Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Sees Its Shadow, Predicts Four More Years of Empire)

Read this knowing there are a bunch of spoilers ahead. Of course, the Internet is now full of tidbits, like Daniel Craig as a stormtrooper and Simon Pegg in an uncredited role as an alien. Unless one walks away from the Internet for a month, a spoiler is bound to cross your path. And, a recent study indicates spoilers don’t really change a viewer’s opinion. Thanks for reading!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney Pictures and LucasFilm. Starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Lupita Nyong’o. Directed by JJ. Abrams. Rated PG-13. Running time: 2hrs 16 minutes.

I got to see the first showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in my small town movie theatre last Thursday night thanks to a ticket provided by a friend. I was going to hold out, honestly; I grew up with the original, un-enhanced Star Wars: A New Hope. A New Hope was truly epic in scale and scope and established the baseline against which all science fiction sagas will be forever judged. Judged by my generation, anyway, the Children of the 1960’s and 1970’s. People born after 1990, or thereabouts, raised with computer-generated imagery (CGI) simply cannot appreciate all of the ground-breaking cinematography and visual effects whose genesis was the telling of Star Wars.

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