I’m thinking that I might go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend, so that I can enjoy the film without having to dodge too much spoiler-type information. As more and more people see it, and talk about it, it’s going to be almost impossible to avoid hearing about the plot twists and surprises and cool special effects. So why not see it before that happens?
I’m hoping that watching the movie might recreate the excitement I felt when I saw the original Star Wars (when it was just called Star Wars, before A New Hope was added to the title as sequels were made) as a college student back in the ’70s, and was stunned by the opening scene — and then everything else that followed. That opening scene in particular made a huge impression on me. It remains an indelible memory, and I wrote about it one of my earliest blog posts.
Holding The Force Awakens to that same once-in-a-lifetime standard of surprise and delight probably is unfair, but nevertheless I’m hoping, almost 40 years later, to recapture even just a tiny bit of that astonished and excited feeling that I had as a 20-year-old.