I Still Have Not Seen It · 30 December 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
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As of the moment of this writing, I have not seen it yet. But by the time I post it, I will have. Hopefully. Until then, I will just go around with my fingers in my ears saying, “La, la, la. I can’t hear you.”

There are always must see movies that I have not seen yet. This year, it just happens to be another Star Wars movie. The Last Jedi. The interesting thing about movies you have not seen yet is that there are rules.

One of the guys at work saw the movie on opening night and said that it was certainly worth seeing. He did not give any plot points or any spoilers. He just said it was worth it. During the time he was not saying anything about the movie, another person was plugging her ears and saying, “La, la, la. I can’t hear you.” (I made that up this time, but it has happened before.) Then, another person explained the unwritten rule about elapsed time until you can talk about a blockbuster movie (after the La-la-la-er stopped la-la-la-ing). Apparently, it is two weeks. Or something like that.

Since the people I work with are teachers, that meant that The Last Jedi must be seen before our Christmas break ends. Or at least we need to see it before then if we do not want to hear about the movie. Plot points and spoilers are okay after said time period. I am sure those time periods vary depending on who a person spends time with, but that is apparently our expiration date. Or whatever you want to call that period of silence about the latest and greatest movie.

Working at a school, it is probably a good thing the movie came out right before the break. If it had happened a week earlier, all the students would have been talking about it and it would not have made any difference what the movie code of silence period was in the staff room. We would have all heard about the whole movie from a thousand different kids. Most likely. There are always the kids (and adults) who ask if you have seen the movie before saying anything. They are the ones who say, “Oh, you’ve got to see it. I won’t say anything else about it though. You just need to see it.” And then, they either say those same phrases over and over again, or they proceed to tell the whole story from beginning to end. Usually to a friend when you are still within hearing distance. Of course, there are also those who do the whole pantomime thing where they lock their lips and literally say nothing. They might even throw away the key.

I am not so worried about the code of silence period or people telling me the story. I will enjoy the movie when I see it regardless of whether I know the ending or not. Regardless of whether I know anything about the movie or not. Regardless of whether I see the movie in the theater or not. I do not even need to put my fingers in my ears and say, “La, la, la. I can’t hear you,” when people talk about movie around me. If I am going to see it, I will enjoy it.

Still, as of this moment, I have not seen the movie. So do not tell me about it. I would hate to run away with my fingers in my ears.

“La, la, la. I can’t hear you.”

© 2017 Michael T. Miyoshi

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