Alex is very sensitive when it comes to movies. He has cried at almost every Disney G rated movie, as well as any other movie that has bad guys in it. Jon's and my theory is the scary music is more upsetting to him than the actual scene. Our theory was confirmed a few months ago when Alex became obsessed with Spider-Man, despite us never mentioning Spider-Man at home. He loves the idea of good guys versus bad guys. If we watch sports, we tell him which ones are the good guys (Blackhawks) and which ones are the bad evil terrible guys (Flyers) and he will shout and yell at the tv.
Tuesday night, swim team was a disaster. They were cranky from the shots and overtired from our weekend trip. We left early with two crying boys and needed something to turn the night around. Having read Erin's recent post on her son's fascination with Star Wars, I was inspired to see if the boys would like Star Wars.
Then came one of the nerdiest conversations of my relationship with Jon - which Star Wars movie to show them first? We don't own 1-3 for obvious reasons. Star Wars has a pretty scary opening, but starting with Empire means having to explain a lot of characters. And you certainly can't start with the Rancor (scary!) and Ewoks (although the boys would enjoy, we would not).
(Did you know I was in choir in middle school and we sang the Ewok song from the end of the Return of the Jedi?! So not only am I a HORRIBLE singer, I can sing the entire Ewok song. Oh snap!)
We chose Empire for the fight scene on Hoth, because we thought the boys would love seeing the At At fall down after it is wrapped with the tow cable.
But the nerds were correct. The boys LOVED it.
Alex loved it so much he woke up the next morning talking about the At At falling down. And explaining to us that Darth Vader is a bad guy when he has his helmet on but underneath there is a good guy (we didn't tell him this!). When he got home from school, he continued to tell me about it all in detail again.
So we watched the Hoth fight scene again and he cheered and shouted at the tv every time an At At got destroyed.
Now this is an obsession I can get behind. As long as it doesn't go too far.