Suite here, back and finally better than ever! After a miserable day recovering from the holiday festivities (see Winter Solstice), I have fully recovered and went on a hostel outing to the most anticipated event since I saw Star Wars Episode I. Yes, that’s right; five days after it was released in theaters I finally, along with hostel guests and staff, got to see Star Wars Episode XII- The Force Awakens. I was transformed back to the little boy who waited outside the theater at 4AM with my blue light saber to see Episode 1, before going to school.
The experience itself was awesome, and nothing can take away from that. All our suite hostel friends came out, a couple guests. We met at the mall and got food before going in. Of course we snuck in candy; it is not a movie experience without sneaking in your own feast. We got to listen to some pretty funny Hungarian preview dubs, you ever listen to Samuel L. Jackson speak Hungarian? It is just downright funny. I didn’t feel too bad about laughing out loud as soon as he spoke. We also got to read some Hungarian subtitles; sadly, it didn’t really help improve my Hungarian. Most importantly thought we just got to enjoy a nice evening at the theater. It might not have been home, but it was nice to do something similar. I was a little worried we wouldn’t get tickets, but that worked out too! The best part is the seats in this movie theater were premium class. They had nice cushions, not fold down ones, and had comfortable arm rests and a nice back. It was a great night to cap off an amazing year.
I have been waiting for this movie for three years, and unlike my friends, I have been excited. Why? Well, first off, it wasn’t going to be any worse than the prequel trilogy. That just wasn’t going to happen. So in reality it had nowhere to go but up, and with J.J. Abrams directing it, I was excited. I am by no means a Star Track fan, but I loved the new movies Abrams did. Finally, the possibilities were endless. Unlike the prequels we had no idea where the story could go. It could go anywhere, and I had no idea what to expect. I loved it! A brand new Star Wars with no perceived ideas or stories to follow! My best friend from CT absolutely hated the idea (and he still hasn’t seen it), because he’s a huge extended universe fan. When he heard they weren’t following the books his heart was out of it. I feel bad for him, and where part of me wishes Han and Lea…well more on that later. Hopefully he will come around and at least be able to enjoy the movie for what it is.
What is it? Good question, I am still trying to decide. It has been almost 24 hours since I have seen it and I can’t still decide. It will be one of the few movies I will have to see again before I can give an honest answer. The good news is it went pretty much like I expected. As I mentioned in a previous post, expectations usually lead to failure (or at least a let down), so in that respect I am relatively pleased. I expected it to be better than the second three, probably not as good as the first three, completely new from my preconceived notions, and have the potential to be another great trilogy. I was pretty spot on, and it is always nice to not be let down. Especially with something that is so near and dear to my heart. If the movie was a complete bust, I don’t know what I would have done. I would have been devastated, with possibly the whole allure/intrigue of Star Wars leaving me for good. Thankfully I don’t have to worry. I knew Abrams would do a good job, and he did. I am looking forward to the next movie, Star Wars still has me wanting more!
Now as far as the actual movie went (with as little spoilers as possible), here are my initial thoughts:
1)- the cinematography is really beautiful. I was a little worried they would try be like the prequel trilogy, going over the top with CGI and whatever other crap they add. But they didn’t. The star fighter scenes were absolutely stunning. A tip of the cap, but to be expected, from J.J.Abrams
2)- The dialog is well…I wish it was more of a rated PG-13/R movie to say the least. This is something to be more expected from Lucas, but then again, it is a Disney film. They had to have some lines in there. Where I thought some of it was excessively cheesy or trying to through in some jokes to the original series, it is what it is…it could have been worse, much worse.
3)- My best friend was right. Where I am not the complete nut he is in terms of the Star Wars Extended Universe, I did read quite a few books and I do have some back ground knowledge of what happened. Some of it was quite cool, and it is weird for some parts of it to not be included. I guess I thought they would use more of the characters from the books and just switch up some of their adventures. The Force Awakens; however, uses some similar character concepts, but overall actually doesn’t use the characters from the books. And for this I was a bit sad. I kept expecting Han and Lea’s…
4)- The movie itself was unpredictable. WHICH I GENERALLY LOVE IN MOVIES! However, in this one, the movie actually went in a completely different direction than I was expecting. This is why I need to watch it again, and without subtitles. I need to get the full effect of the move. Hopefully the second time I will be able to appreciate it more. Again, I usually like not being able to see where a movie is going; but this one took more of a New Hope turn. I was wanting something completely different; which is how it started off, and had ample opportunity to continue.
5)- The ending was good. It leaves you wanting more. It leaves you nostalgic. It leaves you with questions. And it leaves you thinking that the next movie can be potentially great! For this I am most excited. I guess we’ll just have to wait another three years.
Overall it was just a good hostel outing. I enjoyed some good friends, candy!!, and a good movie. More importantly it took me back to my childhood, where I was running through the woods in my backyard with a light saber fighting off evil sith lords. I was reminded of a fact that I forgot a long ago…that I will forever be a Jedi Knight,