And as far as the specific changes that were included in the rereleases of the original trilogy a few years ago: As a fan, it’s neat to note the differences and relish the memories of the original. For newcomers, they would never pick up on the modifications.
Most importantly, ‘The Phantom Menace’ should be welcomed because it will likely entrance a whole new generatio n of youngsters, introducing them for the first time to the Star Wars universe. With Anakin Skywalker being only a boy, the movie holds a special place for children and first-time fans. It’s certainly not a perfect story, but at least it’s rightfully told from the perspective of a young child. The cheesy lines of dialogue are forgotten by the younger audience members who are mainly drawn to the lightsaber battles and pod race.
For too long the Star Wars franchise has been hijacked by ultra-fans like myself. It’s almost as if we stumbled upon this great secret and won’t let any other generation enjoy it on their own terms. I, for one, am willing to share the gift of Star Wars, and if that means more 3D and a few changes along the way, then so be it. Yes, I would prefer to watch the originals in their original format on the big screen, but I will always say “yes” to these limited theatrical runs. The franchise deserves to live and breathe for old fans and new fans alike. This will undoubtedly mean more money in the pockets of Lucas and the studios, but it’s not like they’re holding a shotgun to our head.
It’s probably time for everyone to take a deep breath, smell some of that desert Tatooine air, and try to appreciate that the vat of carbonite is half full, not half empty.