If there's one set of movies I've put off seeing for far too long it's definitely the Star Wars franchise. I mean, the franchise is essentially a staple of pretty much every boy's childhood, right?
Well not mine. It's not something I particularly regret. On one hand I guess I did always feel a bit left in the dark when playground conversation turned to serious matters like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. But on the other, and to be honest I'm not entirely sure whether this is a good thing, but a childhood without Star Wars allowed me to watch the movies today with an unbiased mind and without donning the rose-tinted goggles of nostalgia. I think an objective viewpoint is generally the best kind of viewpoint, and all too often nostalgia gets in the way of qualities I really value in cinema.
And I'm sorry Star Wars fans, I know what the series means to you, I just didn't enjoy it. A New Hope was pretty good (and that the only movie in the series the Times list explicitly stated I must watch), but it definitely went downhill in episodes V and IV.
Maybe part of it was the fact that the infamous plot twist in episode V had been spoiled for me (and just about everyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past 30 years) a hundred times over. I could literally quote that and a few other scenes word for word, and this mind you in a movie I had never seen before. I'm not joking.
I didn't watch the prequels, but considering Star Wars fans hate them, I doubt I'd get any enjoyment out of them. I might watch them one day, but I have no particular desire to do so at present.
* Yeah I know I'm a few movies behind on the whole review thing. I'll get around to them eventually.