Star Wars II

Like thousands of other students, kids, unemployed individuals, and nerds who took the day off, I went to see the new Star Wars movie this afternoon. Overall I’d say it was pretty good – miles above Episode I. This one had fewer cheesy jokes, more of an actual plot, and good imagery. Forgetting my Star Wars history, I got a little confused by some of the references to the other movies (especially Episode 1, which I only saw once), but I definitely enjoyed the film.
Star Wars is obviously a huge cultural phenomenon. I’m not going to get into a discussion of its impact on society, but I do wonder if kids these days find it as intriguing as I did as a kid. I bet they do. Still, it somehow seems like the older movies were oh so much cooler than the modern ones. More story – less Hollywood. But then maybe I was just too young to remember.
Its interesting to see that the only Google “ad word” for “Star Wars” (the ads that appear on the right side of the Google results page) is for some sort of religious group (though I couldn’t quite figure out what they were promoting). I think thier name, “faithandvalues.com” is pretty ironic too. They could have at least called it faithandvalues.org. Would you go to a church called “Faith, Inc.”?
An interesting note about the age of Star Wars: The original film was released on May 25, 1977, the same day I was, uh, released. So whenever you hear something like “It’s the 25th anniversery of Star Wars”, you know it’s my 25th birthday.