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May the Force be dissipated.
Loving Star Wars, Star Trek, Tolkien, etc. is all about having a vivid, exciting imagination, plus enjoying adventurous romps where the good guys triumph over evil! Are you just bored with everything, buddy?
Wow - that movie came out in 1997? Man, time flies!
[Exhale] Someone said it. May the Force never be with me.
I saw Star Wars on a hot 4th of July at the now gone St Louis Park Theatre in 1977. I was so bored! I just hated it! I gave it another chance when it played on TV, and was easily distracted. A friend told me I had to see The Empire Strikes Back, and I watched it on TV. Eh! That winter, Close Encounters opened. Due to Star Wars, I was cynical. What a surprise! I went to see it 3 days in a row and kept going to see it with friends! Such a gloriously entertaining movie! There are reasons Spielberg directed the Indiana Jones and George Lucas only produced them. Spielberg is a much better director!
The Empire Strikes Back was the only decent movie in the bunch. All the rest are downhill from that, for a variety of reasons. Time for the series to die.
It would have been better for the reputation of the series if Episodes 1, 2, and 3 had never been made.
Like stevelavigne, I saw Star Wars (episode 4) at the Saint Louis Park Cinema -- but on opening day, May 25 1977. I took a half-day off from work to be there for the first showing.
Not many people know that George Lucas borrowed the basic plot for Star Wars from Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress, changing Princess Yuki to Princess Leia and replacing Toshirô Mifune's heroic rebel general with the two heroic leads, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Kurosawa had two bumbling peasants for comic relief; Lucas turned them into two bumbling droids. Instead of plans for the destruction of the Death Star, the treasure in Kurosawa's film was actual gold, to finance an army to retake the ancestral lands.
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