Ok this isnt a normal theme for a blog in Spain but it has all to do with watching films in Spain and its all about a big event coming at last on the 18th December.
Its the day all Star Wars fans have been waiting for since the release of the third film - from the prequel series - Revenge of the Sith in 2005.
Lets rewind a bit to one of the first films i saw in Spain 1993 in Málaga in spanish - Jurassic Park. Now i saw this film in spanish. I had been in Spain for 3 years now and it was the first time i had sat through a whole film in spanish really - it helped a lot being the film it was though. That was one thing i had missed when i first came to Spain; my regular visits to the cinema in the UK.
I am a huge film fan and most Saturdays i would go to the local Regal cinema in Melton Mowbray, my home town and see a comedy or an adventure film from time to time. The 80s was the best time for me for films.
I remember going to see all the latest James Bond films as a kid and i finally got to the see the first Star Wars film not when the film came out in 1977 but in 1980 as a
double bill with The Empire Strikes Back, maybe for me the best of the saga - up til now.
The reason why i didnt see it when it first came out was because of a big mix up between this new blockbuster and a trailer i saw for The Planet of the Apes with the apes pounding on the ground with the bones.
That trailer frightened the hell out of me and i thought Chewbacca was one of those apes and i was 5 years old still in May of that year so i told my Dad and brother that i didnt want to see it. They were trying to get me in and i was very certain that i didnt like the idea. They really wanted to go in and see it and looking back now I wish i had.
Anyway - these things happen and theres no turning back the clock now but i was mind blown 3 years later when i saw that double bill in Bridgenorth, seeing Star Wars for the first time and then the second instalment ending with that cliffhanger!!
Return of the Jedi i saw in Wigston Magna also in Leicestershire. Now these films back then, in 1983 now were shown in small cinemas with maybe 3 screens or some even just one and the queues back then when a film came out sometimes went all the way down the road. What i remember about that film was some moron that was waiting in line to see the film for a second time and
talking to his mates about what happened in it. Me and my mates had to stop him politely and just tell him to shut up, he was ruining the film for us.
Now by the time we went to see it i had bought a book about it with photos and had seen a trailer so i went in with a jist of what was going to happen.
So that trilogy was over so we thought. Then around 1995 they started talking about a new saga, a prequel one, set 30 years before the events of Star Wars.
Of course i had been in Spain 5 years now and has begun to go to the cinema more and more. I went a few times to the America Multicines (Multi Cinema) which was one of the first
multiscreen cinemas in Spain with i think 10 or 12 screens which sadly isnt there anymore; now its an apartment block next to the Vialia Shopping Centre where the main
train station is in Málaga. I had also been to the Larios cinema which was at the top of the Larios Shopping Centre that had the same amount of screens and that too has gone.
All this for me was a big shame, although i wasnt watching films in the original english language i loved going to the cinema with my kids to see the latest Pixar or childrens film.
Soon 1999 came and The Phantom Menace came out. I was there the first day of screening. I think i went to see it twice, the first day in the most terrible place, right on the front row with the worst neck ache but i had to see it on the first day. I really loved it, it was a new Star Wars and when youre a fan of these films you just want to see more. I went back to see it a second time in a decent part of the cinema and still enjoyed it.
Years later people have a go at the prequels saying that they are took filled with CGI and didnt like the way George Lucas, its creator directed and scripted the films, adding unpopular characters and too many political
issues. I went to see the next two i think on each premiere day as well - Attack of the Clones in 2002 that i must have seen in english with spanish subtitles as the new Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre had opened that year - Yelmo Multicines.
This was the start of something great for me, finally being able to see films in english. Being in Spain 12 years now i could watch english language films dubbed in spanish, but its not the same.
Revenge of the Sith was a tremendous finale to the prequels, the best of them with its darkness and tragic ending. John Williams did an amazing job of all three films with the soundtracks. New themes and bringing back
Its the 3rd December 2015. I got the day off - the 18th December, the first day of officially of the screening of the long awaited JJ Abrams project - Star Wars: Episode VII- The Force Awakens.
I think when the title of a new Star Wars films comes out us Star Wars fans sit and ponder on it a little.
The Force Awakens is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. So the force went to sleep for the past 30 years and now its waking up?
So a teaser came out and then a big eye opening trailer came out that was damn amazing and now there are all these Tv Spots and other trailers and to tell you the truth - I DON´T WANT TO SEE THEM!!
I DID slip up and watched a Harrison Ford interview on YouTube last night and i saw a couple of shots of Han Solo in 2 clips i hadnt seen - DAMNNN!! But i feel that if there are too many trailers then it ruins the film. I need to see this without knowing too much about it. George Lucas himself had said he hadnt seen the teaser even.
He wants to see the film on the opening day, or whenever he decides to see it. I presume he will attend some kind of pre-screening on the 17th when a lot of lucky blighters including a mate of mine
who has been a fan a little longer than me will watch it. I originally was going to wait until the 19th or 20th to watch it but a week ago i said NO WAY and i got the day off and bought my entrance ticket to see it at Yelmo Multicines at 5pm, the first screening there. From now, until then i am dodging any signs of TV spots, Tweets, Facebook posts and other manner of ways of finding out anymore about this new instalment.
I do know one thing its going to be huge. Its a great early Christmas gift for me. Normally a Star Wars film comes out in May but Mr Abrams needed to get this right i think and filming was stopped
for Mr Fords scenes as a mechanical door on the set broke his leg and he survived a light airplane crash. A true hero.
So here i am, like millions of fans old and new, patiently waiting for Star Wars.