When Sam Blakeman's son wanted to watch something with "a Darth Vaders, Storm Woopers and a people," Blakeman knew just the thing. He cued up that shining classic so many of us know and love -- "Star Wars: A New Hope" (that's the first one, released back in 1977) -- and then got busy making his own little movie of his son's reaction to the rolling opening credits, chill-inspiring score and the first battlelicious scene.
Little James' reaction at first seems a little too frenetic, perhaps a wee bit overacted as he's egged on a bit by his dad. But then -- oh then -- the lasers start flying and you can watch his expression resolve into one of pure awe at the amazingness unfolding on the screen before him.
Blakeman told me that his son was inspired to ask for the movie because the 3-year old has a T-shirt featuring Yoda, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and a Stormtrooper on it and he spends a lot of time asking his dad about the characters. Though Blakeman says James had seen a few YouTube clips of the movie along with snippets from the time his sister had seen it, this was the first time he witnessed the full-on unfolding of the film from the title sequence on.
"He settled into the movie after the initial excitement," Blakeman told me, "but after about 30 minutes it was time for bed. I'm not sure if he would manage the full movie just yet, but I think he is hooked, so it's only a matter of time."
In other words, the Force has awoken in yet another "Star Wars" devotee. Rock on, little Jedi.