Originally published May 25, 2018.
I’ve told this story before, I’m sure. I was seven years old when I saw Star Wars ANH, a few months after it was released, in my friend Billy Castle’s private movie theater. I was about six feet from the screen, and the sight of the Star Destroyer endlessly passing into the scene had an enormous impact on my seven year old mind.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it has to be in the hundreds if not the thousands. And the basic concepts of Star Wars, of the Republic and the Rebellion, that fascism must be defeated, that people must be free, that the fight to keep that freedom is ongoing – I may not have realized it at seven years of age, but that’s when I learned them. Because, after all, Star Wars has – always – been political, and has always been about the downtrodden rising up against their oppressors.
No one should be surprised that I love the new Star Wars movies too. And I am happy to report that Charlie and Ben do as well. Because the fight will go on after those of us who were born with Star Wars are gone.
Happy Star Wars Day, and may the Force be with you.