In 2015 I went to the cinema a grand total of four times. This was due to a lot of reasons but the main one was and still is that a trip to the cinema now costs more than I spend on running leggings. But there wasn’t a chance I was going to miss seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the big screen.
My review is completely spoiler free but I do talk about the plot. So if you haven’t seen it and don’t want to know what happens in the movie then do not read on.
Years have passed since the end of Episode VI and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is now missing. An evil organisation called the First Order are looking for him as is the Resistance. When all round brilliant pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) gets a clue to Luke’s whereabouts he hides it in the most emotive robot I have ever seen on screen, BB-8. But things go wrong and BB-8 ends up alone on the planet Jakku. There he bumps into scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley) and FN-2187 (John Boyega) – a Stormtrooper who no longer wants to be a Stormtrooper.
I knew none of this when I went into the cinema. I had done no reading, no research, and seen no reviews beforehand. And I loved it like that. I knew nothing and therefore got to discover everything. So part of me doesn’t want to write a lot about what happens in the movie because then you get to experience it all fresh too. Part of me wants to break my promise and tell you everything that happens int he movie. Everything.
But I am not going to do either. I am going to say this: I thoroughly enjoyed it. When the text ‘A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away’ came on screen I felt like I could burst with excitement. The movie was exciting, fun, exhilarating, and there were times in the cinema when people cheered. I cheered when Han Solo came on screen. I cheered when Leia turned up. The movie made me want to go to a Disney store and buy some Rey toys.
It was wonderful to see characters from the past movie, wonderful to see how their lives had changed and what they were doing now. More than that it was brilliant to get to know the new characters – Rey and (the newly re-christened) Finn, as well as Adam Driver’s villainous Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie), and sneer-y General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson). The mission to find Luke gets the characters moving but that quickly becomes a side plot once Other Things Happen and the old characters start to meet and interact with the new.
I had so much fun seeing this movie and I can’t recommend it enough. Even if you haven’t seen the original movies or don’t remember them, go and see this. It was such an accessible way of entering the Star Wars universe.
Now onto the fact that I was in a cinema itself. This has nothing to do with the movie but more to do with the fact that I was in a dark room with strangers.
When of my pet peeves about going to the cinema is having to sit with other people. I know this is the definition of a public cinema but it doesn’t help when the people I am sitting next to are absolutely stupid. Every other bit of dialogue on the screen was met with an echo and a questions. ‘They just said x….does that mean they are doing x?’ ‘Who is she looking for?’ I wanted to pause the movie and explain it to them but since I couldn’t do that I had a good time ranting at the Mothership once we reached home about how stupid people can be.
Moral of the experience – don’t let stupid people ruin the movie for you and try to drown them out if you can.