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Star Wars The Force Awakens Review from a Not Obsessed Star Wars Fan

We attended the screening as a guest of Disney

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What I have learned while covering the film “Star Wars The Force Awakens” is that there are three kinds of Star Wars fans. (a) The fans who love Star Wars, (b) the fans who obsess over Star Wars, and (c) the fanatical fans who eat, sleep and breathe Star Wars.

I love Star Wars. Who doesn’t? It was a part of the childhood of my entire generation.

During the press junket, we were on a “super secret” mission to keep the fanatical fans from showing up outside of the doors. Those are the same type of people who have been camping out in tents in front of our local theater since Sunday afternoon, and all already have tickets.

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Photo courtesy of Steve Churm

When I was going to see a sneak peek of the film last night, I was feeling a little guilty. While I love Star Wars, getting to see the film before opening day would be life changing for millions of fanatical fans, so I brought one obsessed Star Wars fan along with me as my guest – my son Andrew.

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Along with many adults/children, he geeks out over Star Wars. From his toothbrush to his underwear – it’s all about Star Wars. While I was growing up, I grew up in a house full of girls, was knee deep in Barbie’s, and the extent of my childhood Star Wars fan base was trying to create the perfect Princess Leia hair braid. Now that I am raising boys, I am learning a whole new kind of childhood, especially where they geek out over comic books, superheroes, sports, and Star Wars.

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What did my teenage son do when I surprised him with the news that he was going to see the movie early? Well, he practically fainted, and then expressed his extreme appreciation for all the hours that I am away from home working that allowed for him to have this opportunity.

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Now, let’s get back to the movie. While I want to share the major spoiler in the film, I want everyone to experience the film in the same way that my son and I did. I encourage fans to stay away from social media threads and only read trusted blogs because I feel that knowing the spoiler will ruin the fan viewing experience. I wouldn’t even tell my other son and husband the spoilers when we got home last night.

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Photo courtesy of Disney

All three kinds of Star Wars fans will not be disappointed. The film will be everything (and more) than everyone could have wanted. It is just as good as the original Star Wars film and is a perfect “first” Star Wars film for children of this generation to experience. From the lighting to the special effects, I was immersed in the world of Star Wars for the entire two hours and sixteen minutes that I was sitting in the theater.

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Photo courtesy of Disney

My son’s reaction was that he was speechless. He sat in the chair until he saw the last name scroll to the top of the screen, and looked at me, and said, “Woooooow!” The minute that we got into the car, he was talking faster than a million words per minute about everything that had just happened – his mind was spinning so fast that he couldn’t fall asleep until way past midnight.

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Photo courtesy of Disney

I feel Parents with younger will be very happy with the film. The younger children will be focused on BB-8 and all his cuteness, and they did a great job of limiting the overall violence in the film.

Overall, the film is perfect for children and adults of all ages. It is the ideal family holiday film, and I encourage everyone (whether or not you already have tickets) to go this weekend. And, may the force be with you!

“Star Wars The Force Awakens” opens in theaters everywhere on December 18th.

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2 Comments

  1. I loved your review!!! Your son’s reaction was awesome.

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