As many of you know, I didn’t go to the screenings or the premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I wanted to see it with my better half and with the thousands of screaming fans who have been waiting as long as I have for this day. I’m going to keep this as spoiler free as possible for you and I’m not putting any information in the first few lines of this piece so it doesn’t show up on social media and accidentally tell you something you don’t want to see. If you’re ready to continue on, know that I’ll have to say a few things about the plot, but there will be no major reveals. Still with me? Let’s go and may the Force be with you.
Okay, here we go. I just left the theater and I am overwhelmed. I cannot begin to explain all the feelings I had. This week’s Legion of Leia podcast will let me do just that with spoilers, but honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been so completely satisfied with a film. Considering the insane amount of build up and the wild expectations I had, it’s almost miraculous that a film could live up.
Let me say this; Kathleen Kennedy kept her promise. There are women everywhere. Almost like real life! Imagine that! General Leia – I couldn’t contain tears, especially after one particular line of hers. You’ll know it when you hear it. Daisy Ridley is absolutely riveting. It’s hard to believe that she hasn’t done much before. John Boyega may have charmed the pants off you in interviews, but it’s nothing compared to not only his performance, but Finn’s relationships with every single character in this film. Kylo Ren is not only terrifying, but is the absolutely perfect successor to Darth Vader.
One other thing I was afraid of was that we weren’t going to get a self-contained story and that we were going to be left hanging. Oh, there is a gate left wide open for Episode VIII, but this is a complete tale.
I wish I could say more, but I truly don’t want to spoil this for you. When you’ve seen it, listen to our podcast and please do let me know what you thought. I only had one issue and honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it’s small. You did it, J.J. Abrams.
Legion, you’re going to need to bring tissues to this film. Trust me on that. May the Force be with you.
P.S. BB-8 is not Jar Jar. I still love him with all my heart.