I saw it twice at the theater when it came out, and then watched it recently for the firs time since then, when it popped up on Netflix last week (in Canada). It’s interesting to me that the movie already feels so familiar, despite it still being so new and that I’ve only seen it twice – really felt like I’d watched it so many more times (like the original movies). As expected, I still dig it, and still think it’s a hell of a fun ride. Makes me even more excited to see Rogue One and then Episode VIII.
The question is not really how much did I enjoy this movie, but rather, how many times will I go see it in theatres before I’m satisfied. The praise for this film seems pretty much universal – at least from the reactions from my friends I’m seeing on my social media timelines – but yeah, this was absolutely as good if not better as I think I could ever imagine getting. JJ absolutely gets what makes a good Star Wars movie, and I am truly bummed that he won’t be directing Episodes 8 and 9. Not only did I love the story, the visuals, the characters, but it was just a hell of a fun ride that I wanted to stay on forever. I lost track of how many times I welled up throughout, and my wife as well, who literally cried with joy when the opening scrawl started, and when the film ended. For me, there really was only one fault, and it’s that it ends, and didn’t just keep going… (And yes, it was added to my list of favorite 5 films of the year.)
As I’ve written recently, I prefer to watch shows after the season is over these days, but as I continue to get hyped for The Force Awakens (and finally bought tickets for a showing the other night) I decided to go through what’s aired so far of season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. I quite liked the first season, and so far season 2 has been just as good, if not better. This is the era of Star Wars I like, and so it’s much more satisfying than the Clone Wars series, but with the same great animation style (or even better). It’s also been fun to see returning characters from that previous series (especially Ahsoka, who is super awesome with her white light sabers), as well as appearances by characters we know from the original trilogy. Good stuff.
Yes, I am indeed caught up in the hype leading up to next month’s release of The Force Awakens (I quite enjoyed cover features in both Entertainment Weekly and Wired), and so have decided to re-watch the original trilogy – I may re-watch the prequels as well, but I’m still not sure if that’s a journey I really need to embark on. It still bums me out that I need to watch the “special editions,” as what they add really is terrible, and because it’s mostly CG, they are also the bits that age the movies the most. But despite that, it was indeed very fun watching this again, as it had been a while. During the final battle sequence, I had flashbacks of playing the old Star Wars arcade game as a kid, the one with vector graphics. Good times.