"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Review
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Before we get started here, let's address the obvious: there are spoilers ahead! If you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want it spoiled for you, stop reading immediately and check back after you've seen it. I don't think I've ever avoided spoilers like the plague for a movie quite like I did for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." That's how incredible the hype was for this movie. I can still remember where I was when I heard the franchise was being bought out by Disney and they were going to make another three movies. My immediate reaction, as I'm sure was the same for many, was, "Really? Why?" That feeling subsided a short time later, and then the excitement started to set in. "So, how many days until 'Star Wars 7' is released?" I had a countdown in my dorm room for the last four months. True story.
I don't know everything there is to know about the Star Wars universe. Not by a long shot. I don't claim to be the biggest Star Wars fan there ever was. I haven't read any of the "Extended Universe" material other than what I've been told by friends and have read online. Hell, I didn't watch the full Star Wars saga until I was in sixth grade! I had only watched the first three movies (Episodes 1-3) and saw the third one in theaters and was chastised by a peer during a school trip that summer. I never understood why he made such a big deal about it. After watching the prequels back all these years later and realizing how deplorable they were, I understand his anger.
By Graham "GSM" Matthews
All right, I'll admit it: I had zero intention of seeing Krampus when my roommate suggested we go see it. He told me about the legend of Krampus late last year (and how bizarre it was), but it wasn't until just recently that he brought it up to me that it was being made into a movie and how we needed to see it. By and large, I'm not a fan of horror movies, which is exactly what I thought this was. Thus, I hesitant to go see it at first.
However, there were a few reasons why I ultimately decided to check it out. Firstly, it was a chance to go to the movies, and while I'm not one to waste money, the tickets were relatively cheap and I'm a sucker for an enjoyable experience at the movie theater (hence why I work at one!). Secondly, it was Christmas-themed, so it was timely with one of my favorite holidays right around the corner. All things considered, I figured it was worth giving it a shot, and I'm happy I did as it ended up exceeding my expectations.