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15 December 2015 @ 08:15 pm
In the spoiler cave  
I made the conscious decision to enter "The Force Awakens" spoiler cave two hours before the Los Angeles premiere last night. No Facebook, no Twitter, no Tumblr. And now I've cut out Instagram (which I thought might be safe, until I realized I follow John Boyega and Daisy Ridley there) after some jackwagon just posted the following comment on one of their photo posts: "I am seeing the movie on Thursday evening and I plan to spoil everything online or in person." Great. There's always got to be a few rotten apples in the barrel. Classy, dude. CLASSY. I don't even want to know if this guy is joking or not, but I'm not taking a chance. You're the reason why I'm in the spoiler cave, idiot.

My logic is this is a new beginning for the "Star Wars" franchise, more so than the prequels. Characters from the original trilogy are returning. The franchise is in the hands of Disney and J.J. Abrams now. Lawrence Kasdan has returned as screenwriter, and I am ridiculously hopeful the film will be good. In 1977, I saw "A New Hope" on opening weekend without a clue as to what I was going to see. No story details, with relative unknowns cast in the lead roles. I want to experience the same sort of magic with "The Force Awakens". I know character names, I've seen a handful of the trailers, and that's about it. I've managed to avoid the interviews and press tour hype. I'd like to keep it that way, until my showing on Thursday night at 11:50 p.m. A part of me really wants to be that little girl from 1977 again when I see the new film, the little girl who fell head-over-heels in love with "Star Wars" as soon as that Imperial Star Destroyer roared over her head in pursuit of a Rebel Blockade Runner (not kidding, I was entranced IMMEDIATELY), the little girl who spent that summer having lightsaber battles in the front yard with broomstick handles, the little girl who wound up collecting cans, saving allowance, and doing extra chores for movie money so she could go back to that galaxy far, far away over and over and OVER again.

Star Wars is in my blood. I can't explain it any other way. Not only have I been blessed by having the films in my life, but it has led me to some of the most remarkable friendships and experiences in my life. A group of smart, kind, and fantastic human beings who all love Star Wars as much as I do. We've worked at various conventions and Celebrations. We were invited on a mind-blowing trip to Skywalker Ranch. Understanding, lovely people who supported me through my mother's breast cancer diagnosis, my father's passing, and my cheerleading squad as I entered culinary school to become a pastry chef. I cannot imagine my life without Star Wars, and likewise, I cannot imagine my life without them... and without those remarkable movies, I would not have met ANY of them. It was fate. I love them as much as I love the movies we all adore.

Thursday night will be an emotional celebration for me, and I honestly can't wait. I'm going with a dear friend and we'll plunge into the new film together (and probably share a box of Kleenex in the process). And in January, I'm planning another viewing with more of those smart, kind, and fantastic friends at Walt Disney World. It doesn't get much better than that, honestly.

Okay, I'm going to end this entry now before I start blubbering like a sentimental fool, because I'm getting REALLY close to doing so.
 
 
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anirt: Slash writesanirt on December 16th, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
I likewise checked out Monday afternoon because I too want the movie to be something new. I'm half-wondering whether to bring ear plugs to the line -- have you thought about that one way or the other?

The time off FB and Twitter will be a respite for me in other ways, too.

Say hello to your movie companion for me.

Edited at 2015-12-16 05:07 pm (UTC)
Love Lies Bleedingcorellian_sugar on December 17th, 2015 03:07 am (UTC)
I'm not going to bring ear plugs to the line. I still have an ear infection, so I'm not hearing that swift at the moment anyway. I suppose if it becomes an issue, I do have headphones from my phone and I can plug in those, I guess.

I'll give Heather a big hug for you! She's driving in tomorrow afternoon. :)
fickleonefickleone on December 16th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I hear you. We have tickets to see it on Saturday and I do not want to be spoiled. I don't think any movie has ever had the effect on me that Star Wars has. I knew nothing about it when I went to see it and I was blown away. I loved everything about it. I am a little older than you and was in the 9th grade when I saw it. I immediately wanted to see it again and again.

I really hope the new movie will be good. I'm cautiously optimistic. But it probably won't be the same as the first Star Wars (for me at least) simply because it's not new. But maybe it's the difference between new love that is fresh and exciting and an old married couple that is still in love and is still finding out new things about each other. Neither one is better, just different.

In other news, I keep meaning to reply to one of your posts (that is long past now) and comment about your trip to Disney World. We have recently made plans to join some friends on a Disney World vacation too. We are leaving on January 11. Can't wait! Five adults going, all but one over 50. Ha! Anyway, hope you have a fantastic time!
Love Lies Bleedingcorellian_sugar on December 17th, 2015 03:04 am (UTC)
True, we're familiar with that galaxy far, far away now, so it won't be entirely new... but I think on some level, the core Star Wars fans (from 1977) have always hoped we'd get sequels with the original characters again. I get butterflies when I think about it.

Have a great time at Disney! I'll be heading in that direction the week after you do! :D
fickleonefickleone on December 19th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! You have fun at Disney too!
metallidean_grlmetallidean_grl on December 16th, 2015 05:49 pm (UTC)
I don't blame you for wanting to check out of the social media and keep yourself unspoiled. I'm kinda feeling the same way. I literally no nothing about this movie except for the few little snippets I've seen. I finally saw the movie trailer while watching TV last night and I got kinda excited to see this movie Saturday. Just hearing that music, that oh so familiar music gets my heart beating and sets me back to such simpler times and going to see the original three movies in the theater, and the excitement we felt. I remember standing in line for the first movie the first time. My family dragged me to the movie, I had no idea what this movie was about, and frankly, I didn't want to be there, you know, rebellious teen and all, but family activity and all. I'm glad I went. I was also mesmerized from the first moments. I remember standing in line almost all day to see the second and third movies over at the old Westgate theater. We had such fun. Those were the days.

Thank you for sharing your story. That is so cool that you still have those friends that you bonded with so long ago, and if you feel like getting a little teary eyed, then I say, do it. We should be allowed our sentimentalities. I'll probably shed some with you. Have fun at your viewing Thursday.
Love Lies Bleedingcorellian_sugar on December 17th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
OMG, The Westgate... I saw all the films for the first time there. I wish it were still around, to be honest. So many good memories there. :)
metallidean_grlmetallidean_grl on December 17th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
I wish the Westgate were still here too, in its original form, not the new incarnation they made of it with several theaters. I love the big screen and cushion seats. It was my favorite place to go back in the day. So, yes, lots of fond memories there.
The Little Zombie Who Could1_rhiannon_1 on December 16th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
I wish you NO SPOILERS and the most magnificent time seeing this movie! It's going to be so amazing! <3 <3 <3
Love Lies Bleedingcorellian_sugar on December 17th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
:::smooches::: Thank you, honey!
Fenchurch: Death Starfenchurche on December 17th, 2015 05:37 am (UTC)
I've been amazed at how many friends I have who have already seen it! And also amazed at how good they've been at not spoiling things for those of us who haven't. One nice unexpected side effect of all the people going dark on social media this week is that while I've been traveling, for a change I haven't had a lot of catching up to do on social media... the people who aren't reading it right now, also aren't posting. It's been very convenient! :-)

I'm right there with you on hoping to recreate the same experience I had for Star Wars all those years ago.

So excited for tomorrow... and also excited for Friday, when I'm going to see it again with my mom (only in IMAX).