Lately it seems you can’t turn a corner without being inundated with Star Wars. Ever since Disney purchased the licensing, its been gang busters with everything from clothes, toys, candy, coffee creamer, and even make up. All of this of course to build anticipation to the first new Star Wars movie in 10 years. As the resident nerd in many of my circles, I have been asked many times by friends why I love Star Wars. This turned out to be more difficult of a question than I could’ve imagined.
As I thought about it, it dawned on me I don’t even remember the first time I saw a Star Wars movie. When Empire Strikes back was released in theatres, I was only a year old. I vaguely remember having some Ewok toys, and I distinctly remember playing Star Wars: Jedi Arena with friends on my Atari. But surely that wasn’t enough to create my love.
In discussing it further, I realized as much as I love them, the Star Wars movies aren’t even my favorite movies of all time, and the story (by George Lucas’ own admission) is nothing but a classic hero story that borrows numerous elements, packaged as a space opera. After re-watching the movies with friends recently, we were able to easily pick out the common story elements. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out how amazing the musical score is, and how I believe the special effects should be studied in the same regard as Citizen Cane.
I’m the guy that has Star Wars bobble heads on my desk at work, and Star Wars art hanging in my home. To my right as I type this, a light saber in my office. I even purchased tickets to the new movie the day they went on sale, over a month in advance, but why? If I allegedly love something so much, surely I should be able to somewhat elaborate why. I soon realized Star Wars was never just a movie; it was a culture, a commonality between strangers, a way to make friends, and an instant conversation piece. It’s a reminder of our childhood where the hero always wins, the bad guy comes around at the end, and everyone celebrates and gets a medal, except Chewbacca.
I recently had the pleasure to see Episode VII with friends sitting next to me, one who I met because of Episode I. I also ran into other friends who I hadn’t seen in a long time and I even bumped into people who I didn’t like, but it was okay, because for that one night, we were all celebrating together in a common culture. It when then I realized I like Star Wars because it is a fun sci-fi adventure, but I love Star Wars because it brings people together.
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