XL Popcorn – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Progress: 907/1009Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Director: J. J. Abrams
Year: 2015
Country: USA

Okay, so maybe if I had my Cineworld membership card back in 2015 I would have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the time and in the cinema. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Star Wars, even if I was taken to see the remastered versions of the original trilogy in the cinema when I was a lot younger.

By now (thanks to a mixture of general cultural osmosis, Reddit and the Newcomers podcast) I went into this film knowing pretty much everything about it. Probably also did not help that this is the first in a now completed trilogy so it’s pretty common knowledge which actors are not there in the end because of either narrative reasons or their real life deaths.

Since I am not really a fan of the franchise, I can’t say that I went into this expecting too much. Like we recently re-watched the original Star Wars and it was… fine. It’s a good popcorn movie and it feels like as long as I approach these films like that, I can enjoy them. So… guess I can say that I enjoyed The Force Awakens. Sat at home eating my lime Doritos, under a blanket and laying on the couch. Would this have been better on the big screen? Undoubtedly. Was this still a fun way to watch? Absolutely.

I guess the thing that I appreciated about The Force Awakens was the thing that a bunch of people had a problem with – that it makes more than a strong nod to the original Star Wars. I liked that there were parallels between Rey’s and Luke’s origins. I also really liked Finn, the idea of having a stormtrooper defect is great and John Boyega worked brilliantly. I wish there had been more of Oscar Issac and Lupita Nyong’o, but that’s what the rest of the movies are for.

That’s right, the rest of the movies. Having seen The Force Awakens I am actually now interested in seeing the rest of the trilogy to see where the story goes. I know there are some issues with how they deal with the ‘relationship’ between Rey and Kylo Ren, but I know there are porgs in my future and I think it is almost time I meet them.

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