How to prepare yourself to see ‘The Force Awakens’

(I’m over at Long Awkward Pause today, still giddy with a Star Wars hangover…)

image Last night I was among those relative few who, either through luck or Jedi mind trick, got to see the premier of what is arguably the biggest release in movie history. And by “arguably” I mean we could argue about it, but you would be wrong. Should you continue to argue, I will have a Wookie pull your arms out of their sockets.

While I’m not going to give away any surprises (Chewbacca sees an electrologist on Tatooine!), let me put your fears to rest that J.J. Abrams has created a perfect blend of nostalgia and new adventure, tied together with engaging characters who, unlike the last trilogy, don’t appear to be rehearsing for an episode of “The Young and the Restless.”

In short: I will be seeing this movie again.


Likely several times. Or at least until someone notices I’ve been in the same theater for four straight days. Probably because of the smell. (More at Long Awkward Pause…)

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19 thoughts on “How to prepare yourself to see ‘The Force Awakens’”

  1. I have never seen Star Wars and I’m wondering whether the hype surrounding the new one is worth it.
    I’m curious though, would I have to watch the old films to understand the new one?

    1. It’s more than a movie, it’s a cultural experience. Definitely worth seeing, Tasneem. And no, you don’t necessarily have to have seen any of the others to follow along with the new one. I’d recommend it though, just because… πŸ˜‰

      1. Lol no it wasn’t in Japanese. We found it was a lot like return of the jedi and the villain was dumb. Can’t give too much detail, don’t want to spoil. Just was meh. And the villain reminded me of the idiot from Grandma’s Boy.

        1. Hahaha! I have to admit, it took a while for me to get into the bad guy, but having a teen son of my own, I found him to be particularly tragic once I imagined if he had been my own son.Or maybe it’s a father-son empathy thing. At any rate, I felt he was more multidimenional than any Star Wars villians since Vader.

  2. I was all excited to see this after the hype. Now I just dont know. Maybe it is the highest expectation from Eps 4-6…and the disappointment from 1-3. I like your review.

    1. I think the disappointment with 1-3 lowered the bar so much that as long as Jar-Jar was nowhere to be seen, StarWars VII was going to seem like a masterpiece. That being said, I really enjoyed the latest episode!

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