
I will probably never understand the allure of these movies, but I'll endure the last one Nolan wants me to watch simply because it means so much to him.
Am I good wife, or what?!
Are you a Star Wars fan? If so, to what extent? Let us know how crazy you are about it in the comments below!