The Great Star Wars Debate
Ben, my almost 5-year-old, has been introduced to Star Wars through Angry Birds. The Star Wars version is his favorite to play, and to be honest, I kind of like it too. Not only does he like the game, he’s become very interested in all of the bird characters which mimic those in the movies and their back stories. He and my husband have had many talks about who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Why did Anakin Skywalker go to the dark side to become Darth Vader? If people had been nicer to him, would he have stayed good? Where do the Star Wars guys live? Etc. etc. etc. We still don’t think Ben is quite old enough to watch the actual movies. He still scares easily and doesn’t do well with shows where there is a clear mean “bad guy”.
That being said, when the time does come, my husband is in great distress about which movie Ben should watch first. Does he start with the original Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope, the 1977 classic that we saw as kids, OR does he start from the now beginning of the series Episode I, The Phantom Menace? Watching Star Wars is kind of like a rite of passage and this isn’t one we want to mess up.
So, help me Internet, you’re my only hope. Which movie should come first?
By the way, here is a great site for the movie synopsis in case you don’t know which character actually becomes Darth Vader or answers to other important questions.
Editor’s Note: More Star Wars films have emerged since this article was published. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how to integrate the rest of the saga into the mix.
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