Saturday, December 19, 2015

Before & After- A Spoiler Free Look At Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I am writing this just a few hours before I go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Like millions of geeks around the world, I am very excited. You might think oh, he's just another Star Wars fan who grew up with it and played with all the toys. Well, you would be wrong. Despite being thirty seven years old, I did not grow up with the movies. As a kid I didn't own a single Star Wars action figure. You might be asking yourself, how is this possible. Well, I don't really have the answers to that except me and my friends were just more interested in riding our bikes and watching the movie RAD then watching battles in space.

Of course I knew about Star Wars, knew the characters, and knew most of the storyline but never saw the three movies until I was a teenager which was early to mid nineties. I know this is shocking news so I will let all of this sink in.

Okay, so back on track. I am a huge nerd and Star Wars is a great representation of what nerd culture represents. That is one of the reasons I love the Star Wars franchise. I saw all three prequels in the theater and while I don't hate them, I don't exactly love them either. My main problem with the prequels is that we already knew what was going to happen. There was no suspense, no surprise, and the acting was on level with the first three movies which is not a good thing.

So when the news was announced about the new Star Wars movie, I for one was excited. For the most part I like J.J. Abrams and what he has done. It's also cool that some of the original cast is back or most of them by the looks of it. And there is also a sense of wonder as to what exactly is going to happen. Who are these new characters, are they related to people we know in the universe? What are the roles of the original cast, are they major players or just cameos. Where's Luke? See, so many questions!

I have had my tickets since they first went on sale about three weeks ago and am going to the 1:40 am showing. Don't worry about me falling asleep, since I work on night shift now this is really like three o clock in the afternoon. I will be seeing this in IMAX 3D. Okay, so our theater isn't a true IMAX, its kind of like IMAX lite but its a big friggin screen. I have to get ready to head into the big city so stay with me to see my spoiler free thoughts on the movie and my movie experience, which is sometimes just as important.

I am now a few hours from just seeing The Force Awakens. My ticket was for 1:40 am late Thursday/early Friday. I didn't rush to get to the theater because when I purchased my ticket from Fandango and it allowed me to choose my seat as reserve seating is apparently a thing now for theaters which, by the way, I am a big fan of. So upon arriving I was about twenty five minutes early but a massive line had already formed for the theater but what did I care, I had a reserve seat. I went to the concession and bought a over priced pretzel along with a equally over price soda, both of which I shouldn't have had but this was a special occasion after all.

The line went rather slow but this was because they purposely did it so that the theater did not become over flooded at one time so I was appreciative of that. I got to my seat, which was a perfectly picked aisle seat so I don't feel like a pack of sardines. Funny thing is, this theater was not sold out. Now this was at 1:40 am so it wasn't that shocking. The best part was the fact that the seat next to me was empty for the entirety of the movie. This was also one of the best movie watching experiences in a theater that I have ever had. I mean there was not a peep during the movie of people talking through it. What did happen were things I was completely okay with such as onscreen appearances of some of our favorite characters. No phones came on in any way which isn't the case on a normal trip to the movies for me. This movie was different and so was the audience. We were all there to watch a movie. I know sounds crazy right?

So as far as the actually movie goes, let's start with the 3D. I am so glad I saw it in 3D, I know most people hate it but I do enjoy it if the movie warrants it. The thing about 3D is its not the old school way where things pop out right in front of your face. 3D for me just gives the movie a depth and massive feeling of what the Star Wars universe deserves. Everything else about this movie, the sound and picture is just perfectly done.

I will say this about the movie. If you liked the trailer, then there is no doubt that you will love or at least enjoy the movie just as much. And this is one of the first trailers in a long time that for me, does not ruin or spoil anything from the movie. Every scene that I thought I knew what was going on, I was pretty much wrong.

The new characters are great, the original characters are great and the story pretty much follows A New Hope. Which is a good thing. The movie has you guessing on a ton of things and does so until the end. The acting is spot on and is the true reason everyone should be happy that Lucas is not directing these things anymore. Finn and Rey are terrific characters and are fun to watch and have an incredible on screen chemistry. Kylo Ren is equally great and that's all I will say about that character. I have just a couple of complaints which is not enough to ruin the joy I felt while watching it.

Well, I can't talk about this movie anymore without ruining it so just go see it already.


R.T. Ewell (but you can call me Richard if you see me in public) is a nerd and self published author. While also being Needless Thing's resident Lego fanatic & reviewer. His first novella Fat Trapped was released in 2013 introducing the horror world to The Blankenship Family. Some random likes of his are the Batman villain Bane, Jeff Smith's cartoon epic Bone, and the 80's BMX movie RAD.

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