by Patrick Cossel
I left work yesterday with childlike exuberance. I rarely get this excited, but I was pretty stoked about seeing this film. After all, it’s been a long time coming.
The first Star Wars film I saw in the theater was Empire Strikes Back. I was living in New Jersey at the time. When we moved to Alaska, I was able to see Return of the Jedi. When the Director’s Cut of the A New Hope came out, I went and saw it, too. I also saw the first three episodes but who is counting.
What made the first two, even more special, (though I didn’t realize it at the time) was I got to watch them with my parents. I mean, I was four and eight, not like I am going to those by myself. Still, despite my young age, I remember.
Now, as we line up at the theater concession stand, it dawns on me – I am taking my kids to see Star Wars. Yep, we have come full circle.
Spoiler Alert! No spoilers will be revealed in this little write-up. Nope, go see it for yourself.
As the lights dimmed in the theater, and all the trailers finished I felt a twinge of excitement. It’s like I was that little kid back in Jersey seeing my first ever Star Wars film all over again.
(Seriously, the trailers were like Nerd heaven! There was Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek: Beyond, and Independence Day!)
See, my parents told my brother and I we were going to see Snow White. It wasn’t until the opening credits that we realized what was going on. We both had a rush of excitement as soon as that classic John Williams theme blasted through the house speakers. Guess what, I felt it again last night. Seriously, I was grinning like my four-year-old self all over again as soon as the fanfare began.
The theater erupted into cheers and applause! Everyone, old and young, was thrilled! And it happened again and again, every time a hero from Star Wars past showed up the first time on the screen. Such excitement from everyone!
The movie itself was absolutely fantastic. If you have fears that it’s going to be like Episodes 1,2, and 3, you can cast your fears aside. This movie is awesome. My only regret, I didn’t see it in 3D.
Run, don’t walk, to the theater and see this movie. Seriously, except for one part, you won’t regret it.
Before I wrap this up I want to say something about J.J. Abrams. Mr. Abrams has been trusted with, what I consider, two of the most important franchises in Science Fiction history (Star Trek and Star Wars). As far as I am concerned, he has done a masterful job. Thank you, Mr. Abrams!
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