May the Fourth Be with You

amadeus-11Apparently today was Star Wars Day. Who knew? (Apparently most Star Wars fans except this guy.) So today I’m going to talk about how I discovered Star Wars, and I’m curious to hear your story in the comments too.

I was born in 1981, a few years after the original Star Wars movie was released. However, I knew nothing about the franchise until summer camp in 1993, when one of my seminars involved watching Amadeus and Star Wars (a very odd association that I’ve never quite been able to shake).

As soon as I saw Star Wars, I knew I wanted more. Fortunately the full trilogy was available for my viewing pleasure, and I watched them many, many times. My brother and I endlessly discussed the movies and the various ships in the Star Wars universe. I even designed a board game using the Star Wars Micro Machines.

It seems so long ago now, but I remember being SO excited when they re-released the original trilogy in theaters. That was my first time seeing the movies on the big screen, and it was epic. Star Wars is meant to be experienced that way.

Of course, all of that preceded the release of the new trilogy. This is where I have a confession to make. In hindsight, I know that the Episode I is not a good movie. As a Star Wars fan, I probably should not enjoy that movie, and I have no desire to watch it now.

But when The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, I saw it 4 times in the theater.

Yeah…that happened. It’s the only movie I’ve ever seen 4 times in the theater, and it’s a movie that I shouldn’t have seen more than once. But it was so, so amazing to watch new Star Wars content on the big screen. I got chills watching the first scene with young Obi-Wan fighting the robots, that epic John Williams theme rippling through the Dolby surround sound. And I really enjoyed the pod race and the underwater scene where big monsters keep getting eaten by bigger monsters. I’d watch a full movie just of that.

I really can’t wait for the next step in the Star Wars journey to begin next year. JJ Abrams announced most of the cast last week, and I was happy to see some of the old cast returning (most likely to die in the first movie, unfortunately). Winter 2015, right? Regardless of the quality of the movie, I can’t wait to be transported back to the days of creepy Mozart once again.