Opinions Reviews — 29 January 2016
Opinions: Staffer enjoys late-night showing of ‘Star Wars’

All Star Wars geeks have waited for this day to come. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally been released. Many of the force followers watched this movie on the opening weekend of Dec. 15, 2015, and it was the fastest movie on record to reach $1 billion, according to CNN. I was able to go see this movie, and I must say, it was great.

Sure, there are some graphics and planets that were different from the first six episodes, and it is not under the direction of the original director, George Lucas, but I personally do not think that is a downfall for the movie because the new directors from Disney were able to take up from where the last movie left off. Even some of the original characters returned for this movie, such as Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Mark Hamilton as Luke Skywalker.

The movie begins with the First Order and the Resistance both looking for a map that leads to the long-lost Luke Skywalker. A stormtrooper gone rogue, Finn (John Boyega), and a sand scraper, Rey (Daisy Ridley), come together to take on Ben Solo, better known as Kylo Ren, who is the leader of the First Order and Han’s and Leia’s son. This led to the first encounter between Han, Chewbacca, Rey and Finn on the Millennium Falcon, or the ship that Han and Chewbacca flew in the original three movies, Episodes IV, V and VI. Han and Chewbacca get their ship back and are taken to Maz Kanata, voiced by Lupita Nyong’o, who gives Rey her first insight of her force powers. She runs out and does not want to face the facts, and that is when the First Order appears, looking for the map. They kidnap Rey and take her to their base, and Finn, Han and Chewbacca have to free her. They free her, and they end up in a light saber battle between Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren. The First Order’s base was destroyed, and the Resistance returned home. Rey set out to find Luke Skywalker to end the movie.

In conclusion, this movie as better than I expected. I really enjoyed watching the 10:45 p.m. showing of the movie on Jan. 9 and staying up until 1 a.m., watching this far-out force. I recommend going to see it if you have not, and if you choose to go watch like I did, may the force be with you.

Article and photo by Brandon Mallon, staff member

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