I remember the first movie coming out, because I was about 12 or 13 at the time. It was the coolest movie ever! There was no merchandise, no Happy Meal toys to rush out and collect-the action figures came out after the movie was a hit.
The reason Star Wars was so cool for me and my friends was that it was the first action movie for younger audiences that had a strong female character. Princess Leia is not a Disney Princess. True, the heroes rescued her from the Death Star, but she was willing to die for her principles. She withstood torture.
By the time Empire came out, when I was an older teen, I was still hooked on the movies. But that was when they started really pushing the merchandise to the little kids. I remember babysitting for a kid that had his whole room, from curtains to bedding, decorated with Star Wars stuff. I'll bet these days he's really regretting taking all those action figures and vehicles out of their original boxes, though.
I saw Jedi when I was in college, and I still loved it.
Lucas lost me with Jar Jar Binks, and then with Hayden Christianson's robotic performance as Annakin. There are good things in the newer movies, like Ewan McGregor's awesome imitation of Alec Guiness, Yoda as a warrior, and Palpatine as the deceptive bad guy with a good guy image. But there is no female character as tough or as cool as Leia. Her mother wasn't that tough-why did she die? Because she was sad? That is so lame.
Watch this 7 parter, its not only funny but informative. This guy said that when Lucas was pushed and forced to listen to others he mad a good movie. (Episode 4) when he had his own way the movies sucked ass.
Hamill can suck Obastards dick and drop fuckin dead