Last night our family watched Star Wars – A New Hope (1977 PG) on the big screen of our local Salvation Army Community Center. This was a fundraiser for their Hero’s Wanted Scholarship Campaign. Fun evening!
Here’s why I like Star Wars:
1. Families can share it together. People brought their small children to the movie. My daughters sang along with the Cantina song (they knew it because their high school jazz band performed it). I reminisced about my favorite lines with my girls:
- Han to Luke after he shoots down a TIE Fighter: Great kid, don’t get cocky!
- Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke about Mos Eisley: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
- The Jawas when they steal R2D2: Oo-tini!
2. Star Wars allows people to show their creativity. Our friend is a new member of the 501st Legion, also known as Vader’s Fist. He spent many months building his Storm Trooper costume, pouring over movie stills and schematics to get it just right. You can see him in the picture – pretty amazing, right?!
From Chewbacca to the Sand People, these creative adults spend their free time sharing their talents with each other and with the public. For movie snacks, we even could chose from Light Sabers (large pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate), Death Stars (round cocoa puff rice crispy treats), and TIE Fighters (s’mores shaped like the bad guy’s fighter ships).
3. The actors have become familiar to us. I’ve read Carrie Fisher’s books – did you know she was only 19 when the movie came out, and used the money to buy her very own New York City apartment where she reunited with her estranged father? Harrison Ford has grown in his four decades of movies, although I don’t think my daughters recognized him as the same person in 42 (2013). Kids recognize Darth Vader’s voice (James Earl Jones) in The Sandlot and The Lion King and Jack and the Bean Stalk.