As a devout Star Wars fan and believer in the ways of the force, I am hopeful that the new Star Wars films, acquired by Disney will bring back the magic and mystery of the original trilogy and its characters that was tragically absent in the prequels.
As an old school Star Wars fan, I have introduced all six movies to my 8 year old daughter and almost 3 year old son. When my son heard Darth Vader’s breathing and then appearance out of the smoke on the rebel ship in “A New Hope”, he was mesmerized.
Both my children prefer the original trilogy over the CGI glitzy prequels because of the characters and the story. Whether they laugh at the comic duo of C-3PO and R2, hide behind pillows at Vader and the Emperor, strut around the house as Han Solo, or try to use the force to sneak more snacks, the future success lies in the story-telling.
When I was in college, the original trilogy was once again released in theaters. I waited in line for 6 hours with my fellow friends recalling our Star Wars experience as kids. I don’t think my children have really yet to experience that magic.
I am hopeful that I will be able to take my children to the first showing of these new films as my dad took me for “Return of the Jedi.” A memory that I will never forget, holding on to my dad’s arm in a death grip as I watched the final light saber fight of father and son, while trying to eat my Junior Mints…a truly awesome childhood moment.
Yes, please Disney bring back that magic moment for my kids with some doses of humor and “cool factor” of Han Solo for a truly devout Star War fan!