We watched Star Wars: A New Hope, which will always be just Star Wars to me.
It's both better and worse than I remember. The "worse" parts are somewhat unavoidable -- such as special effects that mostly hold up but are definitely dated -- and the best parts that I didn't remember is the repartee and affection between Luke, Leia, and Han. I never realized how whiny Luke was the first 15 times I watched it.
Anyway, Sherron had never really watched it all the way through, so we teased her mercilessly when she called the Death Star the Dark Star and when she otherwise didn't get it.
I had to explain "Han shot first" and showed her the wiki entry and she was amazed it was "a thing." Heh.
I almost ordered her out of the house.
I'm going to try to connive to watch The Empire Strikes Back today. Even if I have to watch it by myself.
It's hard to explain how Star Wars struck the world in 1977. I compare it to how the Beatles came along with their irresistable upbeat tunes in 1963, after the Kennedy assassination and other terrible events.
It was so fresh, so fun, so much like the kind of Space Opera I grew up reading, that I was astounded.
Hard to ever replicate that.
Anyway, even though it doesn't have that kind of impact anymore, it's still a fun little movie. Doesn't seem at all ground shaking now.
More like a friend who has gotten older and a little frayed around the edges.
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