tales from the road
January 13, 2016
At long last, my long (2000 words!) review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is live at Lightspeed. Scroll down past the movie poster for the spoiler-filled version.
Reading over it again, three weeks after writing it and after seeing the movie twice more (including once with my brother in Oregon, which was a real treat), I think it’s a pretty good review. Emotional and fangirlish, with analysis that doesn’t have an ax to grind. I think that’s the problem I’ve been having with a lot of commentary about the movie: chips on shoulders and axes to grind. Stunt nitpicking. I’m finding I just want to bask in the glow. Enjoy being a fangirl again. (That said, apparently if I want to know more about Poe Dameron I should be reading a bunch of comics and the new Star Wars novels coming out, and I don’t have time for that! Argh!)
Related to this, some news: Starting with this review, I’m going to have a regular movie review column over at Lightspeed. That makes me a professional movie reviewer. Isn’t that cool?
My niece came to my signing in Salem. She and her mom had to leave early (bedtime!), and I was still talking when she came up to me and gave me a hug and a kiss before she left. I totally stopped to hug her back. Because dude. So freaking adorable.
I did actually go to a wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Ankeny refuge south of Salem. Saw a flock of 40+ tundra swans, which was spectacular. I also brought snacks, on principle.
And then I caught a wretched cold that I am still getting over. Much sadness. But, life is somehow getting back to normal, and I’m actually enjoying the post-holiday, post-travel normal.