Star Wars

(40 Posts)
Gruntled Sat 07-Dec-13 20:52:54

My DD7 has just decided that she has to watch Star Wars. Am I being unreasonable to completely ignore the 3 newer films and jump straight in to the 'good' ones?

farrowandbawlbauls Sat 07-Dec-13 20:55:03

Go right ahead. The newer ones make no difference to the story anyway and 3 is just crap.

ShylaMcClaus Sat 07-Dec-13 20:59:14

YANBU. Awful timing, they were on ITV a couple of weeks ago!

foslady Sat 07-Dec-13 21:00:44

Definitely start with the better (Harrison Ford - swoon!) films

Cindy34 Sat 07-Dec-13 21:04:07

Yanbu, start with New Hope, Empire strikes back, Return of the. Jedi. The digital enhanced versions have better effects.

Gruntled Sat 07-Dec-13 21:09:40

Up until this week she had no interest at all but two boys playing with light sabres and now it's Star Wars Star Wars Star Wars!
So, thank you and it's the originals for us!

lookatmybutt Sat 07-Dec-13 21:16:46

Yeah, just the originals. Wish you could get ep 4 without that awful Jabba the Hutt addition. You can't, can you?

puntasticusername Sat 07-Dec-13 21:22:17

YANBU. There actually are only the three original films. There was a rumour they made some more, but that is a lie.

ILoveRacnoss Sat 07-Dec-13 21:26:32

Even if you do choose to watch them all, it's so much better in the original order. "Luke... I AM your father!" has no impact if you already knew.

puntasticusername Sat 07-Dec-13 21:29:38

Muh! Spoilers!


MrsKitty Sat 07-Dec-13 21:31:25

Absolutely right to start with A New Hope and act like eps 1/2/3 never Ever happened.

AnUnearthlyChild Sat 07-Dec-13 21:31:52

Yes, chronological Not story timeline order.

Vader is a much better villain if you don't have a backstory.

AnUnearthlyChild Sat 07-Dec-13 21:32:59

punt hahahaha

you know he dies in the end, right?

puntasticusername Sat 07-Dec-13 21:36:27

The only possible answer to that is...


I've seen an interesting suggestion, though I haven't tried it myself - to watch 4 then 5 - so, ending with the revelation - then 1, 2 and 3 as an extended 'flashback' before finishing with 6 to tie up the ending/redemption etc.

CruCru Sat 07-Dec-13 21:39:44

If you do show the newer ones, the best order is


Episode I is enjoyed by kids but is not needed for the story.

nipersvest Sat 07-Dec-13 21:41:39

ds (whose name just so happens to be luke) is soooo looking forward to getting his first mobile phone so he can file dh's number as 'darth vader' grin

TheNaughtySausage Sat 07-Dec-13 21:49:28

I have a bad feeling about this.

Gruntled Sat 07-Dec-13 22:36:12

So, these are not the DVDs I'm looking for....

quietbatperson Sat 07-Dec-13 23:44:21

You may want to hold off on episode III - it's a 12 and rather gruesome when Anakin Skywalker gets most of his limbs chopped off and is badly burned.

EvilRingahBitch Sat 07-Dec-13 23:51:20

Oh go on, do CruCru's suggested order - it's called Machete order and it's one of the pinnacles of geek culture.


However, I think a 7 year old would probably actually enjoy episode 1; the pod race and Sodding Jar Jar Binks are very appealing at that age, so maybe do:


But you might have to use your skill and judgement about whether to do part III, because it is quite harrowing. I wish there was a heavily cut PG version that younger children could watch, but although you could edit the fights the actual events are upsetting in and of themselves.

Funnily enough our DD aged 7 has also just decided she wants to watch Star Wars. We started with A New Hope last night and will work our way through them, but episode III will be a while off, it is too gruesome for her.

However, the revelation won't have any impact on her, we're a big Star Wars following family so she already knows all the background. grin

AnneWentworth Sat 07-Dec-13 23:58:48

Glad I found this thread. We are not a Star Wars family but DS2 who us 6 in Jan is obsessed and had asked for the films for Christmas and we would have no idea what order to show them.

doolallylass Sun 08-Dec-13 00:04:42

YABU let her watch them all! My kids love them. Great story including the first ones.

squoosh Sun 08-Dec-13 00:05:13


They are all deadly dull.

ShylaMcClaus Sun 08-Dec-13 00:08:51

They have spaceships and Harrison Ford drama and pathos and Harrison Ford romance and action shock

Isthatwhatdemonsdo Sun 08-Dec-13 00:24:19

Harrison Ford is in them. Enough said.

BeaWheesht Sun 08-Dec-13 00:28:56

Ds much prefers the old ones.

but then he loves ghostbusters and home alone and the old it's a wonderful life...

Kewcumber Sun 08-Dec-13 00:29:00

I started DS off on Episode 4 and we went in order they were made - he's 8 now and it doesn;t seem to have scarred him for life.

Asheth Sun 08-Dec-13 02:02:06

I love Star Wars! But of the new three Revenge of the Sith is definitly the best. A phantom Menace is all about the special effects and Attack of the clones is ok but nothing compared to the original three. Revengenof the Sith is the only one I consider to be a good film. But it ruins the effect of "I am your father" if you watch it before the Empire Striles Back.

ZingSweetPea Sun 08-Dec-13 02:47:41

do or do not. there's no try.

may the Force be with you!


ZingSweetPea Sun 08-Dec-13 02:49:17

original trilogy first

then the rest

Euphemia Sun 08-Dec-13 04:18:49

DH drives DD nuts by saying the lines just before the actors do. smile

Panzee Sun 08-Dec-13 05:17:07

There are only three films.

Morgause Sun 08-Dec-13 05:24:49

There are only three Star Wars films. fgrin

sashh Sun 08-Dec-13 08:17:24

Don't forget to film her face when she finds out who Darth Vader is.

Gruntled Sun 08-Dec-13 09:03:35

We are starting with IV this morning. I just hope it doesn't mean I'll need to start buying the toys as well!

Ha ha! Our kids have grown up with Star Wars toys in this house, most of them are mine and DH's. grin

PointyChristmasFairyWand Sun 08-Dec-13 17:51:25

We've watched IV, V and VI but are holding off on the later ones specifically because III is so dark - and our DDs are the kind who get nightmares.

Yes, only the originals. The new ones are not in the same league. Looking forward to my Christmas StarWarsathon now fgrin

Saw the last one recently again on Itv and the redemption of Darth Vader always makes me misty eyed. Got to love those ewoks too. Have put Star Wars lego on my Christmas wishlist so fingers crossed!

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