By Charlie

Is everybody ready for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?” I purchased my tickets the first day they went on sale. I have watched all the movie trailers on YouTube and seen them in commercials. Hell, I even went to YouTube, pulled up the latest trailer, and watched it on my smart TV YouTube app. It is always cool to watch any Star Wars movie / trailer in widescreen HD.


I saw the original Star Wars back in October 1977. My father took me and my cousin to see it. I was young and it was the first movie I had ever seen at the theatre. On the way home, I asked my cousin and father if they believed in aliens. After seeing “Star Wars: A New Hope” I believed in aliens and hoped they would visit Earth soon. Does that make me a geek?

Return Of The Jedi” came out on May 25, 1983 and I had planned to see it on opening day with my friends. We even had a school field trip that day to Chicago to visit museums, historical landmarks, and all that. We had lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown and I remember making a toast to seeing Return of the Jedi that day after school. We were all excited to see (what we thought) was the final chapter to Star Wars later that afternoon at the theatre. I went home and my father would not let me go to the movies because I had to mow the lawn.  This was not a small lawn! It would usually take 2-3 hours to finish. I never saw the movie that day. I saw it the next day and went on to see ROTJ (Return of the Jedi) 13 times in 1983.



I will admit that I do NOT like it that Disney changed the release date of Star Wars movies from May to December. I always liked the idea that I would go see a Star Wars movie in my shorts and a t-shirt. Unless I become the CEO of The Walt Disney Company real soon, we are all going to have to live with Star Wars movies coming out around Christmastime.

I am ready for “Rogue One” this Friday – are you? The early reviews have been excellent and even George Lucas praised the movie. Director Kevin Smith said it “…reminded him of Empire Strike Back.”

I am GOING ROGUE Friday. How about you? Let me know what you think.


Work Cited:

George Lucas’ review of Rogue One

Kevin Smith’s review of Rogue One

Critics’ reviews of Rogue One