The Ruark Kids

Star Wars


We took the girls to see the new Star Wars today. This was the first time that all four of us have been to a movie together. We figured it would be a memorable experience to choose this movie.

Both girls spent most of the movie with their ears covered, it was so loud. Thalia leaned up against Mama the entire time. Siena spent a large chunk of the first 20 minutes asking, “Who’s that?” “What’s that?” But after a while of me saying, “I don’t know” and “I’m not sure yet”, she finally said at one point, “I’m not asking you, I’m asking the screen.”

As we walked out of the theater, Siena said, “I’m usually afraid of real-life movies,”–by real-life she means actual actors as opposed to animated movies–“but I’m not afraid of Star Wars.” We determined during dinner afterwards that neither of them were entirely sure of what was going on. They had missed some significant story moments. But Siena did raise some really good points, including (minor spoilers ahead, I suppose):

  • I said that it seemed inconsistent that the second time the weapon was charged it was getting dark, but the first time the weapon was fired during the general’s speech, it was very bright outside (that’s intentionally vague here for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet). Siena said, “Maybe the sun was big enough for two charges.” I was very impressed with her creative, hypothetical problem solving.
  • She asked why the bad guys have dark ships and clothes. She said it would seem better for them if they dressed like the good guys and sneaked among them and then attacked them by surprise. I’m not quite sure where she learned that tactic…

As expected, Siena is now excited to see the other movies (she was disappointed somewhat to learn that Luke, Leia, and Han are not in three of the movies), and she also is looking forward to the next one. I think Thalia’s is excited, too, but also a bit apprehensive. We’ll see if she wakes up in the middle of the night like she did after she watched Home Alone with Nonna and Pops.

I had hoped to see the movie in 3D Imax at one of the theaters Wired magazine listed as one of the best seven in the country to see it. Instead we saw it in 2D at our local multiplex. But we all loved it, and watching it with the girls made it a much more rewarding experience.

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