I finally managed to find a spare few hours to go and treat myself to the newest instalment in the Star Wars franchise, and I should tell you all straight from the off that I absolutely loved it.
I’m not going to post a review about it because frankly it wouldn’t really be necessary. I have no real critique for the film, I loved it that much. Therefore, I decided it’d just be easier if I shared my thoughts with you in a brief note form.
Fair warning. There will be plot spoilers below. Do not read any further if you don’t want it spoiled!
So, without further ado…
- The iconic Star Wars rolling text kicked off the film, and was really useful in order to give more context about the plot. It was also a lovely link back to the older films.
- The movie is very friendly to new viewers. I have seen the original Star Wars movies, however, I only remember key moments from them. It turns out that you don’t really need much knowledge of this universe at all to thoroughly enjoy this movie.
- How adorable is the relationship between Poe and BB-8?
- Actually- how adorable was BB-8 in general?
- Rey is absolutely a fantastic hero. She was played to perfection by Daisy Ridley and is definitely the true hero of the story, despite how the ads make it look like John Boyega’s Finn is the main hero.
- I love how Star Wars still has strong themes about family.
- Chewbacca steals every scene he’s in.
- Maz Kanata reminded me of a mix between Yoda and E.T.
- The droids (C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8) share a couple of great, and strangely moving scenes together.
- I would’ve liked to see more of Poe Dameron.
- Kylo Ren was possibly my favourite character throughout. He was never wholly evil. I’m incredibly glad J J Abrams decided to keep this character alive because I’m very interested to see where they’re going to take him next.
- The fateful scene between Kylo and Han Solo, in which Kylo kills him, was so tense that I’m 99% sure I stopped breathing at one point. Utterly breath-taking.
- There are some very emotional scenes.
- Unfortunately one of those scenes wasn’t Han’s death. I expected I would feel more emotional for that, but I didn’t. It didn’t feel like he got the send-off the character deserved. I wanted Leia blubbing and inconsolable, but instead she just looked a bit depressed. Rey was in floods of tears. It didn’t feel right that Rey was more visibly upset about Han’s death than Leia was.
- I loved how the entire storyline revolved around finding Luke Skywalker and when Rey eventually finds him and offers him his lightsaber, the credits roll. It was incredibly impactful. Mark Hamill was only in the movie for one scene and doesn’t say a word, but his facial expression in that scene told a million words.
- WATCH THE DAMN MOVIE! IT WAS SO GOOD!