The entire time that I have been hanging around with the charming comedian, I have known a very shocking fact: He has never watched all six Star Wars movies. When he told me that, I think I looked at him like he had three heads! I love the older movies. I have watched them so many times over the years it is sinful! Now, he has seen the older ones, but he thinks probably only once or twice. He is like me, though, he is a Trekkie first. But still! Anyway, this week he has decided that it is time to watch them all. We watched the first movie on Tuesday and the second movie last night. I imagine that the third movie will probably be watched tonight.
It is absolutely amazing to watch these movies with someone that has not only not seen them before, but hasn't seen the old movies enough time to have them memorized! Not that I don't know plenty of people that haven't watched the movies before. They just wouldn't let me demonstrate the fabulousness of them! The charming comedian is, though, and it is just, well, baffling to me! It got me thinking. I grew up on the old movies. Now there are the new movies, though, so people of later generations are actually going to be able to start at movie one and end at movie six, instead of starting at movie four. I cannot even comprehend what that would be like! I mean, there is a little bit of mystery in the first three movies, but if you have watched the last three you pretty much know what is going to happen. The charming comedian obviously knows the basics, but there is still so much he doesn't know that it is fun to see this side. It is really the closest I can come to watching the movies 'the new way'.
So, now, what do I think of the movies? I still hate the new movies. Compared to the classics, they are not even in the same class. I actually was telling the charming comedian that with the exception of watching bits and pieces when they aired on television, I have probably only watched the new movies once at the theatres and then once when they came out on DVD. (I am so sure on this fact that when the first movie skipped I knew exactly who to blame!) So, I don't have them memorized like I do the older ones (and even that is probably slipping because I haven't watched them in a couple years). Nothing has changed with the passing of time, though. Jar Jar Binks still drives me insane, I still don't like either actor that plays Anakin, I really don't understand the purpose of Samuel L. Jackson (though, I do like him generally), I still think they were too concerned with special effects and lots of things look very fake, etc, etc. The worst thing of all is I love Yoda's fight scene, and since I got like no sleep the night before... Guess who slept through it! Any other time the charming comedian wakes me up, but not this time, and this time I actually wanted to watch the movie!
Anyway, even though I still don't like the new movies, I have to say that it is really fun to watch them with someone that has never seen them before. I also have quite demonstrated my nerdish qualities when I would pause the movie to tell him a random piece of trivia. What does he think of the movies? So far he doesn't like them because they make fun of Star Trek. Funny, huh, that is exactly why for years I wouldn't admit to liking them. I have got passed it, though. I don't mind. He so graciously told me last night that I can get him tickets to see the new Star Trek movie for his birthday! I never saw Nemisis in theatres, so it was Inserrection the last time I saw a Star Trek movie in theatres. I am very excited! The movie better not suck, is all I can say. The charming comedian is a way bigger fan of the Original series than I am, so it will be interesting to see what each of us thinks.
Next up, we are going to be watching The Lord of the Rings. He's seen those, but we have never watched them together. Plus, he has never read the books, while I think Tolkien is a literary god. It should be an interesting experience!