So I decided I needed a three-peat of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and I returned to the theater to see it for the 3rd time earlier this evening. Not only because I enjoyed it so much the first two times, but also because my parents wanted to see it and I thought I might join them. If for no other reason than maybe to explain any parts they weren’t getting. Especially since they never saw Episodes I – III, as they don’t care for prequels in general.
So we headed out to the AMC Showplace 10, which I have to say, it remains a good call on their part to still be running showings of The Force Awakens, even though it has been out for 2 months at this point. I’m sure I don’t have to say that it’s not every film that gets held over at the theater for that length of time. But it is really serving them well, as the theater was still about 1/3rd of the way full for the evening showing. Gotta respect that the film can still pull in that kind of a crowd this late in it’s release.
And the movie totally holds up on repeat viewings. The rewatch value is extremely high. A lot of movies are good for a single viewing and then on any subsequent viewing, it’s like “Ho hum. Been there, done that, seen that already.” But for the 3rd time, The Force Awakens remains a thoroughly enjoyable watch. And my folks really dug it, too, and remarked to me that it reminded them of when they went to see the first Star Wars back in ’77. In fact, they were dating at the time. So it could be said that Star Wars aided in my parent’s budding relationship. I might not even be here today if not for Star Wars!
And as The Force Awakens continues it’s financial climb up the box office charts, I gotta say that I really hope it ends up topping the two movies it has left to overtake in it’s quest to become the highest grossing movie of all time. I didn’t particularly care for either of the films that are still ahead of it, so I would love to see a Star Wars film, and specifically an amazingly enjoyable one, take the top box office spot of all time. So without getting into any spoilers or giving away any of the plot, I would highly recommend that if you haven’t seen The Force Awakens yet, to get out to the theater and see it before it eventually moves out of the theaters. And even if you have seen it already, even if more than once, go back and catch it again. Because it’s a gem of a movie that doesn’t lose it’s luster on repeat viewings.