My wife (Kat) and I love to watch movies together, and 9 times out of 10 we can agree on what to watch. Every now and then we come across something that one of us just aren’t interested in. For me it was p.s. I love you. For her it was the star wars trilogy episodes 4-6. But after watching the entire sex and the city series with her on DVD, she agreed to give at least one of the movies a try. So after borrowing the trilogy from one of her friends, we sat down and watched episode 4. Or IV for my fellow nerds out there.
Once we got to the cantina scene, I could see Kat was still a bit unsure of what she had agreed to watch. In all fairness, even I think the cantina scene is pretty goofy, at least until Han goes gangsta on the bounty hunter. As the movie progressed, I noticed she was asking me questions, getting into the storyline, and becoming more interested. I felt like it was beginning to happen, the bug had bit her, but how deep?
By the time we reached the scene where Vader and Obi Wan confront each other, Kat was gripping my hand, shifting in her seat. I had done it, the force was strong in this one. It was almost official that i had turned my wife into a star wars fan. She really surprised me after the film by asking “When do you want to watch the next one?” Now it was official. I had actually expected her to like the movie, but I never thought she’d be that eager to watch the next one. I thought that I had unknowingly put a Jedi mind trick on her. But it was genuine, she liked it, she really liked it.
We still haven’t watched the second movie because we’ve been rather busy, but it won’t be long before we get to share the introduction of my main muppet, Yoda, and the traitor of all traitors, Lando. 3 years ago I managed to replay LOTR so many times that even mentioning the word shire would give Kat nightmares. But now, introducing her to star wars in small doses had gone quite well.
So I guess my message to all the guys out there is this. Just because we can watch our favorite movie once a month until the end of time and never get tired of it, doesn’t mean she can. And for every movie we watch that stars Sarah Jessica Parker, we are that much closer to getting her to watch a movie starring a 20 foot slug space gangster. And be sure to rub her feet during the movie, it always helps your cause.
To Kat: “Thanks for introducing me to many movies I never would have watched on my own, and thanks for letting me do the same for you.”