Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Written by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt and George Lucas
Directed by J.J. Abrams
“Chewie, we’re home.” ~ Han Solo
Alright, so I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens this past Saturday and have wanted to write something about it since then, but its a challenge to write anything as I am a strong believer in not spoiling a film, especially one like this. This leaves me precariously balancing on the desire not to spoil, and my wanting to write about all the myriad of feelings I had about this movie.
I cried three times, well, four if you could the tears that welled as soon as the music started and the text scrolled. My heart was way, way in. Most of the time I felt like I was holding hands with my young girl self who was so obsessed with the first three films, the girl who wanted to be Leia Organa, and who fell head-over-heels in love with Han Solo. I had her small hand, and she held tight to my forty-something one who still loves, and loved, Leia, Han, and all the new characters, too.
Here are five (non-spoiler) thoughts I have about the movie. I will give it a few months and perhaps around my birthday, in March, I will write a fully-formed, all-inclusive, full-of-spoilers post.
1. Rey. Thank you for a strong female lead who has emotional complexity, independence, strength, flaws, heart and is a hero for young girls (and boys) to look up to in the way I looked up to Leia.
2. The Millennium Falcon. When I first saw it, I cried.
3. Han Solo. You still have my heart. You always, always, always will.
4. Kylo Ren. I really cannot say anything without spoiling, but yeah, I care.
5. Characters. The thing I loved most about the first three Star Wars films (first three as in release, not order) was how character driven they were. I may not have realized that at the time, but it was the characters that I clung to, that I fell for, that I admired and play-pretended to be. The newer films, the “prequels”, lacked that for me, but The Force Awakens got back to it. It is character driven in the very best way, and I loved them all – the old and the new.