I was fortunate enough to see The Force Awakens the night before it opened. For the record I loved the movie and I can't wait to see it again. I haven't written a review or even a reaction piece in the site yet, and that was a very deliberate choice on my part. Read on for a little more on the subject...
The day after I'd seen the movie, the messages started flying back and forth. Firstly between myself and the guys over at Movie Geeks Film News. There was some heated discussion in that message group and I threw in a couple of comments like this one:e
Then there was the group chat between the Talk Star Wars family, Steven, Jeremy and myself. There was certain a clear line in the Jakku sand and on one side, two of us who loved the film and on the other, the lone voice of decent. You'll hear the conversation in our reaction podcast, but here's something I wrote in messages.
I will write a review when I've had a chance to see the film again and study it without the excitement and glee that accompanied my initial viewing. That should tell you a lot about my experience and my fondness for J.J. Abrams' movie, but I do owe it to myself, and to you guys, to try and examine this film objectively and review it as a standalone film. If that's even possible. As I remarked above, there's no way I can evaluate the original movies as films today, I'm too close to them to be objective. I'm already beginning to get that feeling from The Force Awakens. A couple of years watching it's every move, anticipating and theorising. I know more about this film than any other film I've ever seen, before even one frame has hit the silver screen. So it'll be difficult to distance myself from it in order to judge it as I should.
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