Star Wars: The Next Generation
Yesterday Max and I went to see the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace. The movie originally hit the theaters less than a month before Max was born ensuring him a childhood of new Star Wars movies, books, toys, and, perhaps most significantly in his life, Legos. Whatever your opinion is of the second wave of Star Wars movies when they announced the 3D release of Phantom Menace I knew that MAX needed to go. He has seen all of the movies on our TV at home. In 2006 Max sat with me on Father’s Day as we watched all six movies in a row. It was time to see his first Star Wars movie on the big screen. I asked him if he would write a quick blog entry and we decided on an interview format. Here are his thoughts.
Before I got into the movie I asked a couple of questions to get a baseline.
Me: What is your favorite Star Wars character?
Max: Hmmmm…. General Grievous.
Me: (slightly taken aback) Why?
Max: Because he can wield four light sabers!
Me: OK. My next question was going to be who is your favorite villain. I’ll flip that, Who is your favorite hero?
Max: Is Anakin a hero?
Me: We’ll say yes. He was killed by Darth Vader.
Me: Last character question. What is your opinion of Jar-Jar Binks?
Me: A what?
Max: A bombad general. I think it is the Gungan word for clumsy.
Me: O-kaaay. Did you enjoy the movie today?
Max: (resounding) Yes.
Me: On a scale of 1-10 how much did you like it?
Max: I guess I’d have to give it a 6.
Me: Why a 6?
Max: It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it isn’t the best Star Wars movie ever made.
Me: What is your favorite Star Wars movie?
Max: The third one.
Me: Return of the Jedi, good choice.
Max: No, the third episode – Revenge of the Sith. [I suppose given his answer to favorite character this isn’t a big surprise. Fanboys, please don’t blame him he is young and impressionable. If anything I guess this is my fault.]
Me: Oh. OK. Let’s get back to Phantom Menace. What was your favorite scene in the movie today?
Max: Duel of the Fates. [Proving that he has surpassed me in his fandom Max has named the scene based on the music score playing when it occurred.]
Me: Um..Duel of the Fates?
Me: Oh. Great Scene. I would probably have to agree. What was your least favorite scene?
Max: I don’t really have a least favorite part. It’s all pretty good. [This is when I realize there isn’t a single kissing scene in the entire movie. Score one for Mr. Lucas.]
Me: What did you think of the 3D in today’s movie?
Max: I didn’t really like it. There wasn’t much to notice. I usually don’t notice 3D in movies. [When were at the theater Max lifted his 3D glasses a few times because “you get more color without the glasses”.]
Me: Last question. If Episode II – Attacks of the Clones comes out in 3D, would you go see it.
Max. [no hesitation] Yes.