Star Wars marathon sure to be a force at the Long Center

Star-Wars-Long-Center-NEW-640x420The Star Wars – The Original Trilogy marathon Aug. 13 at Dell Hall, presented by Alamo Drafthouse and the Long Center, is pretty cool: the 1997 special edition versions of “Star Wars: A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” back to back. It will take about nine hours. Many people will be dressed up. A $15 box lunch is also available (that you can eat in the theater).

Real talk: It would be amazing if these movies were the “original unaltered trilogy,” as they have come to be known. (You know, the movies that will set you back $170 on DVD, if you can find them at all.) People would storm the gates of the Long Center. A holiday would be declared.

But, no, it’s the Greedo Shot First versions.

Which, at this point, probably only rankles those of us who remember, say, the Reagan administration firsthand. In fairness, it has been nearly 20 years since even the modified versions were shown in theaters. And there is at least a whole new generation of fans who were not yet born when Han shot first, so this event will probably dazzle them, if also put their rear ends to sleep.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about Star Wars on bahalf of the Statesman. There’s this story from 2002 — around the time all of us were figuring out just how grim the prequels were continuing to be — about the evolution of Star Wars fan culture and the extent to which fans kept Star Wars alive. Do I think fans can get a bit possessive about such things? Absolutely. But I can also understand why.

Here is my review of “The Force Awakens,” which I have seen a few times since. My thoughts on it are pretty much the same — it is exactly the movie the majority of Star Wars fans wanted to see.

Rogue_One,_A_Star_Wars_Story_posterTo be completely honest, the hunk of Star Wars media that made me pump my fist unabashedly was the trailer for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

From the jackets (Star Wars jackets are just the best sci-fi jackets) to Felicity Jones heading up a genuinely diverse cast to the awesomeness of the emergency klaxon, the trailer for this thing is note-perfect.

(And yes, this will be updated after  the new “Rogue One” trailer drops Thurday during the Olympics.)




Author: Joe Gross

Joe Gross has covered books, movies, music and culture for the American-Statesman since 2002. He tweets at @joegross.

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