Non-spoiler tl;dr: I quite enjoyed it as the kind of thing I want with "Star Wars" in the title, with the caveat that it is by no means a standalone story and I have Opinions about how things should play out. I think if you have a general ambient-cultural-background knowledge of the original trilogy you'll be good (I haven't rewatched those in ages). And we're not taking SteelyKid because (a) she wouldn't do well with the reasons it's PG-13 and (b) she doesn't have even the general background knowledge, really, and thus would be completely lost. Star Wars is not the fandom of my heart (I was born in 1977, so timing works against me, there), but I'll watch the next one and maybe go rewatch this if I have time over the break.

Quick spoiler comments behind the cut; I haven't read anyone else's reactions (though I did accidentally spoil myself for one thing, which was too bad) because I have a million things to do tonight, but if you're not on my DW reading list (or my G+ circles), drop a link and I'll take a look.

SPOILERS )
Well, unexpected right this moment, anyway.

SteelyKid got a Lego Clone Wars book today—some of her friends at school/daycare like Star Wars, so she's been reading a random selection of kid-pitched Star Wars books, most of which are quite dreadful. Today's was both dreadful and incredibly long, and as I slogged through it, I found myself wondering when we should introduce her to the actual movies (and trying to remember the recommended viewing order that someone had mentioned a while ago). I'd just about decided that she was still kind of young for them, at 5 and 5/6 . . .

. . . when we got to the end of the book, when everyone is celebrating except Anakin and Palpatine—Anakin because he's pouty and upset that someone else is getting attention (that's text not subtext), and Palpatine because he is the worst at pretending to be Not Evil EVER. And Palpatine tells Anakin something like, I believe you'll be a great Jedi, and the book ends.

SteelyKid promptly asks me, "Why would a bad guy say something nice?"

And suddenly I realize that she is still unspoiled for Anakin's fate, rather to my surprise. I told her that Palpatine was probably trying to trick Anakin—at which point she started spinning a story about how the seats they were sitting on were trapped and Anakin's was going to flip over and he was going to fall down.

But now I feel a responsibility to have her experience that reveal properly—even though I still think she's probably kinda young for it (and the Pip is definitely, so that's at least three weekends of watching when he's taking a nap). And even taking out Episode I, I hate to actually voluntarily show her the prequels before she has more of a critical facility. Still . . .

ETA: now Chad tells me that he in fact told her today! She thought Anakin was Vader's son, and he corrected her. All this angst, could totally have been short-circuited if I'd waited for him to come downstairs from putting the Pip to bed before writing this. (But she obviously doesn't understand how, so it's probably still worth thinking about. (Not that the prequels really do any kind of decent job explaining, at least as I recall the third.))

Chad forwarded me this link to an abridged script for Revenge of the Sith, which saves me from bothering with my own very belated write-up of my impressions—it gets everything I was going to say except the discomfort of wearing a nightdress with pearl strands for straps.

Edit: I'd also meant to post this more serious discussion of the problems with the movie, which raises points I found interesting.

Before Chad posted about the problems with the new Star Wars movies, we talked about it over dinner and came up with a very silly idea (which I then forgot about until today, when the movie came out), to wit:

Chad: "—and the time scale is all wrong too, unless Luke is secretly a Dragaeran with a two-hundred-year adolesence."

Kate: " . . . I'm sorry, I think the idea of that crossover broke my brain."

From there, we determined in short order that if Luke (and Leia, and Anakin, etc.) are Dragaerans, then the Sith are Jenoine, Yoda is a Serioli, and the Ewoks—smaller and hairier than the Jedi—are Easterners. What's more, the movies are set as the Cycle turns to Teckla, since the Teckla have a Republic instead of an Empire!

I think we stopped before I tried to draw parallels between the conceptions of Anakin and Aliera, which is all for the best since they aren't actually that close and the idea really, really makes my head hurt.

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