My 5-year-old son is finally showing an interest in “Star Wars.” He’s been playing the Lego Star Wars game on Wii and is having a terribly hard time figuring out how the story line works from the video game. He’s been asking a lot of questions about the characters and their relationships. The plot is kind of hard to explain to a kid who has never seen any of the movies.
So I think it’s time to we show our son at least some of the “Star Wars” movies (The last one is pretty graphic and violent – I might hold off on that one), but in which order would you introduce them?
Would you start with “Star Wars” the first film released in 1977 but technically the fourth film in the series or would you start with “Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace”? (The fourth film released but the first in the series.)
My husband thinks it’s a no brainer as he vehemently explained to me the other morning.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt you start with No. 4 because everybody in the world saw 4 first. Because that’s the way the story should be told because Luke is the center of the story, not Anakin. You go back to find out how it happened.”
What do you think? In which order did you introduce the “Star Wars” series to your kids and why? Which order helps them understand the story? Is it important to suspend the knowledge of Darth Vader being Luke’s father? Are the newer movies too violent to show to young kids.