Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally in theaters!
I literally rushed to see it on Thursday evening. I had a commitment prior to my screening which was running long so I had to first run home, change, then quickly head on over to the theater. Just to be safe, I had bought two tickets just in case the first theater was too crowded. I am glad I did!
I ended up seeing the movie around 11:00, but the theater was only a quarter full so it ended up working out.
It is a fantastic film!
There is more sincere filmmaking in this film in the first 15 minutes, then there are in the entirety of the sequels. It feels like the universe you are watching actually exists and is not some giant CGI creation. You see what it takes to survive in some parts of the Star Wars universe. It is not easy!
This film has none of “lets make the kids happy” characters and jokes that were brazenly inserted into the sequels and arguably into Return of the Jedi (Yes, I am referring to the Ewoks).
Instead of trying to capture everything that is going on in the Star Wars universe thirty years later, the creators made the wise decision to only show us a sliver of what is going on. Unlike the prequels where we learn about trade disputes, peek into galactic Senate meetings, this film only gives us a small glance into what is happening. That is probably a good thing.
Probably the only gripe I have after one screening is there is no strong musical theme from the film. Yes, there is the opening Star Wars theme we typically hear, but there is no “Imperial March” from The Empire Strikes Back or even Duel of the Fates (think Darth Maul) from The Phantom Menace. I am seeing the movie again today, so perhaps that impression will change. Again, this is a very minor, minor criticism, if you can call it that.
Regardless, if you plan to see the film, see it ASAP! There are major, MAJOR potential spoilers and the longer you wait, the longer you will mistakenly find out what happens.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an amazing film. It is as good if not better than A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.