Dec. 18th, 2015 is a date that millions of eager Star Wars fans have had circled on their calendar since, well, the the date for the movie was established more than two years ago.
People have been waiting with a mixture of excitement and dread, fearing a repeat of the truly terrible prequels of the early 2000s.
But rest assured, Star Wars fans, because the movie is finally out and the verdict is in: the movie recaptures all the magic of the original trilogy, bringing back old favorites and mixing them in with some great new characters to get invested in.
We talked to one fan, Jeff Coltin, who went to see the film opening night. He summed up his moviegoing experience for 20something thusly:
“The new Star Wars isn’t a movie to see alone. Star Wars is best experienced collectively, in a big theater where the audience isn’t afraid to ooh and ahh at the sights, to gasp at the reveals and laugh at the droids. If that breaks your focus from the story, so be it. Star Wars has always been about way more than just what happens in the two hours on screen. It’s about waiting hours in line dressed in gold foil. It’s about the giant light saber battles that happened every May 4th in school. Talking like this, it’s about.
So when you go see the Force Awakens, don’t go to that daytime showing at a quiet theater so you can really appreciate the story. Save that for repeated viewings once it’s available for download. No, if you can, go see that late night showing at the theater where people aren’t afraid to scream, laugh, cry and enjoy Star Wars the way it was meant to be enjoyed: together.”
So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends, buy some tickets and embrace the communal magic that is Star Wars. Regret it, you won’t.