So like most other people in the world, I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend. I’ve been counting down for months, waiting, anticipating, and then bam! It’s here. Thankfully the theater I go to is awesome and you select your seat when purchasing tickets which means no waiting in line for hours to try and avoid sitting in the front row.
I even planned out a Darth Vader Casual Cosplay outfit to wear. Sadly there were not a lot of people dressed up (I guess all of the hardcore people went Thursday night instead of Friday), but there were a few and it made me happy. I was thrilled with how my outfit turned out and although I felt a bit more burlesque than Sith lord, I think it worked 🙂
First let me preface this with I loved the movie (and also, SPOILERS AHEAD). As someone who didn’t grow up on Star Wars and was taken to see episode 1 in theaters as my first Star Wars experience, well, this was like a warm hug and an apology for all of the prequel wrongs. It was a bit predictable, but satisfying all the same.
The first glimpse of Kylo Ren made him seem truly untouchable and scary. Stopping blaster beams with his hands – that’s some serious Force skill and I’ll admit I was a bit in awe. I wondered if he would be taking the place of my beloved Vader, but by the end he definitely did not. Ren is actually Ben Solo, son of Han and Leia and he’s got a lot of maturing to do. I have no idea how old he is supposed to be in the movie, but his actions were like that of a teen. Whenever things didn’t go how he wanted, he threw massive temper tantrums and smashed things. Even the Stormtroopers were so used to it that they just turned around and walked off when they heard him in a fit of rage. You can see that he’s struggling – he’s feeling the call to the Light yet is craving the Dark and at the end you can almost see that his struggle has ended when he kills his father, Han (which made me cry, but Han went out knowing this was a potential and still tried to save his son regardless). That scene left me sad because how can we have Star Wars without Han Solo, yet I was expecting it to happen. It was very well done and didn’t feel needless in the slightest. I appreciated that Ren was really having that moment, going back and forth in his mind of do I hand over this lightsaber and go home or make me transformation to the Dark Side complete. Kylo Ren has a lot of potential, but right now he’s basically like Darth Tantrum to me and I’m curious to see how his character evolves.
The story felt a bit like a repeat of A New Hope, but with a fresh spin and I really liked it. Rey and Finn were a bit reminiscent of Luke and Leia. I absolutely loved both of them. Rey was everything I could’ve ever wanted from a female lead character – she was strong, fiercely independent, yet still caring and wasn’t afraid of showing how she felt. When she kept telling Finn to stop holding her hand I couldn’t help but give her a little mental high five. Finn was equally fantastic. He’s scared – he just left The First Order because despite being a mindless Stormtrooper, his conscience kicked in and he just couldn’t stomach what they were doing. A fugitive on the run, but with a heart of gold makes him an outstanding character. The two of them together make an outstanding team and one that I’m excited to see again. And let me not forget my new favorite droid, BB-8. Not only was he ridiculously cute, but he was funny and I just know he’s going to have a big part in helping to save the galaxy.
Seeing Han and Leia come together again made my heart smile. I loved their hug scene and I just found it touching that although their son turning to the Dark Side sort of tore them apart, they still clearly loved each other and wanted what was best for their family. I hate knowing they won’t be together again, but I know Leia will fight for Ren. The end hug with Leia and Rey (perhaps mother and daughter) was equally heartwarming and sad. Although Leia’s acting didn’t impress me much (sorry y’all) and her voice really threw me for a loop, I still love her.
My biggest disappointment in the movie was Captain Phasma. When she first walked onto the screen I quite literally said hell yes! She’s here, she’s here, now let’s see what she can do! Sadly, she basically did next to nothing aside from lower the shields of the new Death Planet (not sure what it’s actually it’s called). I mean, seriously? She’s this bad ass leader of the Stormtroopers and yet they ask her once to lower the shields and she just obliges. Disappointing at best and she was a character I was most looking forward to watching. Abrams claims she’s one of his favorite characters, so she really needs to step up her game in the next movie because this was just not impressive in the slightest.
I still have many questions – like why does Luke’s lightsaber call to Rey, who are Rey’s parents, and just how big and who is Snoke? Part of me thinks Rey is Ren’s brother and was hidden away after Ren and Han left to keep her safe. In my opinion, Ren’s constant referral to “That Girl” and how quickly he takes his mask off for her makes me feel like he knows her and her serious Force skills, like his, makes me think they’re related. If that’s true, their initial lightsaber battle just became even more epic.
The movie felt familiar in a sense, but with some new faces along the way. I enjoyed it and thought everything was well done. There wasn’t an overload of digital and CGI stuff that made it feel completely unrealistic. It flowed well with what the originals did (obviously with some updates) in a way that was totally different and appreciated from how they did the prequels. There were many parallel moments – like blowing up a Death Star – to A New Hope, but I loved it all the same.
Did you see The Force Awakens? What were your thoughts?