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.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — but who cares? I mean, come on! We’re less than two weeks away from the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the geek world is in full Star Wars madness mode.
I’m not much for trying to figure things out before I go to see a much-anticipated movie, so I’m not going to actually read any spoiler reveals or try to guess what might happen to Han, Luke, Leia, and the new generation of Jedi warriors. I’d rather take my Star Wars pure and unadulterated by anything other than approved previews. So for now, I’ll count the days until the movie hits the theaters, check out safe stuff like the Spanish language poster printed above, and think: that movie looks like it is going to be pretty cool.