BEWARE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Discussion

Once again…THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS IN THIS POST…PLEASE DON’T READ ON IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM AND DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANY SPOILERS…The last thing I want to do is spoil anyone’s viewing of arguably the biggest film of all time so you have been warned…anyway, let’s get into it…

This past week for me, has been like nothing else in terms of a run-up to film. I don’t remember any time in my film loving life when one film has cause so much buzz. This of course, made it almost unable to live up to some people’s ridiculous hype but let’s start off with this statement…The Force Awakens was exactly, and I mean, exactly what I was looking for!

I can’t say it much better than this guy.

The tone, to start, was the same as the Original Trilogy and I think that was the most important part that J.J Abrams (Now the most relieved man in directing history) got exactly right. It recaptured the magic that the Original Trilogy had and while, obviously, not quite as good as the originals, in my opinion, it came perfectly close enough…like I said, it was exactly what I was looking for. The Force Awakens had the same humour elements that the originals have, it has the same depictions of ultimate good vs ultimate evil and the new characters were all very likeable and bring new, interesting things to the saga.

Now, let’s discuss the older characters, coming back into this film from the original trilogy and the most important one of those in this film was Han Solo. Harrison Ford has certainly not forgotten how to play this role and he brought the same likeability, humour and ultimate badass-ery that made his character so memorable in the originals. Now let’s get on to some spoilers shall we…so for one last time…SPOILERS ARE NEXT…I BEG YOU TO PLEASE GO AWAY FROM THIS DISCUSSION IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE FILM!!!!

Han Solo meets his end in The Force Awakens, at the hands of Kylo Ren who we also learn is the son of Han and Leia. Han and Leia never did marry but did become parents to a Jedi who, like his grandfather, one Darth Vader, turned to the dark side of the force. I thought of Kylo Ren, at one point during the film, as a weak villain…certainly a cool one, but a weak one. When he and Han are standing on that thin bridge in the Star Destroyer and he looks as though he’s going to go back and join his father, I thought to myself ‘No, I don’t want that…stay bad Kylo, just for a bit longer’…then he killed arguably the most popular character in Star Wars history and his own father. I was shocked to the core. I had avoided quite a lot of speculation talk before seeing it as I wanted to go in knowing about the new characters but not having anything in my mind about what would happen, who would be related to who etc.

That’s why Han’s death shocked me so much…and that’s why I think it was one of the best moments in Star Wars film history. No fan wanted to see such a legendary character meet his death and the hands of that tri-pronged lightsaber but you can’t deny that it was a very bold move by the writers and one that I feel, wasn’t necessarily wanted as no-one wanted him to die, but one that will be memorable for all the right reasons…a terrific scene…Rest In Peace Han Solo, a tear rolls down my cheek as I write this now.

Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren’s mother who is another very welcome presence in The Force Awakens has beautiful chemistry with Han Solo, her former lover who we, presume hasn’t seen her for a long time. You can tell they still have those same feelings for each other though but that it just didn’t work out between them. I also think that was the perfect way to go about that story…having watched it now. And guess who also shows up with Leia, C-3PO, again played by Anthony Daniels who doesn’t have quite the part he did in the originals but brings a great amount of delight and his standard brand of humour and entertainment.

Of course, how can we forget about Chewie (Peter Mayhew) who, like Han, is literally no different and it was perfect. The same loveable walking carpet that we all grew up with. R2-D2, who is also wonderful to see again on screen has a rather small role but an understandably small one when we learn about Luke Skywalker…now how about we talk about Luke.

I don’t think anyone knew what Luke’s role was going to be in this film…but I will say that I was ultimately satisfied with his involvement. He is in exile after one of his new Jedi students turns on him and therefore R2-D2 has been in ‘low power mode’ ever since, something which 3PO worries he’ll never get out of and become his old self again. Luke Skywalker appears for a single scene at the very, very end of the film and it’s honestly incredible. Throughout the film, I was thinking ‘Come on Luke, I know they’re going to find you at some point’ and I don’t think it could have ended any better. I can’t describe my excitement for Episode VIII now after that last scene set it up so well. Oh and in case it wasn’t clear, when they found Luke, R2 comes back to his true self.

Unless I’m missing something serious, I believe that’s all I have to say about the old characters…just that their inclusion was exactly how it should’ve been.

Now how about the new guys, Finn, Rey, Poe, Kylo Ren, Maz Kanata, BB-8, General Hux, Captain Phasma, Snoke…let’s talk about them shall we. Finn (John Boyega) is a delight to watch, funny and actually felt like a real person which is far more than can be said for anyone in the prequels…plus he also wields the legendary blue lightsabre of Luke and Anakin Skywalker to fight Kylo Ren. He’s a great addition to the Star Wars galaxy as a stormtrooper of the First Order who rejects the evil organisation to help star fighter pilot, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), escape the First Order’s capture, meets Rey (Daisy Ridley) on Jakku and becomes one of the new band of heroes and Boyega is incredibly likeable in doing so.

Rey, one of  the other main protagonists of the film is also a very, very good addition…there’s literally nothing I can find wrong with any of these new heroes. She is a fantastic character and completely badass in her own way…the force is definitely strong with her…nothing was unveiled about her past but my best guess is that she’s a Skywalker, which makes the final scene when she takes the lightsaber to Luke even more interesting. Poe is the coolest Star Wars character since Han Solo in my opinion and he forms a great friendship with Finn after Finn helps him escape Kylo Ren and the First Order’s clutches. I have no doubt they’ll continue to delight us Star Wars fans in the remaining films of this new trilogy.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) I already talked about when I discussed Han Solo. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata is also great…I actually really liked her character. BB-8 is definitely the new R2…that’s all I think I have to say about him. Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, I actually thought was fantastic in his ‘Grand Moff Tarkin-esque’ role. We didn’t really see that much of Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) but I still enjoyed her character…hopefully we can see more of her in the rest of the trilogy. And Snoke (Andy Serkis) seems powerful as hell…granted we only saw him in hologram form but I look forward to see more of him…there’s no-one I look more forward to seeing than Luke Goddamm Skywalker though.

Of course, appearances from the Millennium Falcon, still the main ship of the film as well as a cantina oh-so-similar to Mos Eisley, Admiral Ackbar, Nien Nunb and a mission to disarm the shields on the First Order’s ‘man made battle planet’ (I apologise I forget the name) so similar to that of Obi-Wan on the Death Star were incredible to see and made it all more of a beautiful cinema-going exeprience.

Hopefully that’s all you wanted to hear me say about The Force Awakens…in short, it was exactly what I hoped it would be and I could not be more delighted…the force has truly awoken, my friends and I look forward to many more viewings of this great movie!!

To be honest, I’m not sure that’s done it justice.

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