I have a confession to make, I have spent my entire adult life surrounded by geeks, but I have resisted. I went to a geeky college (RIT), entered as one of the geekiest majors (software engineering) and married a full on film geek; but I have never joined their ranks.
When GirlHack asked me to write a monthly article for the site, I without hesitation agreed; but then reality set in, what “geeky” could I write about? As my husband was (pardon the term) geeking-out over a Star Wars book with my three year old son, it came to me. I would journey into the world of geek-dom by watching geeky movies I had never before seen (there really isn’t a movie that I’ve seen that I would consider “geeky”) and write about my impressions of them after watching them for the first time. Star Wars would be first up (I didn’t realize it was a trilogy – really) and we will hit (at the very least, but I am totally open to suggestions) “The Goonies”, “Hackers” and “Indiana Jones” (the only one I’ve seen was the newest one – which everyone tells me doesn’t count) along the way. But this is my journey and I hope you will come along.
Now, onto Star Wars. I will be completely honest (and some may say un-American), but I was not a fan. Full disclosure, I didn’t finish all three. I watched all of four, most of five, and none of six. I know they are a complete story and I should go through each of them to appreciate it all; but I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make it. There are things I could definitely appreciate about the films, I just couldn’t get into them.
I think that the reason I couldn’t buy into the story was because I didn’t care about the characters. I didn’t dislike any of the characters, I just didn’t care about them. They all seemed really monotoned to me and they failed to bring me in. During the scene they introduced Han Solo my husband made a comment about how bad ass they were making him out to be, and that just didn’t come across for me. Based on all the hype about the movies, I thought it was going to be super action packed and I would be glued to the screen, but that definitely wasn’t the case.
I hate to say that it didn’t live up to all the hype, because that would imply I thought it was a problem with the movie; I fully realize that it was just a movie I didn’t love. I think part of the problem is I waited so long to see it (I’m 27). I have heard for much of my life about these movies, and have seen so many references to them, that the parodies were my first introduction, and they distracted me from what i was watching.
All of that said, I was definitely impressed with the effects. Considering when the films were made, and what was available to them, I really didn’t think they looked dated.
When did you first see Star Wars and what did you think? (My three year old now wants a “life saver”). What movie should I check out next?