The Crestiad

Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923

The Force Awakens new expectations

By: Abigail Ormiston, Managing Editor

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As a long time Star Wars fan, there was a lot of anticipation for The Force Awakens and going to see the film opening weekend was a must.

Entering the theatre, there were almost no seats available.

This created more excitement for the movie.

Though there was already some criticism before the film was released to the public. The two leading characters were out of what is considered norm. One is a woman and one of an African-American male.

Both of the main characters, Rey and Finn are strong and well developed. The heroes are more than what some have expected. Rey and Finn are in the process of self discovery. This is important to the story.

The film also started about 30 years after the last movie had ended. With that being said, there were many directions this film could have gone.

The film had brought many emotions into the viewers. Audience members felt sad, angry, happy and in aw during the two hour and 16 minute movie. Some of those emotions were felt all at once.

Along with many sad moments, there were actually a lot of comedic moments too.

Between it all, there are many appearances of old and beloved characters such as Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia (though she is now referred General Leia Organa), R2-D2 and C-3PO.

There were a lot of scenes in the film to show the strength that Rey has. The biggest turning point in her character however, is when she is wandering the palace on the planet of Takodana.

She comes across a wooden chest which holds an old lightsaber. One that belonged to Anakin Skywalker and his son Luke.

She touches the saber and begins to see visions of the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader as well as a vision of a younger self when her parents were sent away from her.

After she comes back from the visions, you realize how powerful Rey actually is. This is a major step for leading women in films to have their character be more powerful than most, if not all the men in the film!

Finn’s character turning point is also very important to the development throughout the movie. Because he started as a stormtrooper, he had something to prove to the Resistance. He did prove that he was no longer tied to the First Order and fought alongside of those fighting against the First Order.

The biggest heartbreak of the movie was almost at the end. (Spoiler) Han Solo gets killed by his son Ben who goes by the name Kylo Ren who one of the leaders of the First Order.

This scene made the entire theater gasp and some even cried.

Overall, The Force Awakens exceeded expectations and posed more interest in the next film. It also left us with much to think about and so many unanswered questions. Too bad Episode VIII won’t be released until 2017.

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