I will never forget the first time I saw the movie Star Wars as a kid. It was in New Bedford, MA and I remember telling my mom after the show how I needed to see it again. I was hooked. It was such a powerful movie for me. Now, the latest installment, The Force Awakens, hits theaters late night December 17th. The Star Wars series has also been such a huge part of our kids’ movie experience growing up that Becky and I can’t wait to see it with them. Disney has done a wonderful job in keeping the story under wraps and also in building up the excitement to its opening night. J.J. Abrams talks about directing The Force Awakens here:
I cannot say enough about what George was able to do with that first movie, let alone the next ones. Forget how incredible it looked, forget the technology, forget the humor of it, the heart, the romance, the adventure—all the amazing moments that made us love it. Think about what he was able to stir up, the questions he was able to ask—exactly the right questions—the idea that he was able to create a world that clearly went so far beyond the boundaries of what we were seeing and hearing. This, to me, is one of the greatest things about Star Wars. Working on this new movie has been as much about trying to set up elements of what is beyond what you’re seeing as it has been about telling a story that will be satisfying in and of itself. But it can’t feel like a cop-out—like we’re just setting things up and not resolving them.