|STAR WARS LOYAL
||[May. 24th, 2005|02:30 am]
|||||eclectic... and tired||]|
So i recently had the good fortune of being able to see the newest star wars installment STAR WARS III: REVENGE OF THE SITH with my parents, which is exactly how i wanted to see it; i started watching star wars with them, i finished watching star wars with them.
I have heard varied complaints (some i shared, vehemently) about this movie, but on the most part everyone seemed to enjoy it. i was quite satisfied with the movie, thouroughly enjoying it.
however, i just now finished watching STAR WARS VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI. now, for quite awhile, i and many others have been worried that these newer movies would ruin the older ones because they are too new and what not.
...i disagree COMPLETELY! this movie may have slightly less amazing special effects, but they are swept aside by the story, the mythology of this whole saga. i watched this movie with the knowledge and plotline of 5 other movies behind it. it made the story deeper, the ending more impacting, the charcters more intense. each main character (except han solo, he was just a pimp to begin with) had a clearer, more fresh history in your mind and it made the storyline much more engrossing. 35 years of events were accumulating to this point.
i come from a country where 99.9% of people have seen star wars from an early age, so the amount of people here who havent seen the orignals and/or the newer ones amazes me, and makes me feel special.
here is a saga that spans 35 years, and i am fortunate enough to be able to appreciate each movie "almost" perfectly (people like my parents, who watched the very first movie on their HONEYMOON, are the lucky bastards who appreciate them the most)
each movie, starting from episode one, ties into the fluidly, the story unfolding and the plot thickening. just because the graphics arent great doesnt make the story any less riveting, awe inspiring and damn near tear jerking. (although lucas going back and revamping the olde rones was a good idea when viewd alongside the newer ones)
basically, the star wars saga has changed for me, for the better. it is no longer a story about one luke skywalker, striving to hang on to a legacy that has been lost for many years, and finally deafeating the greatest cinematic villain ever thought up.
it is now a story about a few main people; Obi Wan Kenobi, who was there from the very, very beginning. Luke and Leiah, the two twins who would help bring evetyhing back together. But mostly, about Annakin skywalker. everything hinges on him. yes the older movies are more about luke, but after watching the newer ones, i look at darth vader in a whole new way. not just the evil guy turned good, he becomes something else. you beign to see a whole new charcter behind the mask. they always thought annakin would bring balance to the force, and, eventually and in a roundabout way, he did. the acting in the newer movies, although over the top and camp, is perfcetly aligned with that of the odler ones; obi wan kenobi (well done ewan) and especially darth vader.
the anger, the passion, the fucking VOICE!!! JAMES EARL JONES RETURNED AND REPRISED HIS ROLE!!!!!!!!!!! im just thouroughly proud and honoured to be able to enjoy these movies to their fullest and i dont care whether lucas did it for the money or for the fans, he bloody well did it RIGHT! ewan mcgregor played a perfect role as a younger, cockier obi wan kenobi. christen haydenson played a great annakin skywlaker. he acted alot like luke, except angrier and more uncontrollabl with his force, just like he is described. luke is his SON an they act alike! in the early star wars movies, luke skywlaker is young and inexperienced, just like annakin was, but by the end, he is strong and wise and powerful; he becomes what annakin would have done had he not turned evil and asthmatic (officailly the ONLY joke i try and pull in this post)
i some day hope my kids can enjoy these movies like i did. i watched them with my parents when i was a kiddie, and i watched them over and over again all these years with them too. now, even as im much older, i watched the newest ones with my parents as well, and so i completed the whole bundle with them. i jusyt hope one day my kids can experience the same thing with me.
im going to watch the whole series, from episode one thru episode 6, this week hoipefully. i feel like ill be able to appreicate every single one fully.
however, those of you who have seen none of them, i suggest you watch the olde rones first then the newer ones and then the older ones again, just so you dont ruin any surprises ofr yourself. (i obviously dont recommend all of this in one go, youll go blind)
im done now. i just wanted to say how much im glad i got to experience a bit of history. and that these are the things that shape kids imaginations for the rest of their lives. school and friends and family are a big part, but even in todays modern society, stories and legends and myths STILL help mould a person, just like in the olden days of bards and other such things.
i wouldnt be who i am today if it wasnt for all the things ive witnessed in my life, including stupid stuff like star trek, babylon 5, cartoons of all kinds, indiana jones, back to the future...
...and Star Wars.