Finally, after managing to avoid any spoilers on the internet (fear not, there are none here), I have seen The Force Awakens and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Still, how exactly did this – one of the most hyped films of all time – deliver what audiences were craving, even accounting for all of the excitement and expectations?
Here are 5 reasons why the Disney Star Wars is worth seeing.
1. Kylo Ren
To go into great detail about this character would ruin elements of the film. Even so, he needed to be in this list because, for me, he is one of the key elements and best contributors to the film’s success. His mechanical voice is menacing and sinister, which suits his aggressive nature perfectly. His presence excites and grips me almost as much as Darth Vader did in A New Hope! Whenever he is on-screen you feel worried about what he is going to do next and guilty for looking forward to it. To be a likeable villain is a hard task for any actor, so I really have to praise Adam Driver for putting in the best performance of the film.
BB8 is another welcome addition to the Star Wars family. He contributes a lot to the film in terms of humor and light relief, particularly after one of Kylo Ren’s more intense scenes. The way he moves and talks will be embraced by children of all ages, he has a great bond with all of the Resistance and, just like R2-D2 before him, he is often involved in providing invaluable intel to his allies. No wonder the toys are flying off the shelves!
3. The Soundtrack
John Williams has struck gold once again with his soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The classic theme gave me the same tingly feeling and buzz of anticipation as when I saw the classic movies, even now as an adult. The sound effects really make you feel like you’re in the battles and chases with the “phrooms” of ships and, of course, the ever-present “pew pew” of blaster fire. Another solid reason to see Episode VII – even if you (for some reason) went with a blindfold, the score and sound effects will give you that hit of nostalgia
4. J.J Abrams
I was apprehensive at first when I learned that J.J Abrams was directing The Force Awakens. I enjoy his work but, with the likes of Lost, Fringe, and even the new Star Trek films, I was apprehensive to see what he would do with the much beloved Star Wars license. In his previous works I found myself getting disinterested with the plots and characters; thankfully this was not the case here. I was gutted when the film ended (for more than one reason) because I enjoyed pretty much every minute of it. The new characters are intriguing enough on their own to make you want to watch the inevitable sequels, and I hope Mr Abrams is involved in the next film.
5. It’s A New Star Wars Film
As much as some people might be annoyed at the huge marketing campaign the new film has brought along with it. I think it is a case of brilliant timing. There has been enough time between the original trilogy and the prequels to appeal to a variety of generations; I almost feel jealous that some children will get to binge all six films and then see the new one. And don’t get me started on the toys! I would have loved my cereal to have had Darth Vader on it, but then again, I probably would have cried when he ended up in the bin… But I digress! I think that a heavily Star Wars influenced Christmas was a good thing, from the comics to The Force Awakens itself actually living up to the hype and then some.
Well done Disney. So far so good.
Not too far, far away from the style of A New Hope either!