By Will Fair
Warning: Spoilers throughout!
On Friday December 18, 2015 I had one of the best experiences of my life. Ever since August of 2008, when I first saw Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I have been in love with Star Wars. And now I had the chance to see the first of an amazing trilogy to come. I had been waiting for this movie since 2013, following trailers, news, and collectible releases, and on December 18, the movie had finally arrived.
Before seeing the movie, I waited outside for four hours with a group of friends to make sure that we got good seats. The time drifted by slowly and, by the time the theater doors opened, we were all freezing cold, as if we were on Starkiller Base or the snow planet of Hoth from Star Wars. Luckily, our patience paid off, and we got the best seats in the house, making the experience even more memorable. After 20 agonizing minutes of irrelevant previews, the movie finally started.
When the Lucasfilm logo and “In a galaxy far, far away…” appeared on the screen, my face was filled with delight, and on it was the biggest smile you would ever see. The movie lived up to its hype and more, surpassing its already high expectations. That night will be an experience I will never forget, as the movie amazed me from beginning to end; I loved every second of it. The plot kept me on the edge of my seat with the thrilling storyline being filled with exquisite acting that brought the audience to tears, whether from laughter or sorrow. One moment that really stood out to me while watching the movie was when Han went to talk to Kylo Ren, Solo’s son and the main villain of the film. I was silently praying in my head that he would not die, but I knew it was coming. Eventually, the inevitable came. As the last ray of light vanished behind the horizon, the base was filled with darkness with only the dubious glare of Ren’s lightsaber illuminating the scene of Solo falling to his death after being struck by his son; it was incredibly tragic, but stunning at the same time. Despite this, I was not allowed to mourn his death for long, as I was already consumed by the next scene, showing just how captivating the performance was. If the dictionary was to define “perfect” with a movie, it would be Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
No character stood out to me more than Kylo Ren. Ren struggles with his past and his future expectation to rise as Sith Lord, filling him with hatred fueled by Luke Skywalker. Kylo Ren adds a new aspect to dark-sided characters. He is not extremely powerful like previous Sith such as Darth Sidious or Darth Maul; instead, he doubts and fears. Filled with uncertainty, he swings from the light to the dark side throughout the movie. For example, doubts of his ability to kill his own father show the extent the light side has on him. Nevertheless, he quickly succumbs to the dark side of the Force, such as when he destroys several ship computers after his soldiers fail. Another great part of the character is his appearance. The scarred cloak and the the mask that deepens his voice further add to his ominous figure. It will be incredibly interesting to see how Kylo is developed further in future films.
The new Star Wars movies are being filmed and created by Disney, not George Lucas. While many were scared that Disney would botch the movie or that they would not include death sequences presented in the earlier films, the movie allays all of these fears. Once the movie came out, the fears of Disney disappeared and people loved the film. As reported by the official website, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the highest grossing film of all-time at the domestic box office, surpassing Avatar’s $760.50 million record in just 20 days… [and] also [holding] the record for biggest opening day at the domestic box office ($119.1 million).” While Lucas was personally upset they did not follow his original scripts for the move, people across the world are loving Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has only increased my love for Star Wars (which I thought impossible), and I am so excited for all the future Star Wars films to come!