You may have a heard of a little-known film called ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘, which was released at the back end of last week.
I jest, but whilst I’ve been pleased to see so many die-hard Star Wars fans come out of the cinema with rave reviews (after their disappointment of the prequels), I’m afraid I won’t be joining them. Because, I admit, I have never seen any of the Star Wars films.
No, really. I know it’s a bit of a cliché – I mean, there’s a whole TV and radio series called ‘I’ve Never Seen Star Wars‘, where people try things they haven’t done before – but I’ve never got around to watching the films. I didn’t see them as a child, and never watched the prequels when they came out.
Because Star Wars is basically everywhere – especially at the moment – I already know the basic plot and can name most of the characters. And I’ve seen two of the Family Guy parodies, if that counts for anything, and have watched Spaceballs a few times. I even got 7/10 on the BBC’s multiple-choice Star Wars quiz.
I have a Darth Vader t-shirt, which I wear quite a lot, although that’s mostly because it’s made with really soft fabric and so it’s really comfortable. And I may have also bought some Star Wars-themed clothing for our future child too.
I don’t want to belittle anyone else’s experience of Star Wars, nor complain about the blanket coverage it has been getting. I’m not the sort of person to passively-aggressively moan on Facebook about how everyone is going on about a film that I’m not planning to see.
Watching the films is on my to-do list, and I’ll probably choose to watch them in the so-called ‘machete order‘, where you watch episodes 4 and 5 first, then the prequels (although The Phantom Menace is apparently optional) and then 6, and, presumably 7. The first six films are available to purchase on iTunes and most other online download sites, although they aren’t available as part of a streaming package such as Netflix as yet. Perhaps I may devote some of my paternity leave to catching up.