I didn’t see any Star Wars films until I was 17, and even then I only saw Episodes 1-4. Aka the prequels and the original film. So when the new Star Wars film was announced I wasn’t really fussed, because, well, I didn’t care about the original six films. Of course, by law of averages, some of my friends love Star Wars. And that’s how I ended up seeing Episode VII Star Wars: The Force Awakens the day it came out.
Warning: Spoilers abound.
The first thing I have to say is that it was very weird seeing it on the day it came out as a non-pre-existing fan. The cinema had hired a Wookie, a Storm Trooper and a character that I still don’t know who it is. And of course, they decided I was the best person out of my group of friends to talk to. I have one of those faces, you know. And the cinema was full. Absolutely packed and everyone was so very excited. As someone who was and still feels kind of eh about the original films, I felt very out of place.
And then the film started. So yeah. You’ve read the title of this post. You know where this is going. I loved it. Like, really loved it. And maybe I didn’t get all of the references and maybe I thought the old guy at the start was Obi Wan Kenobi (kinda hard when he died in an earlier film), but it was such a good film. I’m not sure how best to structure this so I’m going to go for a list of all the things I loved.
Oh my god, Rey is incredible. Kickass, mechanic, pilot, emotional, caring, quick thinking. She’s everything I ever wanted in a female heroine. She’s so great.
- No romantic plot
The only stated romantic plot in The Force Awakens is Han and Leia. Nothing was shoehorned in to make Rey have a boyfriend or to have unrequited feelings for another character. She makes friends and it doesn’t go further. I can’t remember the last time I watched a film where the lead was a woman and there was no romantic story line.
Leia’s incredible. Super incredible. A General with excellent hair who carries on through major personal grief. I want to be her.
- How good a film it is
I’ve seen The Force Awakens twice now. That’s how good it was. And the second time I saw it? I wasn’t bored once. What’s even cooler is that both times I’ve immediately wanted to watch Episode VIII.
- Supporting characters
The internet’s going crazy over Finn and Poe, and quite rightly too. Finn is the sweetest ex-stormtrooper imaginable and Poe is everything I ever wanted from a resistance pilot. They’re great characters and I’m so looking forward to seeing them in the next film.
So there you have it. It’s a fantastic film and I now own much Star Wars merchandise, from a Rey keyring to a resistance mug to a resistance sticker on my laptop. If anyone wants to buy me a BB-8, let me know. Of course, I still haven’t seen Episodes 5 & 6, and to be honest, how much I love Episode VII doesn’t make me want to watch the old ones.
What did you think? Were you disappointed in the lack of Jar Jar Binks? Is General Hux just a death eater version of Bill Weasley? Will the resistance ever look less then fabulous? My comments section is open.