Hey there, my dear readers,
As you know, unless you have been living under a rock, Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally hits theaters this Friday, or Thursday if you have early tickets like I do. To get ready for the long awaited continuation of the journey that saw the defeat of the evil Galactic Empire over 32 years ago, many people are getting Star Wars fever, myself included. I have read more Star Wars reviews in the last week than in the 2+ years I have been blogging. That’s not a bad thing. Quite the opposite, I love hearing what others have to say about my favorite movie saga. This surge in Star Wars love has made me think about how much Star Wars has been a part of my life.
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know Star Wars. For as long as I can remember, I was on Tatooine buying droids from Jawas with Luke Skywalker and his uncle. For as long as I can remember, I was with Luke on his heroic run through the trench of the Death Star when he made the impossible shot through an exhaust port that was no bigger than a womp rat. For as long as I can remember, I was with the Rebels when their base was discovered on Hoth. For as long as I could remember, I was on the Millennium Falcon as Han Solo navigated through an asteroid field. I could go on, but the point is, this epic journey has always been a part of me.
My dad is a big Star Wars fan, so I was exposed to them when I was very young, literally before my long term memory kicked in. I just kind of knew about the films. Which means the big revelation at the end of The Empire Strikes Back is completely lost to me. It was always just a fact, so I don’t know my reaction to finding that out. Honestly, I don’t know if I was taken aback or even if I comprehended what Darth Vader was revealing.
This topic has come up in my circle of friends before and I have seen it every now and then in one corner or another of the internet but it is still an interesting concept to ponder. The idea is this:
What movie or movie series do you want to watch for the first time again?
If you could experience that sense of enchantment by the unknown again, the wonder of what lies ahead, to see a with fresh eyes again, what would it be? I would without a doubt choose the original Star Wars trilogy. To relive the adventure of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Princess Leia again would be a dream come true. To see the opening of A New Hope, to witness Darth Vader’s identity revealed in The Empire Strikes Back, to hear Luke declare he is a Jedi and won’t give in to the dark side of the force in Return of the Jedi would be the biggest do-over I could ever ask for.
What about you? If you could neuralize the memory of your first viewing of a specific film, think of a reverse Total Recall, what would it be? There are many reasons to want to forget a film and watch it again. From reliving a jaw-dropping twist/reveal, to hearing your favorite movie jokes without knowing the punchline, to experiencing a good scare, to simply going through an exciting adventure and not knowing what’s in store for the heroes, to countless other reasons. Please leave a comment below explaining what movie or movie series you want to experience for the first time again and why.