What does Erin Grey have to do with Star Wars. Not a damn thing.
Haven't seen any of the original Star Wars movies in over 20 years. I gave them up when Lucas decided to be an ass and change them. I could live with the fact that he wanted to do that, but the fact that he denied us the choice of seeing it the way we fell in love with it...that's not okay.
Anyway...downloaded the Despecialized Editions, which are basically the original versions. Don't feel bad about it at all for two reasons: 1) Lucas has gotten a TON of my money from me if you only counted the Star Wars figures my brother and I collected when we were young and 2) I owned these movies on VHS. Probably still do, somewhere in a box.
Decided to watch the first movie with my kid, who's never seen any of them(and won't see the "episode" movies if I have anything to say about it, and I think you know I do). Here are my thoughts:
He was pretty bored for the first half hour of the movie or so. Not sure he got what was going on. I tried to clue him in to what was happening.
He wasn't very happy when Luke's relatives died. He gets hung up on people dying. Starts smacking his leg.
His interest perked up at the cantina scene. I'm like "Hey, lotta cool aliens, huh bud?" And of course he says "They're playing music." So he's not really interested in the aliens, just their music. Shoulda figured.
How did I never notice that the only fat fighter pilot in the rebel alliance is named "Porkins"? Is his first name Fatty?
He was really concerned that the "old man died". Kept wanting him to come back. I convinced him that he was a really powerful ghost now. Sorta accurate, right?
Here's some funny stuff he said that sounds inappropriate at face value:
- They gotta get rid of that black guy for good.(regarding Darth Vader)
- They should chop that black guy with the life saver. (regarding Darth, and light sabers)
- They gotta get it in the hole. (about the shot at the end to destroy the death star)
Later, he told his mom about the movie. Darth Vader flew away in his spaceship after Han shot him. My wife says "That's not how I remember it!" I ask her what she's talking about. She says(and mimes pulling a mask off her face): "What about "Luke I am your father". I'm speechless. I'm like, way to blow the biggest spoiler in the history of spoilers. She's like, "What?" I'm like, that's the sequel.
Hopefully he didn't understand it.
Watched the other two flicks over the next 3 nights. He seemed to enjoy them. At the end of Empire he got concerned when Luke got his hand cut off and wanted to know if he'd "get it fixed".
Then after Luke got his hand fixed and the movie was ending he was very concerned with Han being frozen. Clearly not happy that's the way the movie was going to end.
We watched Jedi then, and he was pretty happy with it all at the end. The dying's not so bad when everybody comes back as a "powerful ghost".
My personal thoughts on them are strange. I sort of enjoyed the flicks, but it's very hard to find that love that I had of them oh so long ago. Also, caught tons of little "problems" that you'd never notice if you hadn't made movies.
It's true that making movies ruins movie watching to an extent.
Date night with the wife. Went to the cheap theater to see Daddy's Home. Hadn't heard much good about it, but the wife wanted a comedy and that's the only one I'd be willing to see that's out now.
Honestly it wasn't terrible. Not hysterical or anything, but there was a couple of parts that I laughed out loud at. Not as bad as the 30% or so on Rotten Tomatoes. It's much better than that terrible cop movie Ferrell and Wahlberg made before.
The best news was the the theater was entirely empty but for us. THAT'S sweet. In our younger days I'd have gotten some action.