Length: 136minsRating: PG-13Release Date: 18 December 2015 (USA)Tagline: "Every generation has a story."
30 years after the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire, Rey, a scavenger from the planet Jakku, finds a BB-8 droid that knows the whereabouts of the long lost Luke Skywalker.
Rey, as well as a rogue stormtrooper and two smugglers, are thrown into the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the daunting legions of the First Order.
I think it’s been out long enough now that I can safely write about this great movie without people getting angry at me for spilling spoilers. However! If you still haven’t seen it, then please do no read on.
Where to start, where to start. Perhaps just quickly saying that a bunch of friends and I headed to the midnight showing here in Auckland, and we all dressed up/I made everyone dress up. I ended up going with 5 of my guy friends and so making them dress up was a little hard, but eventually I got there. Two just had masks on, a Vadar mask and a Stormtrooper mask, one dress up as a Jedi, and one dressed up as Princess Leia. You read correctly. He looked awesome. I went as an Ewok, and you can see hat picture here on my Instagram.
“Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.”
So for the purposes of this post, I’m not going to give you a plot summary, because a) it’ll take too long and b) I probably wouldn’t do it justice. If you want to read a summary of the movie, check out this link here. We meet a bunch of new characters in this movie, mainly Rey, a young girl who collects scrap metal just to buy food to live, and Finn, a Storm Trooper with a consciousness. Oh and BB-8, the new little robot with a huge personality, and Kylo Ren, the resident bad guy who is probably just misunderstood.
I think a lot of fans of the original series (we tend to avoid talking about the prequels…how not-as-good were they?) were a bit worried about the new movie. I think it was going to either be worse than the prequels, or amazing. Thankfully, it was amazing, and I think I heaved a sigh of relief. One of the things that I loved most about this movie was how it went back to the originals in terms of humour and the way it was filmed. There were so many great references and lines from the original movies, and that made the whole thing 100% better. If you hadn’t seen the originals (I know some people who hadn’t seen them when they went to The Force Awakens – crazy, but true), then there would have been references lost on them.
While the story line at times seemed like a repeat of A New Hope (there’s a droid and it has a key message for someone, and there’s a bad guy in a mask and there’s fighter pilots that have a bad planet-like system to destroy, and there’s a young person just figuring out who they are and what the force is etc etc), I think it was different enough to be a great beginning to this next series of three movies. It also felt at times that it was just setting it up for the next two movies, but I guess that there has to be some of that to make the trilogy work as a whole. I think it was fine with everything.
And here comes the big spoiler: I figured that someone would die in this film. All three of the original main characters were back, Luke, Leia and Han, as well as Chewy, but you can’t really have all of them back in a series that will continue like it will, nor one that’s 30 years in the future. So I figured someone would die, and it wouldn’t be Luke because he’s the one the entire galaxy is looking for, so I thought it would either be Han or Chewy, and then as soon as Han and Chewy are in the same place as Kylo Ren (which hey! Turns out is Han and Leia’s son, which was kinda obvious anyway) then I knew Han was gonna be killed. But just because I knew it was going to happen doesn’t make it any less upsetting. Han Solo was always my favourite character in the original series, and while I understand why they killed him off, it still hurts my geeky heart.
There’s probably more I could ramble on about, but I’ll leave you with that. I’m definitely looking forward to the next movies and seeing Rey and Finn and BB-8 and their stories. But seriously, Disney, why do I have to wait so long to see the next one!?