“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”
I’m so excited about the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, which releases on December 18th. YES, I’m going to the midnight showing with my geek husband and chitlins. Really, it’s quite romantic of J.J. Abrams and George Lucas to celebrate our anniversary in such a grand fashion.
We can think of no better place to be than taking a day off to wait in line and haul our Things to their first Star Wars premiere. Our spawn will see us cry after those words show up on the screen, in all of their blue lettered glory, just before a brand spanking new crawl. They didn’t even tease us on Sunday during the trailer – even when I gasped as Han Solo popped onto the screen. Oh, Sunday afternoon was a fantastically nerdarific day at our house! Don’t bother to ask me how many times I’ve watched the trailer.
While I can’t remember the first time I saw A New Hope (or STAR WARS, because that’s the “correct” way to refer to the film), but I married a dude that can, quite literally, quote the movie line for line. I’ve never, ever stumped him in dialog trivia. Ever. His parents would take him and his brother to the drive-in theatre and every week they’d see some B movie and then those beautiful blue words would flash and the orchestra would start the theme we all know and love. Week after week, C3PO would open up with the first words. Bonus: who can post them without looking them up?
I remember seeing Return of the Jedi in the movie theatre, mostly because of the Ewoks (Yub, yub!) and the speed racers. By then, my younger brother had a small collection of Star Wars figures in a Darth Vader carrying case. He even had Bobba Fett’s ship. Sadly, we have no idea where they disappeared to.
My dad was the sci-fi fan of the house and it never bothered me when he turned on any of the Star Wars movies. In fact, I usually put aside whatever I was doing, be it chores or homework or reading, to plunk on the couch and watch the movies again. Thanks Dad! Not only did you get me out of chores, you planted my deep seeded love of stories among the stars.
Anyone else taking a vacation day to wait in line? At least I’ll build fodder for stories while I people watch.