I started writing this back in May right before Disney+ released The Rise of Skywalker; hence the name, but I didn’t love the blog and I kept it in the archives for awhile. We spent that weekend watching all of the Star Wars movies in order in preparation for the Last Skywalker movie.
I started watching Star Wars movies when I was a young kid, single digit age. If I’m being honest, I don’t think I enjoyed them much; it was more of a “forced family fun” thing.
As I got a little older I started asking questions and I had an actual understanding of what was going on. My enjoyment of the story line grew and I started to love watching the movies. But the real draw of Star Wars was always my dad.
He would always get so excited and animated when he talked about the movies and the characters. He remembers waiting in line to see the original three movies in theaters. So watching the movies was not necessarily about the movies, but about my dad sharing memories of his childhood with us.
I think that is why they have such a significant role in my life and my brothers’ lives. His memories of childhood became ours. We collected the toys, had our own lightsabers, quoted movie lines(which we still do).
As more movies were released we extended our marathons. We created more memories with family movie trips. In adulthood my siblings and I introduced our children to the movies that we loved and created a new generation of Star Wars nerds.
Its funny to think that movies can create such strong emotional connections to a certain time and place, but they can. I even remember hating my parents for making me watch them and now I hope that I can create such fond memories/feeling for my kids as well!
Are there any movies that hold a significance in your life because of your parents?