Confession: I am not a Star Wars superfan. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the original three movie installments which predated my period and mall bangs, but between the prequels (don’t even start) and now the sequel, it’s a lot. But, hey, that doesn’t mean I won’t watch it. Once. I am, however, a very big Joshua Jackson fan. Like Dawson’s Creek era of superfandom.
The Thing About Star Wars
When The Force Awakens came out last Christmas, my brother, who was visiting at the time accompanied my kids and me to the movie theatre. Truth be told, if you’re going to watch a Star Wars film, THAT is the way to do it. It was pretty amazing. The usual Han Solo-Chewie puns. Nostalgia. And popcorn.
My then-7-year old sat on the edge of his seat the entire time. The kid has basically lived and breathed Star Wars since about age 4. And, yes, that’s young. I don’t even know how it happened, except to say that with older siblings, sometimes things you wouldn’t have allowed with your firstborn or even your second, seem to become a little less daunting once the third (or more) kid come(s) along.
Seven Months Later
We find ourselves midway through the ‘August Long Weekend’ and, while I toil away in the home office, my husband, who hadn’t watched the movie the first time around, announces, “Who wants to watch Star Wars?” Because NETFLIX, you guys! Netflix has all the things! Since July 15th you can now stream this epic, action-packed flick from the comfort of your saggy basement couch. (Oh, wait, that’s just us.)
To the delight of three of the four kids, especially the now-8-year old, they got to stay up late to watch the excitement unfold once again. And afterwards, naturally, they proceeded to drag their feet and whine their way into bed. Awwww…so much fun.
My Kinda Fun
If whining kids on late nights after loud movies is your jam, then have at ‘er. If, however, this is not your bag, I’ve got something a little more your speed. Instead, why not bake up a batch of these super cute Wookie cookies? (I would, but I’m not big on coconut). Then you can curl up and ogle Joshua Jackson on your iPad whilst absentmindedly wiping cookie crumbs off you pyjamas. (In my case, it’s wine dribbling down my chin.) Solidarity, sister.
Oh, sure, I meant the cookies. But also, if you’re even more like me, you’ll indulge your Joshua Jackson Canadiana fantasies and watch One Week. Jackson (who is Canadian, by the way) plays a young man, Ben, who’s just received news of his terminal illness and leaves his perplexed fiancée behind, buys a Norton motorcycle and heads for the Pacific in what turns out to be a bit of a spiritual journey.
But mostly he’s just scruffy and intense and oh-so-Pacey Witter. Bonus: the film highlights some beautiful Canadian landscapes as we follow Ben’s personal journey from Toronto across western Canada.
Bottom line: I’m more likely to sit through One Week again before I sit through Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice.
If you liked One Week, you’ll like About Time, starring Rachel McAdams (another homegrown talent). When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) learns that the men in his family can travel in time and change their own lives, he decides to go back and win the woman of his dreams, Mary (McAdams). Definite chick flick material, so, husbands and boyfriends, be forewarned. Ladies, you bring the cookies, I’ll bring the wine.