Monday, February 20, 2012

Introduction to Star Wars

My son received a few different Star Wars Legos for his birthday. But he still hadn’t seen any of the movies.

Up until now, I did not think it was worth watching the movie with him as his film preferences lean heavily toward animated features. But with many of his peers interested in Star Wars, and with his new Legos, we thought it was time to introduce it to him.

On our trip to the library on Saturday, we found Star Wars, A New Hope, the first film that came out 35 years ago. I have to admit that I was never a huge Star Wars fan, but I look back on the first two movies with fond nostalgia.

It had been years since I saw the original movie, so I looked forward to seeing it again. I wondered how Kai would like it, and my wife, too, for that matter, as she had never seen it before either.

Kai took interest when R2D2 and C-3PO came onscreen, not because they were cute, but because their names were letters and numbers. He got excited during the battle scenes. But he seemed bored during much of the other parts of the movie.

My wife liked it even less. She said that it was not her kind of movie.

I enjoyed it, but was surprised at how cheesy the special effects seemed versus how impressed I was by them when I saw the movie the first time. The acting and dialogue was also a lot more simplistic than I had remembered.

The next night, we watched Horton Hears a Who!

Now that was a film that all three of us really enjoyed. It was a good story, and had many funny moments for all of us.

And so, although Star Wars is a cultural icon, it doesn’t hold a candle to Dr. Seuss, at least in our house.

After seeing the reaction that Luke Skywalker got, I think it will be awhile before Harry Potter makes another appearance here.


  1. I absolutely LOVE Star Wars - My husband and I are huge fans. And we're really happy Norrin enjoys the movies too. Maybe try watching the animated series - The Clone Wars.

    1. Lisa, I know so many people who are huge fans like you and your husband. Ha, it is almost un-American to not be crazy about it.

      I've never seen the animated series... I'll have to look for it and give it a try. And, I wouldn't be surprised if Kai became a bigger fan as he gets older.

  2. I remember when it first came out. Although I was no huge fan...I was fascinated by the special effects. My son is not a fan of them either. I tried to get him to watch one of the series of movies but he really didn't wish to, and so, we didn't. My son is not really into movies with the exception of only a few, such as Kung-Fu Panda or the like. My son seems to like light hearted comedic tales.

    1. It's special effects were ground-breaking when it came out. And one reason I want to expose Kai to the films are because of the impact they had. He can choose to like or not like them, but I think he should know what it's all about.

  3. One series he is going to watch, as part of his home assignment, is a full Korean or Japanese Drama. He will be able to see intense human interaction. They bring out empathetic reactions among the viewers. Soon, I will have him watch one segment a week.

    1. It will be interesting to see how your son reacts to that. Those are nothing like Star Wars, so he might like it!


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