It was not to be, of course, as the Boy had already seen the third video in the box and had decided on his own plans. The night we were due to go back to reading stories rather than watching films he decided to up the ante by putting the VHS in himself and being very excited. It was his face that did it. How could I possibly refuse his earnest visage when he looked up at me and asked to watch the next video? So, I have failed, no machete order, we have watched Return of the Jedi, easily my favourite film of the lot, and it was two nights later that Attack of the Clones arrived.
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|This is the film poster from 1983.|
Note how the special edition from 97
avoids the slave Leia thing.
|To be fair, the battle of Hoth is brilliant. Those AT-ATs walking across|
the snow and the snow-troopers invading the base are cinematic gold!
|This costume. This was not my poster of|
|It's the watch. That's what does it.|
And the hair, let's be honest.
But the key thing is that she is a full part of
the combat team and does the combat too.
And is sneaky.
Also, there's Mon Motha, the female leader of the Rebel Alliance (and the switch from Rebels to Rebel Alliance seems more pronounced now that I'm older, the Mon Calamari ships are noticeably absent from the first two films where the Rebels seem to have no capital ships at all and few aliens, despite aliens being heavily shown all around in a lot of scenes - I have to give credit to Lucas for that). Basically, what I'm trying to say is that I find Return of the Jedi a much more Feminist film than the other two and I think it benefits from that. I realise it technically isn't (none of the films pass the Bechdel test, but have plenty of dialogue for the women that is not caring and sharing but political and actually pretty realistic) but it is close enough that I feel okay saying it.
|Rape sloth meme caption.|
We're now on our third run through of Return of the Jedi and I have revealed to him that it is my favourite film too. Even the Girlie seems to enjoy watching it (though she prefers Empire Strikes Back and A New Hope) and so it seems to be becoming a bit of a staple.
The upshot of all of this is that I am probably going to get the original trilogy on DVD and wait a bit before trying the new trilogy again. I was surprised by how much more noticeably boring and staid Attack of the Clones was compared to the original. Even Ewan MacGregor's frankly superb performance as a young Alec Guinness wasn't enough to save the film, the bit he carries alone with the cloners is probably the best part and, at the same time, the most boring.
In closing, I think machete order would work. I think if I ever manage to convince Tilly to watch any of the films that is the order that will work best for her. However, my children have decided that the original trilogy, on VHS, is superior and I think I may agree with them. I am perfectly happy to watch A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and not bother too much about the second lot. I maintain that Revenge of the Sith is a good film, an enjoyable one, but with it being a 12 rated film I am hesitant about introducing it just yet. I also like the duel sequence in A Phantom Menace, along with the pod-race, but that's about it. By all means hurl abuse at me for this below!