My nephew has a three-bladed toy lightsaber, the one used by Star Wars’ latest villain, the petulant emo Kylo Ren.
Push a button and it makes some pretty cool ‘whom whom’ sounds. I managed to hit myself in the head with it while checking out the sound, but rather than share any photographic evidence of my own stupidity I thought I’d post this picture instead.
It’s the fascia of the old State Theatre in Napier, New Zealand. This is where I saw the very first Star Wars movie back in 1977. It was a marvellous piece of Spanish Mission architecture – capturing the magic of Hollywood in every sense when it was built in the 1930s. Today the cinema is long gone. Even the building has been taken down, judged an earthquake risk. But the facade survives.
I have no idea why it was painted apricot. The original building was always white. But against the Hawke’s Bay sun, with a polarising filter, it still looks pretty cool.
Anybody care to speculate on the chances of Disney bringing an apricot lightsaber into the next movie? (Nil, in my opinion). Or where the story might go? Based on the plot of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, my take for the next couple of movies is:
- In the next movie, the First Order will strike back. Meanwhile, Rey discovers Ren is her father and Finn is her long-lost twin brother.
- In the movie after that, the Jedi will obtain their revenge, Ren will redeem himself by killing Snoke, and they’ll all live happily ever after.
But I may be completely off-beam here…
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