Now if your first response to that headline was to say, "Which Star Wars? They're all Star Wars. Do you mean Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope?" then first of all I'd like to invite your pedantic ass to go jump off a wall and secondly I'd like you to accept the fact that I'm a child of the 70s and for me, "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" will always be "Star Wars" and the reset go by their secondary name. Got it?
Now that we've resolved that imaginary fight, I'll continue.
The kid has been asking about the original films ever since I went to see the last one in the theater ("Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker" if you need it spelled out) but she wasn't sure if she wanted to see it because she abhors violence.
I assured her that the violence in the original trilogy was the sort that could be dismissed - laser blasts, people disappearing as the lightsaber goes through them, explosions in space - and that there wouldn't be any blood and guts for her to contend with.
I did neglect to remember the creature getting his arm cut off and then the camera panning down to the bloody limb lying on the floor. I also forgot about the charred corpses of Luke's aunt and uncle. Minor details. She was fine.
I thought she might have an issue with an entire planet being blown up but she was strangely fine with it. She recognized the tragedy as such but didn't dwell. Phew!
So now she gets references that have been zooming over her head for so long, and she's hungry for more. It was all I had not to just launch us right into Empire but I held back as I want her to savor these films and really digest them.
And now there are soooooo many questions and I'm loving it, because my geek cred is really pulling its weight, but for her it's just her dad knowing a lot about something she's interested in, and that'a pretty awesome in my book.
Now I just have to figure out how to explain the train wreck that is the prequels.