I am sitting here, fully rested, after a roughly six hour movie watching experience, very satisfied.
I decided somewhat last minute (seriously, tickets went quickly!) to attend a double feature showing of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. I arrived about 40 minutes before the first movie was slated to start. With my ticket, I received a badge and some large trading cards. To save some money, I used the last CFA calendar freebie beforehand to get a sandwich, but I did purchase a drink. I settled into my seat and waited. It was great watching The Force Awakens right before seeing The Last Jedi. I’m so glad I did, and I plan on doing it again if a similar option is available in two years. As soon as the credits started rolling at the end of TFA, I got up to make a quick intermission break. I stopped by the snack bar first, having decided to get a popcorn for the second movie. I thought I saw something about getting free popcorn, but it wasn’t offered (and I didn’t ask….don’t ask, don’t get!) I thought it was worth a splurge to get some popcorn, so with my badge around my neck and my drink in hand, I ordered a regular popcorn. That’s when the girl said, oh, you get a free one! Woo! I’ll take it! I knocked out all the intermission tasks of bathroom breakage, soda refill, and popcorn buttering.
One thing I wish I did sooner was start talking to those sitting around me. I mean, come on, I’m surrounded by “my people.” These are folks who are willing to pay for two movie on opening night. They love Star Wars as much as I do. But I ended up bored for a while. Since this was a special thing, they didn’t show any of the normal “pre-movie” stuff. We had a quiet theater for the 30 minutes between movies. There was a very funny dad a few rows down who said things to the 4-5 kids (maybe about 8/9ish-12ish?) with him like “no bathroom breaks, or making noise or anything during this next movie.” or “when we leave, don’t say a word! Have a good poker face, no grinning or frowning! There are people out there who have been waiting to watch and you can’t give anything away.”
I want to say very very little about the movie. I don’t want to give anything away (even though I have sooooo many thoughts). I am very happy with the movie. I’m happy with how they handle things. I can’t wait to watch it again, especially now after reading a few reviews/theories/etc. There was one thing that I didn’t like at first, but after reading something that addressed that particular thing, I am very happy with it. One thing that is different this year verses the previous two years is that Bret did not go with me. He opted to wait to watch it in California. Oy. It’s going to be a long 11+ days to wait to talk to him about it.
Did you go on opening night? What were your thoughts? If you leave comments, please leave them spoiler free!
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