I watched the new Star Wars film last Sunday. Before I tell you how I feel about it let me outline to you my affection for the Star Wars universe.
When I was small, before I can even rightly remember, I was obsessed with the first three movies. My favorite at the time being Return of the Jedi. And having parents that encouraged this I received two cassette tapes. One being the Return of the Jedi audio play for the movie, and another called Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell.
I liked the Ord Mantell story, but I was obsessed with Return of the Jedi. I don’t know how many years I did this, but I used to listen to at least one side of that cassette a night. At one point in time I could easily quote the entire movie word for word with no issue. These days I can still get through the majority of it. In fact I did a quick rendition of it doing all the voices on a recording when I was in grade school.
This all being said I was ecstatic to hear news of the original trilogy being re-released in theaters, this time with new things being included. I went and watched them, and was disappointed with the effects being used, and I didn’t really like anything new that was added. But I still watched all three.
Then news of a new trilogy came out. At the time I didn’t know they were prequels, and was extremely excited to see what Luke, Leia and Han would do. And then I heard they would be a prequel and would be about Darth Vader. I thought that sounded pretty cool too, and was as excited as a person could be when the first movie came out.
When I finally saw the movie I came away not hating it, but certainly not loving it like I had the originals. I didn’t watch it again until I had watched all three prequels, but by the time the last one came out I was extremely disappointed already.
I didn’t find joy with episodes I-III until I saw some reviews about them that explained in hilarious detail why they were so bad, but by then it was just because they were such a joke. I feared I might never enjoy a movie in that universe again.
And that is how I went into “The Force Awakens”. Completely broken with no hope that it would be any good. So as I began my journey, sitting in really the perfect spot for the movie in a theater that wasn’t as crowded as opening night would have been. I began to shake.
I was full of doubt and dread that my beloved childhood film would be once more tainted by people who didn’t seem to care as much as I did. The opening crawl came upon the screen with the familiar John Williams score, and I still was filled with doubt. But when I saw that the crawl looked to be just as slightly jittery as the originals I began to feel a glimmer of hope. This wasn’t some poorly rendered text flying across a screen, it looked like it was done like it had been in the past. Of course that might have been because of a poor copy, or a bad projection, but I didn’t see any problems with it elsewhere.
I was like this through the first half of the movie, but I began to open up to hope again as it progressed. By the end of the movie I was in tears. Not because I was sad, and not because there is a sad moment in the film, but because it wasn’t horrible. I had to contain myself until I reached the car, but then I was a blubbering mess.
The movies I had loved as a child, and then the movies that had destroyed much of that enjoyment, had returned to the light side. It’s a good movie. It really is. It’s fun. It’s exciting, and oh boy is the sound of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber amazing.
This all being said there are some downsides… Mostly with inconsistencies in plot that weren’t explained, and the music feeling old and over used. I’m not saying I dislike the old music from episodes IV V and VI, but they almost seemed out-of-place in parts. The one thing I can say about the prequels is that they had a fantastic new song. DUEL OF FATES!
This all being said I would highly recomend this movie to fans. I think even knew people to the franchise would enjoy it. It can be a little silly in places, and perhaps they have too many call backs that kinda take you out of the film, but all in all I liked it an awful lot.
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