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I haven’t had that much fun at the movies in a long time. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the most anticipated motion picture ever, and it was worth the wait. Just incase you haven’t seen it yet  (and if not, shame on you) there is a spoiler alert for this article.

In 2005, people were left unsatisfied with the conclusion of George Lucas’ prequel series. It didn’t capture the imagination and fun that the original trilogy possessed. For years people were left with the thought that the saga was done and the story was finished.

But a new hope was found in 2012 when Disney bought the rights to both Lucasfilm, and Star Wars, and announced that a new movie would be released in three years. As a fan and someone who considers both A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back to be the greatest movies ever made, I was skeptical. But when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would be directing, I felt like there was a chance, and I was right to take that chance.

The best scene of the whole movie had to have been Rey and Finn Running from TIE Fighters on Jakku, trying to find a ship. As they are running Finn points out one out of frame, and Daisy replying, “That one is garbage!” after other ships are blown up by TIE Fighters, they are forced to take this “garbage” only for it to move into frame and being presented as none other than, the Millennium Falcon! After seeing Rey pilot the ship by herself (remember Han had Chewbacca), and Finn shooting the turret gun just as Luke did in A New Hope the ship is captured by a larger ship in space. the two pilots of this ship, Han Solo and Chewbacca, reunite with the Falcon once again. At this point I said to myself “Star Wars is BACK!”

The biggest surprise of the movie had to have been Kylo Ren being Han Solo’s son. Which ended up making the death of Han Solo that much more emotional.

The way in which the scene was shot had an emotional beauty not scene in any other Star Wars movie. As it appears Han has turned Kylo Ren back to the resistance, the light from the sun disappears, as darkness and a shade of red appears of Ren’s face as he thrusts his lightsaber through the chest of Solo. An emotional death that made me shed a tear for one of the great movie characters in cinema.

Of all the new characters the most developed had to have been Kylo Ren. Under the training of Luke Skywalker, Ren is one of the most powerful Jedi the saga has ever produced. But his turning to the dark side has forced Luke to take himself into exile, and leaves him relatively absent throughout the film, which somewhat disappointed me. He was able to leave the audience in shock, when Poe Dameron tried to shoot him, and Ren literally stopped the lazar bolt in mid air and kept it there for the rest of the scene!

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His lightsaber is a great metaphor of his inner nature. The blade has sparks flying off of it and looks almost unstable. It could only be described as a dirty lightsaber. He is very powerful with the force and looks up to his grandfather Darth Vader (Princess Leia is his mother). But his lack of discipline to lead the First Order and his constant tantrums and outbursts has left him afraid that he will never be as strong as Vader. Its how I wished Lucas would have had Anakin Skywalker been portrayed in the prequels.

His lack of maturity is also how he loses the lightsaber duel to Rey, who has experience with a bow staff and is beginning to discover her ability to use the force. When Kylo Ren and Rey clash lightsabers and she closes her eyes and clears her mind, she begins to unleash her potential as a powerful Jedi. it was very similar to Yoda on Dagobah in Empire where he lifts Luke’s X-Wing out of the swamp.

The emergence of Rey as the main hero of the new trilogy and not Finn was a fresh take on protagonists in movies. Having women in leadership roles, whether it was Rey, Captain Phasma, or Leia (who is now a General) was a great new pace for this franchise and something I hope to see more of as the trilogy continues. It was great to see that Rey wasn’t sexualized at all, like how Leia was with the Slave Bikini in Return of the Jedi. Having Rey set up as a strong kick-ass female character without making it about her appearance, or her body, or what she is wearing was great for the story, the franchise, and cinema.

After the release of the new movie, this would be my updated rankings.

  1. A New Hope
  2. Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. The Force Awakens
  5. Revenge of the Sith
  6. Attack of the Clones
  7. The Phantom Menace

Despite it being only being at number 4 that doesn’t mean it pales in comparison. New Hope and Empire are the two greatest movies ever, and I would say it’s almost tied with Jedi. Overall This is a great movie. JJ Abrams went above and beyond, and it has left the franchise in great hands. Everyone involved with this movie deserves a thumbs up.

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