Due to the snowstorm that hit the East Coast right around the holidays, my parents were unable to fly to the Midwest to spend time with us and the kids. The result was lots of unexpected, unstructured family time for us. We found ourselves watching more movies as a family than ever before.
This was a pretty big deal for our seven year old, as we collectively realized it was time to move from G to PG as our predominant guide to which movies to watch. And first on the list, after a loooong time of talking about it was Star Wars.
Now, tell this to any guy under the age of 50 and their first response is "Did you start with the original 3 movies, or did you do them in chronological order?" Wives and mothers, you may not know it, but this is a big philosophical deal. Go ask your husband. They've discussed it with their friends.
We started with the original, from 1977. Luke, Princess Leia, Han Solo. Brings back memories. I hadn't seen it years and it was great. Our son thought it was great. Nonetheless, I had to keep stopping it to explain what was going on. Explain, that is, to my wife.
She probably hadn't seen any of the Star Wars movies in 20 years. The problem was, in her memory, all three movies (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) blended together. I love her dearly but she may have eliminated a critical rite of passage for our son when she asked as the credits rolled, "Wait a second, when does Luke find out Darth Vader is his father?" (In case you don't remember, that's at the end of Empire Strikes Back.)
Knowing that the primary audience of this blog are women, if you just shared this story with the men in your life, they just shook their head and sadly laughed at my predicament. I told my wife that for now on if she is to watch old movies with us she has to submit her questions in writing!
Fortunately, we had a whole week to recover from this calamity, and that meant a whole week's worth of movies. I think the highlight for our son was The Princess Bride, which really was a fun movie to watch with a seven-year old boy. He loved the sword fights and chase scenes and hated the romance. Big surprise. But watching a very young Fred Savage mirror his response was a delight.
Now that we've opened up to our son the world of our childhood movies (think 1980s) I decided to start a list of movies that we're going to need to watch together. The Goonies come to mind. ET. Raiders of the Lost Ark (though maybe when he's a little older). Roger Rabbit. Anybody have any other recommendations?
(photo credit: http://blastr.com/2009/05/couple-celebrates-star-wa.php)