2016 – Star Wars in Centrochía

Yesterday I went to Centrochía to watch Star Wars. It was good, because it was an event that would connect me back to 1977, when the first out of six films was released, that is  before our two sons were born, at the time that we did not have those many external and internal wars as we have today, and at the time when we loved discovering new planets and comets.

Star Wars

R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 (they were able to talk

and to understand each other!)

I loved the way how this film connected with the previous five, but, well being after 38 years, it was also important to see some of the main differences.

It was great to watch it in 3D, in order to feel the special effects of flying a TIE at the speed of light, walking in the desert, visiting planets and – if you are part of the Rebel Alliance -, making a team with Han Solo (gray haired Harrison Ford), Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and… Chewbacca, of course, in order to fight the dark forces of the Galactic Empire.

I found sad watching Han Solo being killed by his son,  and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) coming back to the film just at the end, after 37 years, when his character was released for the first time. But I have to say that it was great when – in a critical moment – Chewbacca complained to Han Solo about it  being cold. It would be great that at a critical moment in a strong conflict, we could say “It´s cold”, and that’s it!

After enjoying the film I agreed that yes, it “happened a long way ago”, but at the same time I was reflecting that the many fights between the Empire and the many rebel alliances existing today, have been going on in real life, all the time, during the last 40 years. At the beginning I was thinking about Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Palestine, Gaza…

When the first film was released we did not have paramilitary forces in Colombia, and the internal displacement of more than 5 million people had not started, and those were the times when ‘free’ trade agreements had not been enforced.

Those were the times when the word ‘terror’ did not command the political dynamics at the global level. It was only a few years later, when the drones started to combat and when characters like R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8 gained more importance in the military strategies.

I found interesting that though the fights presented in the film were important, the solution to find the place where Luke Skywalker was hiding was found by the three androids coming and ‘thinking’ together.

It was fun going back to Star Wars!