Moviepilot is a website for movie fans to write about what they love. So naturally I began writing on here so I could write more about movies and TV shows I have grown to love. The idea is to contribute to the bigger ongoing conversation across the internet. But there is one film coming soon that I believe I cannot add any more to the conversation that already exists; Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The new Star Wars film is going to be the biggest film of all time. A lot is riding on JJ Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney to live up to this expectation. Every trailer that has been released has caused a sincere disturbance of emotion in my chest that has left me practically speechless. I've realised over the last few months, I really don't have a worthy and different opinion about the new film, the trailer and the marketing so far. All I know is I want to watch it and December 17th cannot come any sooner.
I already have my tickets for the midnight screening at my local cinema. I asked all my friends who wanted to join me and I ended up buying ten tickets. In my anticipation and excitement, I am still yet to chase my friends for the money. Maybe I never will.
As a filmmaker and a media teacher, all too often I find myself constantly analysing film and shows. Writing for Moviepilot has only encouraged that behaviour more. I tell my students often how cinema exists as a form of escape from a our daily lives. Yet when your life is about the creation of film entertainment, watching films and TV shows do not always provide the escape I would expect.
The last cinema experience (before the The Avengers) I truly appreciated was in 2009 watching James Cameron's Avatar for the first time. Before that was in 2005 for the last Star Wars movie released, The Revenge of the Sith. And then before that was in 2002 for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings sequel, The Two Towers. In over ten year there has been so few movies I've just sat back and enjoyed. I really cannot enjoy the cinema experience in the same way other movie fans do any more. If its not paying attention to the script or characters, it would be to the cinematography or the visual effects.
So I have made a pledge. Less than one month from now, when I sit down to watch The Force Awakens, there is not going to be any analysis, or breakdown, or review. I am going to simply enjoy the film. The experience is going to be mine and mine alone. I won't share it here or really anywhere. I'll let everyone else speak up and talk about what it meant to them.
On December 17th, Star Wars will be a selfish and personal experience. And this is why this will probably be my only Star Wars related article on Moviepilot. I think this is a healthy approach to take. Too often, we get wrapped up in the hype of a film release and perhaps forget why we love it in the first place. Perhaps you could consider making the same pledge also. There will undoubtedly be plenty of conversation after the film's release, so what can a few less words out there really hurt?
28 days to go.
May the force be with you!
Will you make the same pledge about not sharing your Star Wars experience? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.
Daniel Sanguineti is a Australian Film Producer and Writer, who tutors film and media at the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology. He is on twitter @DanSanguineti