A simple explanation would be in order, wouldn’t you think? But as many of you probably could surmise – because you find yourselves in the same boat — the answer can be rather complex.
Sure, I get swept away on an adventure every time the intro scrawls across a darkened backdrop, and fades into oblivion. I always am up for an adventure! 🙂
Yes, I am captivated by the cast of characters — both prominent and those in supporting roles, even those who are mere faces in the crowd — who help tell the story that takes place in a galaxy far, far away. They give the stories a great deal of depth.
Indeed, I am in awe of the rich tapestry of foreign — yet somewhat familiar — worlds to which I am transported time and time again. Their names — Tatooine, Endor, Coruscant, Felucia, Kashyyyk — conjure up images just with the mention of their names. I can immerse myself — via my imagination — on a planet of sweeping sandscapes or on a different orb beneath towering trees that would dwarf me, or yet on another galactic sphere enjoying the majestic beauty of its flowing waters. I imagine myself getting to know some of the locals [something I like to do when I travel] — although I might need a protocol droid to help me converse in some situations. 😉 I could learn about the various cultures and subcultures of each unique place … and learn, as is often the case, that even though there are differences that exist, we all are more alike than we are different. Expansive as the galaxy may be, it truly isn’t all that big when you really think about it.
Obviously, Star Wars is infused with themes that have been employed in film and literature over and over again — good vs. evil, fighting the “good fight”, don’t judge a book by its cover, personal growth and finding one’s true path, friendship, no one is insignificant, redemption. Most movies will deal with one or two of these themes and be done with it. Star Wars, on the other hand, tackles all of them, allowing discussion and dissection to ensue even 30+ years later. How many stories can lay claim to a feat such as that? Impressive. Most impressive.
Furthermore, there is the creative genius of not only George Lucas but also the team of incredibly talented and equally creative individuals who dressed the sets, who fashioned the models, who painstakingly designed and sewed the costumes, who took notes out of thin air to set each mood to tell the tales of Anakin Skywalker, his beloved Padme, Luke and Leia, Han, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian. Then, there’s my “hero behind the scenes” whose ears discerned the nuances of sounds, blended those nuances together to give creatures their voices, ships their roaring identities … the list goes on and on and on. We know some of their names — Trisha Biggar, John Knoll, Doug Chiang, Ben Burtt, John Williams — but there is a small [by some scales 😉 ] army behind these familiar names who played as vital a role as George Lucas in creating the Saga we love and cherish. 🙂 I am in awe of their individual and collective talent. You see, it is not only the movies themselves that I find so enriching and awe-inspiring, the people who brought the films to life are just as important. 🙂
Wouldn’t you agree that there is no single reason why any of us like Star Wars? If someone asks me — and there have been countless instances when the subject has come up 🙂 — the asker had better have some time on his/her hands because s/he is in for what could easily amount to a dissertation on the subject! 🙂
Yet, possibly trumping all of the reasons I just cited, the one aspect of Star Wars that has captured my heart most of all is its universal ability to reach across the aisle to bring people together, to make friends out of strangers. Through Star Wars — because of Star Wars — I have met some incredible people, and have forged strong friendships with many. Equally as important to me — if not more so — Star Wars is all about family. 🙂 My husband, Tom — also a huge Star Wars fan [although he says not as big a fan as I am 😉 ] — and I have shared our love of the Saga with our two daughters, bringing them up on Star Wars. They’ve had a fondness for the films since they were very little, can quote dialog, and understand any Star Wars reference. The Saga has enriched their imaginations, and that has carried through to their professional lives [our oldest is a film AE/editor; our youngest, though pursuing an unrelated career in a land far, far away, also is a member of a video game design team]. Was Star Wars directly responsible for their chosen paths? I don’t know if I would go quite that far, but it certainly did not hurt that they both saw where their imaginations could take them by seeing the films over and over and over again. 🙂
As we head into the few remaining days before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” hits theaters, I — we — will wait with bated breath for a new chapter in our beloved Saga to unravel, to add a new host of reasons why Star Wars is so significant in our lives. Star Wars — on all its levels — enriches our lives. Its parallels to real life can help us get through the rough, tough spots, inspire us to overcome obstacles, inspire us to be more than we thought we could be. I’ll be sitting in that darkened theater with you ready for the adventure to begin anew. 🙂
Three days and counting…
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