Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Runtime: 2 hrs. 1 min.
MPAA Rating: PG




So, there’s a certain little movie releasing later this week, and in preparation for it, I thought that showing my five-year-old son Hayden some of the classics would be a good idea. Initially intended as a machete order viewing, a lack of time between coming home from school and bed time means that I’m reducing this to a straight viewing of the three best Star Wars movies: IV, V, and VI. This will get Hayden up to speed on the most important info heading into Friday, when we go to see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Where this went from a straight viewing of the films into a series of guest reviews, was when Hayden decided to draw pictures of the scenes that made the biggest impression on him, both positive and negative. Without further ado, please click through to read my first ever Guest Review here on Reviews by Steve!

Hayden has a few visual cues he likes to use as a sort of critical shorthand. They are:

Thumbs Up
Thumbs Up – or it could be “Toothbrush”





Thumb Sideways
Thumbs Sideways – although I thought it was the Millennium Falcon at first





Thumbs Down
Thumbs Down – or perhaps a Moai with some of its secrets revealed





Happy Face
Happy Face – this is used to indicate something Hayden likes, or a happy character, or a good guy





Sad Face
Sad Face – Bad guys, unhappy characters, things Hayden doesn’t like





That done, let’s get to his review!

Hayden, being five, has something of a short attention span. He likes action, and he likes cartoons. Live action films are still a fairly new genre to him, so I was hoping he’d take well to one of his dad’s favorite films. Here he is watching Star Wars:

 Why the sad face?

Why the sad face?


Apparently, Hayden’s overall experience of watching A New Hope was not all I’d hoped it would be. A bit too much exposition, perhaps? Or maybe it was because I showed him the Special Edition rather than the original, with all of it’s not-quite-ready-for-primetime CG.

That said, there were some scenes that he enjoyed. Here’s his rendition of the lightsaber duel between Darth Vader (his favorite character so far) and Obi-Wan Kenobi:

Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can imagine

Strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can imagine


Obi-Wan, despite impending death, has a huge happy face; Darth, not so much – Hayden was able to sense his character’s pain and sense of inadequacy as an incomplete and deadbeat dad right through that mask. The big thumbs up for this scene!

Other scenes that I expected he’d get right into, such as the Death Star battle, he didn’t find as compelling as I did. Here’s his take on the space battles:

Lock X foils in attack position

Lock S Foils in attack position


We have a Sideways Thumb here, but the smiling X-Wing pilot balances it out – I think he enjoyed the battle quite a bit, but was getting sleepy at the end of almost two hours of viewing, and going half an hour past bedtime.

Hayden’s Rating:

Thumb Sideways with a Sad Face

Thumb Sideways





Sad Face





Although he enjoyed parts of the movie (especially the lightsabers!), tiredness and a late night combined to make this less than the complete Star Wars experience I was hoping for him.

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