#TheForceAwakens – What to do when you can’t see the movie?

So today’s the day – the day I have to face quite possibly the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my life:

Do I or do I not spoilerize Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

‘Heathen!’, you might shriek, for even suggesting such a thing. But here me out. Under normal circumstances, I would be just like you – closing my eyes and ears and my Google Chrome browser until I have the chance to make it to the theatres to experience it for myself.
But, sadly, that option is not available to me. At least not in the foreseeable future. I’m over 400km away from Adelaide and my favourite cinema. I have no days off enough to make the trip. At this stage, it’s looking like at least six weeks until I can see it. Six weeks! That’s a whole ‘nother year!

So do I really keep myself wrapped up in my bubble, yet another barrier built between me and the world beyond, hoping against hope that the secret is kept until I go see the movie, or do I take that jump and just read the spoilers?

Let’s face it – the likelihood is that I could not remain spoiler-free for that long. People may be polite about it for a week, maybe two, but at some point we will pass the threshold of ‘acceptable time’ for everyone to have seen it in, and people will stop tagging what they write. Would it be worse, for me to seek this information for myself, or to randomly stumble upon it, and ruin all the effort I exerted to remain in blissful ignorance?
Besides, would it actually ruin the movie? I’ve heard spoilers for movies before – I knew that Darth Vader was Luke’s father, I knew that Gandalf wasn’t dead in LOTR, I spent the entirety of the third Hobbit film going, “But I don’t want them to die!” about Fili, Kili and Thorin, I knew Brad Pitt was Edward Norton in Fight Club, I knew Bruce Willis was a ghost.
Did knowing these things before hand ruin the film for me, or did they make me feel like I belonged to the special club of ‘The Knowing’? I guess I’ll never know.

So, yes, I may try to hold out on knowing what may happens in Star Wars, and GOD HELP YOU IF YOU RUIN IT FOR ME, but at some stage I will have to take the plunge and just find out for myself. Because I don’t know if I’ll cope if the biggest film of 2015 is ruined by some random meme someone posted on Facebook.

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