Emotions and excitement are high during the holidays. Between visiting with friends and family, preparing holiday feasts, and participating in personal traditions. But this year, we get a bonus. This year, we get "Star Wars."
John Corden and Chris Hardwick do an amazing job of capturing this special holiday season in a galaxy far far away brand of excitement with their "Star Wars" carol.
Needless to say, I have been eagerly awaiting "The Force Awakens," but this week my elation really reached its peak and "Star Wars" became a keystone in my daily life, even more so than usual.
This week, I mixed up our usual pre-nap story time and read my students the Little Golden book adaption of "A New Hope" written by Geof Smith and beautifully illustrated by Caleb Meurer and Micky Rose.
We even had our own topical reading mini-lesson.
I adorned my denim jacket (Yes, its December and its warm enough to wear only a light denim jacket) with my Paul Frank button of Julius sporting the most iconic hairstyle in the galaxy.
Wednesday (aka "The Force Awakens" Eve), The Georgia Theatre hosted a marathon of the original trilogy. I went for a bit and sipped on themed cocktails, The Tatooine Sun and Jawa Juice, and enjoyed some of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."
And then came Thursday, premiere day. Assuming all of the theaters in the area were sold out, I had begun acting a bit above going on premiere night. "Oh I'd rather not see it in such a crowded theatre." "It'd be so late, I'd rather be alert and ready to pay attention." This all changed when I received a text from a friend asking if I'd want to go with him. WAIT, YOU MEAN I COULD GO SEE STAR WARS? TONIGHT? AT 7:00? IN ROUGHLY THREE HOURS?! YES YES ALL OF THE HEART EYES YESSSSS PUHLEEEASE I WILL BE THERE
So I went! I got to see "Star Wars!" On opening night! In a theatre full of eager super fans!
And I finally got to wear Her Universe Darth Vader Dress!
So, what did I think? Well, now I've got my plate of R2D2 cookies and have had a few hours to think about it and am ready to put some thoughts on "paper." I'm going to do this as spoiler free as possible, but just in case if you haven't seen the movie yet you may want to stop reading here.
Alright, let's start with the baddie--Kylo Ren. Earlier this week, one of my students told me Kylo Ren was going to be his favorite his favorite bad guy in the history of bad guys. My love for Vader, I did not have the same feelings going into the movie. But now, wow. Now, Kylo Ren may be my favorite bad guy in the history of bad guys. He is an interesting, tormented, multifaceted character. Adam Driver, bravo. I don't think I've ever felt so strongly towards the Dark Side. And people of the internet, if you are reading this I am ready for some "Girls"/"Force Awakens" crossover memes because the parallels are there and have the potential to be HILARIOUS.
WHO RUNS THIS GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY? GIRLS! That's right, there are tons of new female characters and they are all AWESOME. There is are girl pirates, females using the force, Leia is a general, a lady stormtrooper captain who has THE COOLEST STORM TROOPER ARMOR EVER.
All in all, I really enjoyed this movie. It's a great follow up to the original trilogy. There's a genuine element of humor to it. JJ Abrhams does a great job of sticking to the look and feel of the originals, not overly adding CGI.
So yes, its worth it. Definitely go and enjoy.
And May the Force be with You.