I have to admit, while walking out of the theater on Wednesday, I was a bit sad. I had just watched what is scheduled to be the last installment of the Star Wars movies. Many people make fun of the droves of fans that come out for these films, and to be honest, I wasn't in a huge hurry to see the film. I wanted to see it at my leisure, and I did. But walking out, I knew something was different about my life mainly that this was the last new Star Wars film I'd ever see in the theater.
I suppose that sounds silly to many folks, but you have to understand you are talking about a movie franchise that is older than I. Imagine if someone said there would be no more James Bond films. People would be in outrage. This is slightly different, in that it was an epic story. It has come to a conclusion, but it is one I'm sure many folks would like to see continue.
To be honest, I am one of those folks. This story has captivated me for years. Something so powerful, even my parents came to love it simply because I did. It reminds me of my childhood, my innocence. My parents bought me every toy I would want. I think I had about 6 Darth Vader figures, JUST because I loved the movies.
The final installment came out two weeks ago, as Episode III hit the theaters. It was supposed to tie all loose ends from Episode II and Episode IV. To be honest, it did just that. It told the story of a man who cared, who loved. His passion and love moved him so much, he wanted to find a way to change people's fate. Can you blame his character? If you could find a way to keep alive those you've lost, wouldn't you fight for it? I know I would.
Episode III was a very good film. It wasn't great. I found myself not very interested in the first 30 minutes or so, but once the true story began to take shape, I was in. I wanted to see it all take shape. I wanted to see Anakin be seduced by the darkside. I wanted to see Obi-wan take every step he could to save the Jedi. I wanted to see Yoda make his mark, before he was cast away into hiding. I am a HUGE dork, but this story is so much larger than me. It is larger than any film double-trilogy we've seen in my lifetime.
And it happened. The entire story was spelled out in front of the world. The emperor's seduction. Anakin's fall. Obi-wan's fight. The birth of Luke and Leia. There were some moving parts of the film ...
The massacre of the Jedis was incredible. It was so well scripted, with each death seeming poetic. Even the death of the young Jedi at the hands of Anakin was remarkable, even though disturbing. You finally see where his passion and desire turns into hate and greed. Greed for power, and greed to honestly help his loved ones.
The story is now over, as far as George Lucas is concerned. I may be a big nerd and read some of the books, but I think the story is over for me to. He did it justice. He told the original story of Luke, and he finally showed us how Anakin became Vader. It is a lot to deal with, but I think it was done well. I kept trying to look for plot holes, but as much as I looked, the more I wanted to ignore minor details and just appreciate it for what it was, a story of love and family.
Look, I know I sound like a huge nerd. I'm not afraid to admit it. However there is no other science-fiction I find myself enjoying like these films. This was an epic story, one which told itself over my entire 28-year-old life. There will be no other story which will surpass it, in my eyes. I love these films, and as silly as it sounds ... I cannot wait to show these to my children. God bless DVD. At least my kids will be able to watch them in the appropriate order.
So thanks for reading my babble about Star Wars. I doubt you will ever see another post about it, until the day I show my children the films. Until then, may the Force be with you.