22/12/2015 is the day I watched Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens at the Capitol Theatre. It was the most amazing, spectacular, unforgettable film experience of my life.
First of all, let’s talk about the small things: The theatre. It was so quaint to be at the Capitol Theatre to watch a movie. I’ve been watching in cinemas since I can remember, but there was an old charm to sitting in a theatre like how people used to to watch this amazing film. I was so glad I picked this one to go to.
Sitting there, I was awed. It’s really a special experience there.
When the title card popped up on screen, I nearly cried. It was so amazing. It was like the first time I’d ever watched Star Wars and got sucked into it’s universe in 2005 in the cinema, but of course, at that age, I couldn’t remember much except I really liked it. Well, I guess it’s more like the first time I popped the DVD of A New Hope into my laptop and watched it with ridiculous anticipation, and every film of the franchise since.
And there I was, again, sitting in ridiculous anticipation. Ready for this to happen. After the title card, this:
And I died. It was about two minutes in, and I was already ready to start bawling about this film.
It really was just such an excellent movie, pulsing with life, beat to beat and at the end of each beat making me ready for the next, just so, so well-paced, with an ending that makes me more excited for the episode VIII.
Of course, when it started I strapped myself in for the ride of my life, and it did not disappoint. I laughed, I cried… I really cried, but hey, no spoilers here. I was thrilled, at the edge of my seat or smashed against it in suspense and nail-biting sequences.
The new characters, actually, did not let me down either, and in fact, provided a great new arch and storyline with twists and turns that made my heart stop, and of course, the slow reveals and the characters from the old days made me smile. They were actually pretty lovable.
When we first saw the Millennium Falcon, you will not believe how much I smiled and just seriously grinned the hell out of my face because I was so ready for the action about to come. The Millennium Falcon, after all, is a piece of junk, that provides the most excellent services and miracles.
By the way, I really kept myself from anything except for the trailers and the teasers for this film, meaning no extra footage of any sort not even interviews, no articles, no reviews, absolutely nothing. I blocked it all out. I did a pretty good job, to be honest, I was quite surprised. The remnants of readings I did over years as a fan on the Extended Universe flushed out of my head naturally as I waited for this new film to bring me new surprises, and it really did.
This is a film you have to watch. I guarantee, you will not leave the theatre feeling indifferent.
I did not want it to end. I wanted the film to keep going. Keep on rolling the film, I want more. When the credits rolled, I sat in the afterglow. I watched J.J. Abrams name appear, followed by George Lucas, then Harrison Ford and Mark Hamil and Carrie Fisher and it was at this point that I actually nearly cried the hardest. I just sat there, and listened to John Williams music fill the theatre, and I have to admit, I would have clapped if I was at the premier, or the opening day. But there were so little people there. It might’ve been a little sad.
Also, just so I say this, having Han and Leia together really killed me. The chemistry between the former leads did not lie, did not disappoint in the least, and also, the wonderful acting by the two really impressed me a lot and I really cried when Leia talked about Luke because oh my Lord, I really felt it right in the heart.
After 10 years since the last trilogy concluded itself, this was the most well-crafted, beautiful, seizing, thrilling, nostalgic, impressive, magnificent comeback that could have been done.
The parallels between the Original Trilogy, of course, did not miss me at all, but that’s a different story.
The story that was told still made me feel like a kid again. Just enough of the old, and a hell of a ride with the new. I could not have asked for a better comeback for the franchise that will never really end.
This was the best film experience of my life.
Would I do it again? Just about ten times over.