Monday, April 18, 2016

O is for …Obi-Wan Kenobi

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I first "met" Obi-Wan Kenobi when I was six years old. I was sitting in the dark with my parents, watching Star Wars, and having my world rocked.

Obi-Wan wasn't my favorite character then. At age six, I think I liked C-3PO and Princess Leia the
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best. But I liked him. With all those crazy kids running around, it was good that there was a grown-up on the scene: someone who knew what he was doing and could help keep the rest of them alive while they figured it out.

Of course, I had no idea who Alec Guinness was. He wasn't big with the playground set before Star Wars. But that didn't mean I didn't understand presence. As Obi-Wan, he seemed weary and sad, like my Grandpa when you asked him about the war. He also seemed like there a lightness to him beneath. Like he used to be fun.

Gravitas. That's what it was. In a world full of pew-pew and "it's so crazy it might just work!", Guinness as Obi-Wan had dignity. Thanks goodness there was Obi-Wan. He really was our only hope.

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6 comments:

  1. I wasn't that into Obi Wan Kenobi as an eleven year old either. When I rewatched the movies as an adult, I was struck by his quiet optimism in the face of such terrible odds. His sense of sacrifice was impressive too.

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  2. I have to agree, as a kid, he wasn't my favorite, but now, as an adult, I appreciate his role much more.

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  3. I was an adult when I met Obi Wan Kenobi so, of course, I loved him but I was already in love with Alec Guinness.

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  4. I think he has to be my favourite character in the film. But that might have something to do with the fact that he was the best actor!

    Rosa
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  5. I can't remember the first time I saw Star Wars, but it always makes me sad when he dies in the first film.

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  6. I had Obi-Wan as my fictional phantom for O :) He's awesome!
    Tasha
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