I was born into Star Wars, just as my parents were.
My earliest memories as a child are of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Whereas the generation before me grew up on Episodes IV, V and VI, I was two or three years old when I first saw The Phantom Menace. As a child, I loved Jar Jar Binks. I thought he was hilarious.
So when I first heard that Lucas Films was bought by Disney and that they were making new Star Wars movies, I thought to myself, “Oh great, instead of light saber fights we will have Jedi dancing and singing.”
Everyone, including myself, had very high expectations for the new Star Wars movies because George Lucas did not want any more Star Wars movies to be created after he created Episodes I, II and III.
I was fortunate enough to get into one of the very first showings of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. The theatre was packed. Every single seat in the theatre had someone sitting in it, which was not a surprise to me, since this movie was a huge deal for Star Wars fans. Luckily for me, I had a seat in the very center of the theater.
Episode VII takes place, “[t]hirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, [when] the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights” (Eventful Movies).
I loved how Disney brought some of the original cast back for the new movies, including Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Peter Mayhew as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and Kenny Baker as R2-D2. The new cast played their roles very well, too, which surprised me, since a lot of the new cast were children, like me, when the earlier films were released.
The previews for the movie were a little misleading, since they started out with Luke speaking, but Luke was barely in the movie. The previews mostly showed how mysterious Kylo Ren was, even though halfway through the movie you find out exactly who he is as well as his history (don’t worry, I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it). The previews made me feel as if the actual movie itself was a completely different film than what the previews lead me to anticipate.
Despite all the hype surrounding the movie, everything from Star Wars cereals to Star Wars phone commercials, I believe the movie lived up to the hype.
Believe it or not, Disney actually did an amazing job making The Force Awakens. They used fewer special effects than Episodes I, II and III, but a few more than Episodes IV, V and VI, which made it feel like a true Star Wars movie, as George Lucas intended. They also brought back the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo’s old space ship, which made fans go crazy. Disney did not make The Force Awakens stand out too much compared to the old Star Wars movies, which made for a Star Wars-lover’s dream.
From start to finish, Disney with Lucas Films kept all the Star Wars fans interested throughout the entire film. As always, there was a hint of romance within the film for those romantic-lovers in the audience, with Finn falling for Rey and the ongoing romance between Leia and Han Solo. Although there was romance, there was still a lot of intense action on the battlefield. They did not disappoint with the suspenseful light saber battle near the very end of the movie, even though Kylo Ren had a very different and kind of weird look to his light saber. The light saber battle left fans sitting on the edges of their seats, awaiting the battle’s outcome.
I really enjoyed Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and I would highly recommend it to not only those who enjoyed the original Star Wars movies, but to those who have not seen the previous movies as well. I was very surprised that Disney did a good job making a Star Wars movie. I expect that next installments in the Star Wars industry, Episodes VIII and IX, and the side movies they are creating in between the new episodes, to be as excellent as all previous Star Wars movies, including Episode VII.