***Please note that this review contains a few descriptions about the plot***
The moment the Lucasfilm logo appeared on the screen, the entire cinema became deathly silent. In fact, it had been so quiet that you could probably hear a pin drop.
Then the Star Wars logo came on, followed by the traditional words, “…in a galaxy far, far away…”
Excitement about the movie
At this very moment, I had been so excited that I could barely breathe. The moment was finally here, after what had felt like months of anticipation and waiting. It had felt like ages since I had felt this eager about catching a movie.
I think that part of the reason for the excitement had partly been because barely any details have been released about this movie. For example, the plot had been kept very tightly under wraps and the cast was sworn to secrecy. So apart from some rumours floating around the Internet, we could not be entirely sure about anything at all.
Not knowing anything about a movie is generally quite rare in today’s day and age, when movie directors and producers usually can’t wait to spill the beans about their movies, with some even giving away important plot details in the movie trailers.
Then the movie started, with the traditional Star Wars 3D scrolling text moving across the screen. This was it. The moment of truth was here. I was going to finally find out what happens in this long-awaited movie saga.
Kept on edge of my seat
Throughout the entire 137 minutes of screen time, I had been kept on the edge of my cinema seat. I may have needed to go to the bathroom halfway, but I had been on such tenterhooks that I was unable to leave my seat, for fear of missing even a single minute of the action.
The story takes place about 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. The last Jedi Master in existence, Luke Skywalker, has vanished.
In his absence, the First Order – Dark Side users of the Force – has risen – and deciphering the whereabouts of Luke will be the key to restoring order in the Galaxy and bringing down the First Order.
As we probably know already, many of the old characters, such as Han Solo, Leia and C3PO are back and it feels good to see these familiar faces, mingled together with the new leads Rey and Finn and the other new characters as well.
The new droid BB8 is also a joy to watch, and I can definitely see that he will become a favourite with both kids and adults alike.
But it is quite clear that the baton is being passed to the new characters and that the weight of the Galaxy is now on their shoulders.
Key plot points felt recycled
There are many key points in the story, which may have felt recycled from the earlier movies though, perhaps with a light bit of tweaking involved.
For example, without mentioning specific details, as like in the previous Star Wars movies, family connections play a role in this movie and is involved in the death of a familiar character.
Still though, I am not complaining about the storyline not being completely original, as the entertainment value had been certainly there.
The movie will keep Star Wars fans happy
As a whole though, I think that this movie really takes you back to the classic Star Wars era. The show felt like just how a Star Wars movie should be. In fact, it is as though the Anakin Skywalker prequels, which had been rather disappointing for many, had never existed.
I feel that the movie will certainly keep Star Wars fans happy. There is plenty of action right from the get-go and you are plunged right into the thick of things, and meeting key characters in the early part of the film.
But the movie does keep you wanting more. The Force Awakens, to some extent, whets your appetite and the ending is shocking and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next at the same time. Indeed, it feels as though the action is only beginning.
I simply can’t wait for 2017 – when the second instalment of this new trilogy is released into cinemas – and find out what the director, JJ Abrams has in store next. But from news reports online, a Star Wars origin-story involving familiar characters, will be released into cinemas next year to whet appetites more.