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Star Wars The Force Awakens, Thoughts?

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Since it’s December 18th release, Star Wars The Force Awakens has been knocking it out of the park, breaking record after record in terms of box office earnings. Have you seen Episode VII yet? If so, what did you think?

Star Wars The Force Awakens Episode VII

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The Force Awakens was the first film I paid to see in theatres since the last Harry Potter movie back in 2011. I was not disappointed, The Force Awakens was everything I hoped it would be. It wasn't perfect, there were a couple of scenes that made me cringe, but it was 99% there. Seriously, I know it sounds stupid but I was choking back tears watching the first dog fight between the Millennium Falcon and Tie Fighters because it was done so well. It was like I was being handed back a piece of my childhood that the prequels had taken away. I don't see how any Star Wars fan could not like this movie.
I am not a Star Ward fan; I have never been able to sit through an entire one of its films before. I only went to see it because my Dad wanted to. I actually enjoyed it; I liked the new characters, Rey, Finn, and BB-8, but I still was not interested in the previous characters. I don't like Chewie or Hans Solo that much. I also found the ending a bit underwhelming. There are two more episodes to come but I can't be exited about them because everything they set out to achieve in this film has already been achieved.
It does leave quite a lot of unaswered questions, like why the Skywalker lightsabre calls to Rey (is she related to them?), who Snoke actually is and where he comes from and whether/how Rey can defeat the dark side.
If you are a Star Wars fan then that probably is enough to keep you excited, but if you're not, then they are just a few speculations that Don't particularly bother me that much.
I had high expectations and it was as god as I hoped. One particular scene was a big traumatic, but it helped that I saw it coming and it does make the story better. I enjoyed seeing a female hero for a change, and I thought Kylo Ren was an interesting villain.
I was worried at first when Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, but was very reassured after seeing this moving that it is in safe hands and will continue in a positive way for old fans and a new generation of fans. I suppose the series reboot had to happen for those who haven't seen Episodes 4 - 6 in particular, but for someone who has someone who is very familiar with the Star Wars movies it felt a bit like deja vu.
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