Today is Star Wars Day.
Yes, by the very fact that I am writing this post I confirm I am a Star Wars Geek.
I own that. I’m cool with it.
Initially I thought I was the only one, but over the years it has been confirmed-I am not alone.
I will never forget the first time I saw the movie. Mind you, at 11 years old, I’d been to movies before, but this was different. This was magical! Majestic! Grand!
It was the first film to make me feel like I was there. I still get goosebumps thinking about those words scrolling up the screen into the black void, then seeing that starship creeping across the sky like it was right above me. It wasn’t 3D but it felt like it!
So in honor of Star Wars Day I want to acknowledge some of the coolest things I loved about Star Wars.
Awesome Intro’s-in bringing back the 21rst Century intro just before John Williams musical intro was BRILLIANT and totally set the stage for what was coming next.
A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away-Move over tired fairy tale story introductions, you are played out. When those words came on the screen George Lucas effectively dropped the mic when it came to setting the stage for the story to come.
Giant Words Scrolling Up A Screen-Seriously, who would have ever thought that could be so exciting. It’s a good thing most kids had 3rd grade reading skills back then, or you would have been messed up. Sure words scrolling on a screen had been done before-BUT NOT LIKE THAT.
2nd mic drop in less than a minute.
Lando Calrissian-As if the original cast of characters wasn’t enough, they had to go and cast one of the coolest black men to ever grace the screen and effectively make him the black version of Han Solo! Do you understand how amazing that moment was for every black female on the planet? I promise you, if I was the only black Star Wars fan before the Empire Strikes Back movie (and trust me I wasn’t) I knew I was no longer alone. This was confirmed when my cousin and I went to see the movie THREE TIMES IN A ROW! FYI, I have since seen it several more times alone, with my BFF, hubby, kids, dog…You get the picture. It is rumored that Donald Glover is to play him in a standalone film. If so-WHAT! Who the heck decided that? Certainly, no one asked me, my cousin, my BFF, or any other black woman on the planet. Donald, you are a good actor and I like you, but no offense, you are no Billy Dee Williams.
A Bad Ass Space Princess in the form of Leia Organa. Disney didn’t want to make a princess doll of you because you didn’t fit their image. BOO Disney! Forget those other wimpy, whiny damsels in distress with their dainty skin and perfect hair. Give me that blaster shooting, smart mouthed, bad hair day having, tough cookie, who wasn’t afraid to get dirty and still get her man princess any day. That’s a princess I can identify with.
Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader-Get an A+ for having three of the eight coolest names in movie Dom-EVER! If there were an academy award for coolest names in a movie these would definitely be nominated for best names possibly only losing to Indiana Jones, James Bond, Hannibal Lector, Lex Luthor, or Keyser Söze. Hmm, I just noticed four of my top eight are bad guys. Bad guys have some cool names.
Characters, Plot, Visual Imagery, and Family Friendly-Star Wars has it all! I like the fact that the franchise has stayed true to being a movie the whole family can enjoy. It is great to know that to this day I can take my kids to any Star Wars movie and don’t have to yell-CLOSE YOUR EYES QUICKLY. Just wish I could say the same about those annoying previews.
A Hairy Walking Giant Dog-who can fly a spaceship, fight, shoot, and have people understand his grunts and gestures. Hey, I’d be happy if my dog would just stay when I say stay!
Okay, I am going to stop right now because I could write all day about what makes Star Wars and all the subsequent movies AWESOME, but I will give other fan-atics a chance. I’m sure they are all blogging their favorite memories as well.
So here’s to you George Lucas! Thank you for not giving up on your dream of bringing Star Wars to the big screen. You brought excitement to the screen in a way no one had ever done before and I, along with millions of others appreciate that. Thank you 21rst Century Fox. Because of Star Wars we will forgive you for also owning Fox News. Thank you to the cast and crew of Star Wars, even to those of you who thought it was going to be a stupid, trite piece of celluloid because in spite of your feelings, you performed splendidly, a testament to your never ending professionalism.
Finally, thank you to all the fans-who keep the spirit of Star Wars alive allowing new generations to enjoy the A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far, Away.