Due to the surge and servers blowing up, etc... when the pre-sale began, I didn't buy tickets for opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
. I was also deeply skeptical of another stab at the movies by a director for whom I have no particular affinity, and who has been involved with some things I thought were downright bad. In October I wrote a bit about trying to remain optimistic, but cautiously so
. After all, I'd already had not one but three bad experiences with Star Wars
, and this would mean the end of my interest in the franchise.
My original plan was to just wait for the reviews to roll in and then pull the trigger on buying tickets or (shudder) not buying them and waiting for the movie to eventually cross my path, but I was talked into buying tickets for my family. And, good luck finding a day or time before Christmas to get that whole crew in one place. So, we were headed to see the movie on December 27th.
Then the reviews came out, and they averaged toward very, very good Not that I read any (I still haven't), but a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score is usually a good indicator of something. Then word of mouth from trusted sources came back, all spoiler-free, and I was a bit sad I wouldn't see the movie for many days yet. Then my former boss, who has a 7 year-old son who thinks he's Anakin Skywalker, started texting me, assuming I'd seen the movie, and I realized: I am going to get this movie ruined for me by accident. If not the internet (which has done a remarkable job of keeping it's mouth shut. Which... when has that ever happened?), then someone at the comic shop or at work on Monday was going to blow it.
So, I bought two tickets for 8:00 AM today, the only two remaining seats, I think. And after getting up at 6:30 AM and arriving at the theater at 7:30, we sat in our front row seats and waited for the scroll.
I am happy to say, I actually very much enjoyed The Force Awakens
Before continuing - I am well aware of the Spoilers problem around this movie, so if you want to remain Spoiler-Free, best to just say "okay, Ryan was cool with it" and move on. Because we're just going to talk about the movie after this.