Brooks & Crowley - February 2020

Review Brooks & Crowley

February 2020


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“Sitting there in the theater in 1977, I was blown away by the very first words that appeared on screen: ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …’”

futuristic settings, Arthurian imagery, and “Flash Gordon” style action was unlike anything my generation had ever seen. It’s so powerful that, even 40 years later, kids are still being swept up by these films. My youngest, for example, just finished building another “Star Wars” LEGO set with hundreds of pieces — we certainly didn’t have anything like that when I was his age! He finished construction shortly after we’d gone to see “The Rise of Skywalker,” the capstone to this decade- spanning saga. The movies may have wrapped up, but our family’s adventures in this strange, wonderful sci-fi universe are far from over. Our family just returned from a trip to Disney World, and my kids had exactly one thing on their mind: the newest addition to the theme park, Galaxy’s Edge. They were practically jumping out of their skins to go see the new "Star Wars" attractions up close. It’s amazing to think that something that began when I was just a kid still sparks such excitement in young people today. Not bad for “just a popcorn flick.” I’ve come to accept that not every movie has to be “Casablanca” to be enjoyable. The individual films in the “Star Wars” franchise may just be flashy fun, but taken as a whole, that galaxy far, far away has the power to ignite the imaginations of people of all ages, and that just might be better than any award. –Neil Crowley

MOVIES WORTH SEEING How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blockbuster

“Star Wars” is the prime example. The series has never been much of a critical darling, being seen as the embodiment of the flashy blockbuster. And yet, even through those notoriously hated prequel movies, people still flooded the theaters, bought up the toys, and donned the costumes of their favorite characters. In all nine films, “Star Wars” may not have ever clinched any Oscars for best picture, acting, or screenwriting, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a series that has had a larger impact on generations of moviegoers. I still remember seeing the very first film in the franchise back before we even knew it was going to be a franchise. Sitting there in the theater in 1977, I was blown away by the very first words that appeared on screen: “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …” It was such a surprising, subversive way to begin a science fiction movie — more reminiscent of a fairy tale than a spacefaring adventure. George Lucas’ blending of

This month, Hollywood celebrates the best pictures of the year, and I’m once again reminded of how limited my selection of movies is these days. My kids are at that age where they have to see the latest blockbuster action movie, from “Avengers: Endgame” to “The Rise of Skywalker,” meaning most of the films I saw this year will likely be taking home awards for special effects and the like, but not much else. And honestly, I’m alright with that. Normally I’m a pretty difficult customer when it comes to entertainment. Action is all well and good, but if you’re going to take up two hours of my time, I’d like to have a little substance in return. But going to see these larger-than-life superhero movies and lightsaber fights has taught me that there’s something to be said about putting your brain in a box and just enjoying the ride. After all, there’s a reason these popcorn flicks are so successful, right?


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