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To ask you to turn me into a Star Wars fan!

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spad Sun 20-Dec-15 22:24:56

My DH loves Star Wars. It wouldn't occur to me to ever, ever watch it, except for I would like to enjoy more of the stuff that my DH does.

If your favourite film is Annie and you have the attention span of a newt what would I get out of it?


BadLad Sun 20-Dec-15 22:25:32

Unreasonable you are being.

cardibach Sun 20-Dec-15 22:27:31

Just watch it. Start with 4.

IronGolem Sun 20-Dec-15 22:28:01

I've just seen the new one, and I would say there's a great female lead character in this one - she's feisty, active, brave, can fly a plane and do mechanics!

DisappointedOne Sun 20-Dec-15 22:29:41

I'm on a mission. 38 years of never watching any of them (much to DH's annoyance). I hope to make it to the grave without having seen a single one.

DiscoSpider Sun 20-Dec-15 22:30:43

Yeah you have to watch it. I was sceptical, my first experience was of The Phantom Menace which was not a good place to start anyway, and I was barely paying attention because I was too busy snogging my boyfriend (we were 16,there was a lot of snogging).
My DH is a big fan and I watched the older films first with him which made a real difference, and now I'm a total convert. I don't do cinemas so can't wait to see The Force Awakens!

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 20-Dec-15 22:32:34

If this don't do it for you, you're dead.

My very first crush...

Oysterbabe Sun 20-Dec-15 22:33:26

I've tried to watch them but fall asleep every time. They just don't hold my interest.

Nataleejah Sun 20-Dec-15 22:34:53

I watched them only when DC started to show interest. Before that i would just fall asleep -- just too boring. But i guess films like that are inevitable for general education.

WiIdfire Sun 20-Dec-15 22:37:29

Just don't take them too seriously. They are a medieval knight story set in space, with swords and magic. Start with the original episode IV, and remember it came out in the 80's and if nothing else, just appreciate how advanced the special effects were for the time.

BadLad Sun 20-Dec-15 22:38:51

Start with the original episode IV, and remember it came out in the 80's


Gliblet Sun 20-Dec-15 22:39:59

Well, they're 'proper' film length, not 3 hour long arse-numbers padded out with tons of 'filler' dialogue and angsty token storylines. It probably helps to think of them as action/adventures that just happen to be set on another planet instead of something that's going to be some kind of sci-fi epiphany for you. The plots are easy to follow and are fast moving, so you don't have much time to mentally wander off. They're not really great works of cinema, but they are good pacey entertainment.

MitzyLeFrouf Sun 20-Dec-15 22:40:12

I wouldn't bother OP.

Become an Indiana Jones fan instead, much more fun.

WiIdfire Sun 20-Dec-15 22:40:30

Bah! Sorry. I wasn't born til '81 so in my mind it was 1987 (when I first watched it!!!)

notquitehuman Sun 20-Dec-15 22:40:42

Start with the old ones. Watch the original trilogy over a weekend. It's lots of fun! Then you can watch the new ones.

Don't watch the prequel trilogy unless you've been turned into a hardcore fan. I'm a huge star wars fan and find a lot of scenes completely cringe worthy.

Then go buy a costume, go to conventions, read the books etc... wink

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 20-Dec-15 22:44:02

Goodness no, don't bother with the awful 'new' ones.

TheSecondOfHerName Sun 20-Dec-15 22:45:14

It's not true science fiction, more like a family-friendly adventure that happens to be set in space, with aliens and robots as some of the characters.

It has the same themes and ideas as much of the fiction you are used to:
Good vs evil
Separation from loved ones
The value of friendship and loyalty
Destiny vs free-will

TheSecondOfHerName Sun 20-Dec-15 22:46:39

Start with episode IV (A New Hope) and see how you get on.

Lweji Sun 20-Dec-15 22:50:27

If your favourite film is Annie, there are two orphans. A feisty girl with odd hair. There's humour and drama.
There's someone claiming to be a parent.
There's a world leader.
A benevolent tutor.

Only good things.

WhereYouLeftIt Sun 20-Dec-15 22:58:44

I agree with what others have posted, ignore Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. They are shite.

Start with Episode IV: A New Hope. The special effects are way ahead of their time (1977), but they add to the film mainly by not distracting you from the story (never could take Jaws seriously, the shark was so obviously not real) which is universal. Orphan boy whose past has been hidden from him is thrown into adventure when said past catches up with him. (Ooh, that could be King Arthur and the round table too, couldn't it?) A mix of drama, adventure,and humour.

I so wanted to be Princess Leia. At last, a heroine who didn't scream and fall over when running away from the monsters grin.

helenahandbag Sun 20-Dec-15 23:00:07

I'm just out of the cinema after watching the new one, it's brilliant! The prequels are a lot of shite but the original trilogy is amazing and definitely worth a watch, even if only for Harrison Ford fwink

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