It’s been almost two weeks since The Force Awakens premiered, so I’m lifting my self-imposed ban on posting.
Here’s your one-and-only SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Lando’s ‘Stache is now open for all things Episode VII.
I’ve seen it twice so far, once in 3D on the 17th and once in 2D a few days later. I was surprised at how critical I was the first time I watched it, but I still thought it was better than any of the prequels. The second time I saw it was with my nephew (also his second time) and I enjoyed it for what it was: a modern reboot of our childhood.
As I wrote in October, I was hoping J.J. Abrams wouldn’t re-hash too much of the originals, but that’s exactly what he did. From the moment Poe Dameron gives BB-8 the map to the Starkiller being blown up, it’s Star Wars all over again, which probably explains my bit of disappointment after my first viewing.
Still, J.J. did his job. He made a Star Wars movie. Sure, it was basically Episode IV re-mixed, but I’ve ranked it right up there with the original trilogy. I’ll always consider Empire the best followed by the original Star Wars, but I think a case can be made for Return of the Jedi or The Force Awakens as the third-best movie. I’ll even listen to those who believe Revenge of the Sith should be ranked there.
My main problem with Episode VII was that I LOVED the new characters so much and we didn’t get nearly enough of them. Finn and Rey were outstanding and something tells me that Poe will be even better as the series goes on.
I’ll write more in the days to come. I have mixed feelings about The Force Awakens, but let me be clear: it’s a fun Star Wars movie that I enjoyed and even with its faults, the franchise is in good hands. Star Wars mania is back in the mainstream and that’s good thing. It sure beats living in a world where the bitter taste of the prequels was our last memory of Star Wars.
I’ve always wanted to take a picture in front of one of those backdrops made to look like a Star Wars action figure box. Last night I did, as I sported my Mace Windu haircut, Lando Calrissian mustache, and Chewbacca hoodie.
By the way, I’m still not posting anything about Star Wars: The Force Awakens until after Christmas. And, yes, I have a very patient wife, who’s had to listen to me go on about …
It’s almost 5pm Southern California time. My wife and I are going to grab a quick bite to eat, then it’s off to the movie theater for Episode VII.
We were joking earlier about how there’s no way this is going to live up to the hype, sorta like how the Super Bowl is never actually that great of a game (although to be fair, there are just too many commercials and an extra-long halftime that messes with the game’s rhythm).
As long as it’s better than the prequels, though, I’ll be satisfied.
And to be totally honest: good or bad, I’ll be watching it multiple times in the theater.
Reminder: I won’t be posting any spoilers and I won’t be talking about The Force Awakens until after Christmas. I’ll probably just post some photos and random stuff over the next week or so.
Also, one final plea to all of us watching the film over the next few days: Don’t be a Homer.
When Episode III was released in May of 2005, I wasn’t fired up like I am now. I was a younger man then, with plenty of other things to preoccupy my time. A few of my friends were going to the midnight premiere, but I was nowhere near a movie theater that day.
I was down in Hollywood to watch a free Audioslave concert, as part of their appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Hollywood Boulevard was shut down and thousands of fans filled the street. It was a great show, despite the fact that singer Chris Cornell was battling some throat issues that night.
They played songs from the first two Audioslave albums with one of them being used for the show’s broadcast. The highlights by far, though, were when they did Soundgarden’s “Spoonman” and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.”
The second they launched into that Rage song was basically the end of the show. Apparently the crowd got a bit too rowdy for the LAPD’s taste.
I ended up seeing Episode III a few days later. Despite that ridiculous nooooooooooooooo, I liked Revenge of the Sith far more than Episodes I and II. After doing Machete Order recently, it still stands as the best of the prequels.
Forward to 2015: ten years later and “fired up” doesn’t describe how I feel about Episode VII. It’s like I’ve been saving up all of my Star Wars geekiness from the past decade just for The Force Awakens.
I certainly won’t be going to any free concerts tomorrow.
Just to bring our expectations back down to earth, let’s remember this: fans once paid full-price admission just to watch the Episode I trailer, promptly leaving before the movie started. Everybody was PUMPED to see The Phantom Menace.