(This review may contain spoilers).
Star Wars having been one of the things I pretty much grew up on, I was actually really looking forward to episode seven. I’d seen the trailer a few times and was excited enough about it to book for the midnight showing.
I thought this was a really good, entertaining addition to the Star Wars franchise. I loved Rey’s character. I thought she came across as a particularly strong person and I formulated some theories about her towards the end. It was good to see the way she interacted with the other characters… and in particular, how she viewed Han Solo.
I also especially liked Finn’s character. I thought his backstory was intriguing and he had a lot of amusing lines. I also especially liked his interactions with the droids… as well as the bromance he had going with Poe. This film was a bit darker than the original trilogy, but I was drawn into it really easily and found myself avidly watching.
I noticed there were quite a few parallels with A New Hope, even though there were also quite a lot of differences. It was interesting that this movie didn’t dwell so much on the Force and the Jedi… even though they were a fairly integral part of the story.
It was incredibly cool to see Han and Chewie appear, but a bit sad to realise the problems that had arisen after the events of the previous trilogy. I liked seeing Leia again and how she and Han interacted together. I also especially liked seeing C-3PO… though I was confused about why he had a red arm.
There were quite a few elements in this movie that I wasn’t expecting and I thought there was a really good atmospheric feel to it. It’s an entirely new storyline and one that seems strong enough to carry through an entire trilogy. The characters are likable and easy to care about and there are a lot of really intense scenes. I would definitely watch this film again and buy the DVD version.
Oh… there’s no point in staying till the end of the credits. There’s no extra scene.