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Laurel's been gently but consistently exposed to Star Wars all her life. When she outgrew the mobile on her crib, we hung up my X-wing Estes rocket. She's played with my light saber since she could lift it. She's seen the entire original trilogy and The Phantom Menace, and has been watching the animated Clone Wars series with me. Vogon asked yesterday if I wanted to see Revenge of the Sith in the theater (are you kidding?) and Laurel's been lit up ever since.

We saw the afternoon matinee at our local multiplex today with a bunch of Vogon's coworkers. (Only two sat with us, but being near the front is important with a semi-potty-trained kid.) Even that late in the day, we saw two guys dressed as Jedi knights, one dressed as Darth Vader, and one dressed as a storm trooper, which delighted Laurel.

While we were waiting for the movie to start, she colored in a coloring page of Yoda printed from the Galactic Color-Bot and was thrilled when Vogon let her 'hold' the popcorn tub since she was sitting between us. She did pretty well but asked to go to the potty every time she got bored, which made for *six* trips although she only actually needed to go once. I didn't miss any major plot points, but I started to really dislike motion-sensor hand dryers.

Verdict: Well worth seeing.


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May. 20th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that the movie was good, I had no doubt, but still good to hear that I won’t be wasting my money when I go. I just love all the 'Star War' movies. Your little girl actually did pretty well for a movie that long, when we saw 'The Incredibles' in the theatre that was too long for my girls. :)
May. 20th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC)
I saw it this afternoon, too. There are still plot holes that bug me, but overall it was an improvement over the I and II. The love scenes are just horrible, though. And the turn to the dark side is not so convincing for me. I am geekin out, sorry.
May. 20th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
How did Laurel do with the violence? Michael really wants to see it (Matthew doesn't care), and he's seen some of the other ones. However, I had heard this one had some serious violence in it - beheadings, things like that.
May. 20th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
I was a little curious about that too -- it wasn't neearly as bad as I was thinkin' (most of that stuff is pretty subtle -- don't want to go into spoiler territory), but, you know, I'm not a little kid, so, I'm probably not the best person to ask about that stuff. It's a bit darker than the other two, not nearly as happy/feel-good as the others, but I figure you'd kinda gather that, since it's about Darth Vader and all.

I'd say it'd depend on how old/mature your kids are. Like, if they're young and squeamish about stuff, they might want to wait. If they don't really blanche at anything, go for it. (There is one or two scenes that might be Nightmare Fodder -- won't say what it is, spoiler -- but for the most part it's pretty OK.)

You might want to go see it before-hand, but that could also be seen as sorta taunting the kid if you decide it's Too Much for them, heh.

Movie-wise, though, it's very good. Recommended! (Feel free to email me if you want me to actually mention what the particular spoilers are -- I think my email's in my profile... if not, let me know and I'll give you the address. Or you can probably figure it out, since I'm all a paid LJ user, and so I've got the username at livejournal.com forwarder thing.)
May. 20th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, the boys just turned 4 last month and they THINK they are the bravest and biggest kids around. However, Matthew has such an active imagination he has nightmares at least once a week. They aren't necessarily about things he's seen on TV or in the movies, but just his imagination running wild. So, I shelter them somewhat from violent shows. They get to see some (Godzilla, Buzz Lightyear, Scooby Doo, Kim Possible), but not others (Power Rangers). We tend to avoid things that show live human violence and allow sparing and closely supervised animated violence.
May. 20th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Hmm -- yeah; that might be a good idea to steer them away from this for a few years (at least Matthew, anyway, but since you said he's the one who's more indifferent towards the film, that might not be so bad). I know the movie's a PG-13; I'd say that 10 or so might be a good age (though it's always hard to say that, as kids are different all across the board, but just sorta thinking aloud), but you might want to see what Melissa says, too, since she actually _has_ a kid that age, where I'm just sorta thinking back to when I was around that age.

But yeah -- it sounds to me that you'll probably want to pass on this for a while. The violence could be much worse (most of it does take place off screen), but there is still a bit, including one or two bits that are kind of disturbing, especially for younger viewers. It's not nearly as kid-friendly as the other films. (And as I was talking about last night, it'll be kind of odd for kids who saw Episode I (and to a lesser extent II) and really identified with Anakin, heh.)
May. 24th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Laurel has been exposed to a fair amount of animated violence (her bio-dad played video games every waking moment he was at home) so I was most concerned about the big fights toward the end. She was more interested in the light sabers and Yoda than anything else, so she wasn't watching the parts I thought would be most disturbing to children because she was more interested in going to the bathroom or coloring.

I agree with revme that it's not as kid-friendly as the other episodes.
May. 20th, 2005 07:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, I heard that the action scenes were fantastic, the acting- not so. I'll see it sometime next week. It's wonderful that Laurel had fun. :)
May. 24th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
I don't expect great acting in the Star Wars films, just exciting action scenes and a sufficient value of Jedi knights, so I was satisfied. Laurel's mostly interested in light sabers and Yoda right now, so it was good for her too. I hope you enjoy it!
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