I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens at 2AM on Friday the 18th, apparently the morning of its release, but because I live under a rock, I didn’t know it was in theaters until my roomie offered me an extra ticket. I had heard rumors that a new Star Wars movie was about to be released, but hadn’t bothered to check the date. I feel guilty just saying that, like I’m betraying my nerd roots.
We promptly went to Target where I bought an old-school Star Wars T-shirt, and my roomie bought a Chewy onesie. I’ll admit I was pretty peeved that the men’s section had all the cool Star Wars gear. Officially, boys get all the cool stuff. Boys get Star Wars, The Avengers, Batman and Zelda. Girls? We get Bohemian elephant t-shirts. Boo!
That night, we downed espressos like whisky shots and went to the 2AM showing. Needless to say, the theater was packed. If you can imagine 100+ teenage boys all sitting in unwashed pajamas, sweating and mouth-breathing for hours, that’s how it smelled. Worth it!
Despite the stinky theater and Target’s blatantly one-sided T-shirt campaign, I saw The Force Awakens. When it was over, I wanted to see it again. I fell in love with Star Wars all over again.
Thank you J. J. Abrams for making a Star Wars movie that recaptured my love for the series. Without giving too much away, the main character was a strong female who, unlike Jessica Jones or Xena or that blond chick from Hero, never shoved the “strong female warrior” persona down our throats. The rest of the cast played well off one another, with a lot of fresh faces adding newness to the screen. The world felt more expansive, with a refreshing dose of Abrams-esque realism. All in all, I give Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5 stars for awesomeness.
I notice in The Force Awakens that they used a lot of puppets and props for the aliens instead of CG. They really tried to capture the magic of episodes 4-6. Anyway, it made me nostalgic for the days of The Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth. I really hope they remake those films someday, too.