Yesterday we took my son to see The Smurfs, a film I wasn’t very excited about seeing I have to admit. However, my spirits were raised somewhat when I walked into the cinema lobby and saw this great picture of Darth Maul hanging on the wall.
If you’ve read this post you’ll know that I’m a huge Star Wars fan and in particular Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I must be a big fan, because for me to get excited about going to the cinema is very rare as I generally hate them with a passion. Another rarity is me looking forward to seeing a post production 3D film, which to date have mostly been pretty poor. However, George Lucas has assured us that the conversion to 3D has been done incredibly well, and I trust him.
Before The Smurf film started one of the trailers they showed was in fact for The Phantom Menace 3D, and I did get goosebumps watching it. I was transported back to late 1998 when I saw the first teaser trailer and watched it repeatedly, in awe and with an air of surreality. My wife doesn’t like 3D as it gives her headaches, but on seeing the trailer she turned to me and said that she wanted to see The Phantom Menace 3D – such is the power of Star Wars.
The Darth Maul on the wall (wonderful bit of rhyming there) wasn’t the only Phantom Menace display in the cinema as I then came across this en route to the screen showing The Smurfs:
Apologies for the bad quality of the photo but it was very dark and I only had my phone to take a photo. I stood in wonderment in front of the huge Darth Maul display, wondering why the teenagers walking past didn’t share my elation.
Here is that trailer for The Phantom Menace 3D, though it looks much better on a big cinema screen, obviously.
For 32 years Star Wars has got me excited and this latest chapter is no exception. In less than 5 weeks I’ll be watching The Phantom Menace for the 6th time in a cinema, but the first time in 3D – 2012 is already beating the cr@p out of 2011. May the force be with you, always.
P.S. The Smurfs was better than I expected.