I’m now 1/10th of the way through my 30 x 30 list, and have made plans for two more already (see a comedian and visit Tara in NYC). If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you missed a treat as I crazily tweeted the six Star Wars films for May the Fourth (be with you) yesterday. Towards the end of the night when I was starting to lose it I created the hashtag #SassyYoda and we discussed the idea of #SassWars, a parody and/or YouTube channel which dubs sassy commentary (a la drag queens or teenage girls) over some of the epic shade throwing scenes throughout the series. Yeah, it was a rough last hour, but I made it.
What I found most challenging about the day was how exhausting and uncomfortable it was to sit through and pay attention to six full length movies. I somehow managed to (mostly) time myself while in front of the TV and it came in at just over 12.25 hours, but with breaks it was closer to 14 hours. I seriously wonder if I listed this one in the wrong place. It’s listed under relaxing, but after yesterday, I’m thinking it should’ve been classified as physical, because by the end of the day I was physically sore and mentally exhausted.
The willpower required to sit and watch 12+ hours of movies is incredibly taxing and seriously shocked me. The last half hour was brutal and I honestly didn’t think I would make it, but thankfully my friends Nick, Mike and Patrick stuck out the final movie with me. Matt, roommate, made appearances throughout the day, and Caitrin and Caroline joined for IV: A New Hope and V: The Empire Strikes Back.
I was really hesitant going into this re-watch as I haven’t watched any of these in a long time and honestly I get so sick of the vitriolic hate of the prequel trilogy to be absurd. Don’t get me wrong they’re not great, but the disproportionate amount of hate towards those movies is enough to make me like them more because of what they symbolize.
Think about it, Lucas waited almost 20 years to revisit the universe and takes minor conversations from the weakest of the original trilogy and builds an entirely new history for the universe; clearly it was going to be a struggle. Add in that the dialogue isn’t that great and the acting is less than sub-par and sure I can see some negative reaction when you compare the two trilogies, but when you look at the wider realm of movies in general they’re honestly not that bad. Again, I’m not apologizing for them, the horribly delivered romantic dialogue in the prequel are laugh-worthy and the numerous battle scenes (lightsaber and space) are clearly cinematography masturbation, but who cares when you think about what they’re doing now with special effects just because they can. I’m looking at you Peter Jackson and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
But really, I had a great day yesterday. It was a lot of fun to see all of the hints and origins they put into the prequel trilogy, but some felt like they just beat you over the head with them, but thankfully it made the original trilogy come across as that much better and subtle.
Just a note – I’m going to leave the comments open for now, but if this devolves into a hate fest on the prequel trilogy, I will close them. I’m sick of hearing about it, find something nice to say or just don’t comment.