Yes, this is about Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Yes, it’s a little late to be posting about it.
No, I didn’t include any (major) plot spoilers, but if you haven’t seen it I’d suggest you wait to read this until afterwards.
Going to watch a new movie at the theater is a cool experience, especially with a group of friends. I’ve been to The Avengers and How To Train Your Dragon 2, so I’m an old pro at movie-theater-going. (yeah right) When I went to see the seventh Star Wars movie at the theater, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away or anything, but as it is a Star Wars movie, it had to be worthy of the name. So, expectations all out of the way, I sat down in my seat. My sisters and I were decked out in SW gear; Zoe, Rhyan, and Carrie were all wearing Star Wars t-shirts and I was wearing my Star Wars sweater and Darth Vader socks. (Thank you, Target and Five Below!) We watched some awesome previews, (Fifth Wave, X-Men Apocalypse, Kung-Fu Panda 3, and Independence Day 2) and waited for the feature presentation. I was born
a little too late to see the original movies in the theaters, so I had no idea what seeing this one would feel like. I had bemoaned the fact that Disney was in charge of this new installment, but hoped that nothing would change for the worse.
But as soon as the dunn, DUNN, dun dun dun DUNNN, dun, dun dun dun DUNN dun, dun dun dun dunnnnn (fanfare) sounded, and the bright yellow words scrolled through, I was exhilarated. It was basically the coolest feeling ever. This was no mere movie, it was the next installment of a legend. During that movie, time itself froze. I couldn’t think about anything but what was playing on the screen. I didn’t want to miss a moment. This movie played on my emotions, on nostalgia, and on my curiosity. It wasn’t just the next Star Wars movie, it was the bridge between the old and the new, the puppetry era and HD. It told you what happened to the old, beloved characters, and introduced you to the new. Fortunately for the plotters, theoretical thinkers, and hard-core fans alike, they gave us little-to-no details on ANYBODY! All we know is that ***’s parents left her on **** when she was younger. But who are her parents? Who are ****’s family? Could he be a relative of **** *****?? And could *** **** really be dead? What happened to **** ***? Will **** ********* take the ********** from *** or will he train her instead? AHHH! Like the originals, this movie doesn’t give you answers readily. Only after you’ve spent many sleepless nights agonizing over the possibilities and theoretical nature of science fiction will they release the next movie. 🙂
There’s more to movies than thousands of pictures moving past your eyes faster than you can imagine, there’s the emotional attachment you create and the thoughts they make you think. There’s the whole theater gasping as *** **** dies, them cheering as an old character is revealed. This movie shocked me, grieved me, made me laugh, made me gasp. It picked me up and slammed me down. I rejoiced with the characters in their triumphs and my heart broke for their losses and the sacrifices that were made in the name of love and duty. It was funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and touching. It was raw, honest, and unabashedly Star Wars. They struggled against themselves to save the universe and the ones they love, and had to face their fears to save the day. This was not the film I was looking for. It was more.