I’m sure this title has been used a few times by others but whatever. On New Years Day I finally went to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with Deidre. Yes, this was my first time seeing a Star Wars. Yes, I made it through 33 years on this planet without visiting a galaxy far, far away. Why? My parents were never into those movies and I was a kid. It just wasn’t something on my radar. When Chris Pratt talks about “Jurassic Park” being his “Star Wars,” I get it because that’s how it was for me. But with everyone talking about the new movie, I felt like I was missing out on something and finally bought my ticket. I figured waiting a few weeks would help crowd wise but NOPE. It was still sold out, which honestly I liked. I think it added to my ~experience~. Before I go into my thoughts, I asked D to write something up since she was able to watch me during the movie.
On New Year’s Day, I had the honor of accompanying Barb to her FIRST EVER STAR WARS. EVER. I’m not sure how she made it this far in life without even seeing ONE Star Wars film, but she did. With the release of “The Force Awakens” and all of our mutal friends’ excitement, I was able to talk her into popping her Jedi cherry.
We did an early showing on New Year’s Day but even that was sold out. I was glad for a full theater because I think that adds to the experience. It was my third viewing of TFA and I was able to pay a little more attention to Barb’s reactions.
Guys, she loves BB-8. When BB-8 first came on screen, I swear to god, she made an actual cooing noise. Each subsequent appearance brought out little giggles of adoration. She’s officially a BB-8 fangirl.
Another big reaction was to the best pilot in the resistance, Poe Dameron. I don’t really think this needs explanation. I mean, POE DAMERON. POE. DAMERON.
Barb also made rude comments about Kylo Ren, which reflected my own thoughts exactly. I don’t want to drop any spoilers but we really are mentally connected.
After the film, Barb peppered me with Star Wars questions over lunch at Z-Burger. Later that evening, she admitted to almost picking up a Star Wars shirt at Target. She’s also taken to randomly messaging me with thoughts and queries over the Star Wars universe. I think she’s even following different Star Wars related Twitter accounts now. We’re planning to marathon the rest of the series during C2E2, hopefully with our Star Wars-obssessed friend Travis! Do you think we should record and share it? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
Everything she wrote is true. When BB-8 showed up I got this huge grin on my face. I mean, just look at him!
I did keep asking her when Han Solo would show up as well. Then it felt like forever before the great romance of Finn and Poe happened. As you can see, I was a little impatient since I knew some stuff going in. I had read some spoilers and had friends tell me stuff because they had seen it early and needed to explode their feelings upon someone. I’ll tell you what though, when the Han/Ben showdown started, I couldn’t sit still. I knew what was coming and couldn’t handle it. I kept crossing my legs, leaning forward, switching my weight from side to side in my seat. I was a mess. Then Chewie went all “Fuck this shit!” and started just firing at everything and it was amazing. I like how Han kept wanting to use the weapon earlier on too. Hux annoyed me though. Kylo Ren might have been a Darth Vader fanboy but it’s my opinion that Hux was/is jealous of Kylo and wants to be the dark chosen one. I still can’t believe a Weasly went to the dark side.
And can we talk about that ending? WHAT THE HELL?! You can’t just end a movie like that! I mean, come on! I now have to wait HOW LONG until the next one? Are you shitting me?
In the end, I enjoyed the movie and I’m glad I saw it. Does it make me want to see the other movies? Yes. But I’m not in a huge rush to see them. I’m excited to see where this new trio of main characters go and how Luke Skywalker plays a bigger role. I need more Silver Fox Bearded Hamill in my life.