I’ll admit until last year the only Star Wars films I’d seen in full where The Phantom Menace and Attack of The Clones. I guess these days these are the films from a prequel trilogy that most would rather soon forget. Then again making prequels about long established characters was never going to be an easy task. George Lucas was essentially struggling to climb an uphill battle to outdo himself. How was he going to surpass, let alone match the previous success of his original trilogy with his prequel trilogy? I think Harrison Ford (Han Solo) described it best when he’d ad-lib his lines as George Lucas couldn’t write dialogue for shit. Yes he was great at coming up with brilliant ideas but he just couldn’t execute those plans as well as he could think them. It’s probably the reason why I never got round to watching The Revenge of The Sith or the original trilogy (until recently).
When I went to a free screening of The Empire Strikes Back last year at The Edinburgh International Film Festival, I really wasn’t expecting much but I was proven wrong as I actually enjoyed the film. However it wasn’t until I saw it for the second time,after I saw A New Hope for the first time that I actually appreciated The Star Wars Saga. Although I have to admit that I did find C-3PO quite irritating, in fact probably the same way many felt about Jar Jar Binks. I know he’s there for comedy relief but sometimes his scenes felt awkward or forced but then again that could be the underlying tension between the actors who portrayed R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels).
After Return of The Jedi, I was actually rather excited to see what happens next in The Star Wars Saga with The Force Awakens. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait over three decades to find out what happens in the next chapter because I finally understand all the hype for this film after all these years. Yes, watching The Force Awakens made me realize how the fans felt the very first time they saw A New Hope when it first was released in the cinemas back in 1977. This really is A New Hope for our generation as its won over a new generation of fans, including me, to help continue on the Star Wars Saga for probably another three decades and beyond. There really is no ending for The Star Wars Saga as it really is a franchise that could just keep go going as there is so many stories they can tell and they can always introduce new characters, just like how they managed to get us to love the new droid BB-8 as much as we loved R2-D2. That was another thing George Lucas got right, he practically invented film merchandise thanks to his Star Wars Saga.
What I’m trying to say simply, is that this is definitely a film worth seeing. It will make you laugh, cry and cheer for your favourite characters from the original trilogy. I suppose you could get by and watch this film if you haven’t seen the original trilogy but then you would miss out on all the references they make to the original trilogy. In fact the “W’ere home” line Han Solo says to Chewbacca in The Force Awakens and when the Millennium Falcon appears meant all the more to me and made me actually want to cry tears of joy only because I’d just recently seen the original trilogy.
I highly recommend therefore that you at least watch the original trilogy before you go see Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Now I’m actually counting down the days to Star Wars: Rogue One in December 2016 and Star Wars VIII in May 2017. In fact I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the cast and crew to make a panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 to promote Star Wars: Rogue One and Star Wars VIII, although how they will manage to top this year’s Comic-Con appearance by the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast and crew is anyone’s guess. J.J. Abrams has done it again and managed to revive another successful franchise for this generation.