No Intention of Revisiting Any Galaxy

Alec Guinness
“A refurbished Star Wars is on somewhere or everywhere. I have no intention of revisiting any galaxy. I shrivel inside each time it is mentioned. Twenty years ago, when the film was first shown, it had a freshness, also a sense of moral good and fun. Then I began to be uneasy at the influence it might be having. The first bad penny dropped in San Francisco when a sweet-faced boy of twelve told me proudly that he had seen Star Wars over a hundred times. His elegant mother nodded with approval. Looking into the boy’s eyes I thought I detected little star-shells of madness beginning to form and I guessed that one day they would explode.

‘I would love you to do something for me,’ I said.

‘Anything! Anything!’ the boy said rapturously.

‘You won’t like what I’m going to ask you to do,’ I said.

‘Anything, sir, anything!’

‘Well,’ I said, ‘do you think you could promise never to see Star Wars again?’

He burst into tears. His mother drew herself up to an immense height. ‘What a dreadful thing to say to a child!’ she barked, and dragged the poor kid away. Maybe she was right but I just hope the lad, now in his thirties, is not living in a fantasy world of secondhand, childish banalities.”
― Alec Guinness, A Positively Final Appearance

Metal Ostrich Sculpture, downtown McKinney, Texas

Oblique Strategy: Not building a wall but making a brick

The whole family is now here, one son in from New Orleans, his cat ensconced in one bedroom, the other son from Houston, his black Labrador retriever settled into another.

Our Ring smart doorbell makes our cellphones tinkle in a delightful way every time the delivery man brings another present, the new Internet of Things Santa Claus.

We were up at eight; I had to drag myself – feet hurting, mind reeling – from bed; to see a morning showing of The Last Jedi at the local Alamo Drafthouse (the best place in the world to see a movie). I love the no talking/no texting or you will be thrown out policy. I love the fact that at nine in the morning they will bring a milkshake with alcohol in it to your seat. I love the stuff they put on the screen before the movie.

(on this snippet – if you get the joke “A talent agent is sitting in his office, a family walks in…” you should be ashamed of yourself)

I liked the film a lot better than I was expecting.

There is something wonderfully odd about seeing a movie early in the morning, other than the discount tickets. I’m so used to going at night – to emerge to sunlight and the realization that you still have another day to live – is almost wonderful.

8 responses to “No Intention of Revisiting Any Galaxy

  1. [Disney CEO: rooting through the kitchen drawer…] “Where’s my skull opener?”
    “Your what?”
    “My skull opener.”
    “It’s in the dishwasher, it was filthy.”
    [Piercing screaming coming from the kitchen]
    “What are you pouring in now?”
    “Well, we bought that franchise, all those franchises, I figure we’d better get full value from them.”
    “So, more Star War then?”
    “It’s that time of year.”
    “Yes it is. Merry Hothmas and a Force-full new year!”

  2. There were parts I really liked, and parts I really didn’t like about the movie. Interesting that they pretty much realized that the franchise is cratering under it’s own weight, and basically made a movie about getting rid of all the history so that they can………keep making more movies.

  3. I used to reflect that David Lean couldn’t make a film without Alec Guinness. I mean… he hardly ever did, between ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘A Passage to India’. It’s grand to have an obsession – I have several – but when that obsession becomes compulsive, as in seeing ‘Star Wars’ over and over and over, you have a severe problem. I found the cure, though: that was to go and see ‘The Force Awakens’. Han Solo hadn’t changed his clothes, maybe had them let out a little. But most importantly, the Empire (or whatever they were calling themselves now) had hired the same engineering consultants to design the new, improved Death Star, and guess what – yes, there was a weak spot you could fly an antiquated space-fighter down and bomb. Seriously? And on top of that, “Someone has to get inside and disable the force field” is such a sci-fi cliche that a script-writer should be blacklisted for eternity for using it.

    I just know I’m going to get dragged along to ‘The Last Jedi’.

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