So why? Why can a two-minute trailer of a movie have such an epic affect and reduce me to a pile of dribble? There have been many grand movies in our lifetimes, movies more critically acclaimed. What is it about STAR WARS?
It's the Force.
As Luke states in the trailer..."My father has it, I have it, my sister has it...and now you have it."
Well Luke, we have all watched you grow. We had our trading cards, our models, our sleeping bags, our dreams, and now I can honestly say, "My mother had it, I had it, my brother had it...and now my nieces have it." The Force is strong in us.
STAR WARS wasn't a movie. It was a world we all escaped to. A world with characters who truly became family. (And no, I'm not talking about those Jar-Jar Binks movies) There are quotes we utter without even know we're quoting a movie. It's instinctual. These aren't the droids you're looking for. And the music. That music! When the first strains came on in the trailer, the tears were already forming. Hearing that haunting tune in the beginning of the trailer immediately transports you back to a time when the Force was so strong. So much excitement. Bonds with friends. Bonds with family. This was STAR WARS! A time when you could say to your mother, "Mom, I can't possibly come to the dinner table, I'm battling the Imperial Storm Destroyer!" And she would say, "Oh!" and grab an X-wing fighter and join you.
It was the frustration every time the Millennium Falcon didn't jump to light speed. I think my fingers went through my palms, my fists were so tight. It was the sheer impact of the last ten minutes of Empire Strikes Back. Right along with Luke we vaulted from our childhood into some grim reality where Darth Vader shocked the hell out of us and Han Solo was taken away. You can't take Han Solo away! He can't be frozen in carbonite forever! I think I walked around like a zombie when that movie ended.
And today, how long has passed since you saw STAR WARS? A week, a year, a decade, several decades? If someone put a blinder on you, could you not identify the sound of a light saber?
No matter what this new movie holds, good or bad, I'm cherishing the memories it evokes. I'm cherishing the feelings it stirs. The Force is strong in me.
Where were you when you first saw the original STAR WARS? In the movie theater? On VHS? On DVD?