No spoilers, don't worry.
Despite being geeked-up about the new Star Wars movie (ooh! Shiny!) I'm not gonna go see it at midnight screenings on opening night. I'm over that, kids. I don't stand in line nearly as well as I used to. It's a work night, anyway, and I used up all of my vacation on a nice cruise last fall. So about the latest I'll go would be a 10:00 PM Friday show, after a nice dinner. Probably not opening weekend either: my car's due for some minor work, I'm committed to go filk at Nancy's, and I have to go to Tucson for a family reunion the next day. Anyway, standing in line, I might unintentionally utter a spoiler and ruin some fan's life (or at least their evening.)
No, I haven't read the novelization. But after the last movie, I had a fun discussion or two about what this movie would be like. I knew that to set things up for the Luke Skywalker trilogy, certain things had to happen in this film. I made a list. And while I haven't read the novelization, I am a special-effects geek - been reading Cinefex
since issue 1 - so I bought the Making of
book, which has spoilers galore. My list was right on the money. I suppose I could hide my list on the Web somewhere, but if you know Star Wars
you can easily duplicate the list yourself.
Odds are, I'll like the pretty pictures and I'll go see it a couple-three times just for the pretty pictures. I went to see the last one a time or two just for the visuals - my cat could write better dialogue. I already know the basic story; I worked it out three years ago. It'll be a fun ride anyway.
Maybe they'll show the Serenity