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Friends, we are getting so close to the release of Episode VIII, The Last Jedi. I can almost taste it! Tickets are available now at Fandango, so don’t wait around and miss out on what’s going to be a huge opening weekend!
As you probably know from previous Star Wars related posts, I’m not a fan of spoilers. At all. I think the idea of trying to figure out the movie before the movie is actually released minimizes the filmgoing experience. It’s all supposed to be revealed onscreen for the first time, not on twitter, facebook, or any other form of social media. That’s my opinion, anyway.
And I’m sticking to it.
So you can imagine my consternation when Episode VIII director, Rian Johnson, suggested that the newest trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi had the potential of being a spoiler-rich environment. I’ll be honest. There was weeping. There was gnashing of teeth. All night long, I wrestled with whether I should watch the trailer or not. In retrospect, it was a much more difficult decision than it should have been. But that shouldn’t really be too much of a surprise.
Because Star Wars is a big deal.
A big, stinkin’ deal. And I’m not going to allow some spoiler-crazed nutjob to ruin my Star Wars experience. Even if the nutjob works for Lucasfilm and personally put the trailer together him/herself. No way. No how. Uh-uh.
So I thought much longer and harder than I really should have and finally came to the conclusion that unless they showed something like Supreme Leader Snoke telling Rey that he is her father or Rey and Kylo Ren passionately swapping spit, or a lightsaber going through Luke’s back, or something earth-shattering like that, I wouldn’t really know if it was a spoiler or not. So I decided to watch the trailer.
And it was worth it.
So worth it.
It didn’t feel spoilery at all. But then again, I don’t know the storyline because I’ve tried to avoid all things The Last Jedi for the past six months. I guess there’s a chance that this trailer was filled with spoilers. But I won’t really know that until I watch the movie.
Spoilers? Maybe not. Cliffhangers? Absolutely.
There’s certainly a different feel to this trailer compared with other trailers. Much like The Empire Strikes Back (my favorite Star Wars movie, by the way), it appears that things are not going to go well for our heroes in this installment of the Skywalker saga. I think I remember someone, possibly Mark Hamill, once say that everything that could go wrong for the good guys does go wrong in this episode. That leaves a huge cliffhanger for the final installment. Just like the cliffhanger at the end of this trailer.
I won’t lie. My mouth silently shot open when I watched it happen. It took my breath away. And I stood in front of my TV, frozen for several seconds (although it felt like hours). What is going to happen? I guess we’ll find out in about two months. Won’t we?
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The Last Jedi is coming December 15.