Laugh It Up, Fuzzball
For the past three months or so, all I have heard from my son's mouth are two words: "May 19th." I have come to think that those words have multiple meanings. I think I have even heard him mutter those words in his sleep. You see my son loves Star Wars
. In fact, he has never seen any of the Star Wars
movies in the theaters before because he is only 5 (he’ll be 6 in June). Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
would have been his first and only chance to witness the joy of it all on the big screen.
Then George Lucas ruined that dream for my son. You see, he decided that Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
was not kid friendly
, and rated it PG-13. Now, I have taken my kids to plenty of PG-13 movies before, so the rating doesn’t scare me away. What scares me away is the fact that George Lucas keeps saying that this movie is not appropriate for children.
If it really isn’t appropriate for children, then I really wish that he would stop marketing it to the people it isn’t appropriate for. You can’t go into Wal-Mart (or any store for that matter) and not find Star Wars
toys, Star Wars
children’s clothing, free light saber spoons in your kid’s favorite breakfast cereals
, and to top it all off commercials for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
during your children’s favorite cartoons. If the movie isn’t for children, then why on earth is he marketing it for children.
This morning the kids were watching the cartoon One Piece
. We were sitting and watching it with them. A block of commercials came on. The first commercial was for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
cartoon that was airing in a little bit. It showed the turtles fighting bad guys, jumping around, and having a jolly good time. The next commercial was for Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
. It was almost identical in style to the previous commercial. It showed only scenes from the movies that involved light sabers and jumping around with light sabers. And while all this was happening there was voice over by a nice, middle-aged man who spoke in a very calming, pleasant voice. After the preview went off the boys were talking about how they couldn’t wait until May 19th. We decided we needed to talk to them about the possibility about them not being able to see it at all. We turned the TV off.
We told them that they might not be able to see the new Star Wars movie because the director is saying it’s too scary for kids. My stepson immediately said that the preview he had just seen didn’t look scary at all. We explained that the preview he had just seen was probably made just for kids. And that it was just thirty seconds of a movie that will be well over two hours. The boys were upset. They really want to see Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
. And I want them to be able to.
But I have a personal dilemma. If I don’t take them, then I feel like a bad parent for making them miss out on one of the biggest events in cinematic history. However, if we take them, and it’s too scary then we’ll feel like bad parents for taking them. We are going to try and research as much as possible before we make the final decision as to whether the kids go or not. I am just mad at George Lucas for making me have to go through this dilemma. I understand that the story is too scary for kids. Then make the movie you want, and stop selling it to kids. Stop making toys, and children’s clothing. Or you suck it up and cut it to make it PG. I know that idea sucks, but that way he’d not break the hearts of kids everywhere who are sitting at home playing with their toy of some character from the movie that they want to see, but can’t Instead, they are stuck at home with Vicky
. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.