Let's start by saying, everything I'm about to write should be taken with a grain of salt. I am not a long term Star Wars fan. I wouldn't even class myself as a Star Wars fan of any sort. That being said, I did go see The Force Awakens recently.
I went with my Mum and my boyfriend, both of who are legitimate fans and were seriously excited for this new installment in the Star Wars saga. I, myself, had no expectations going into this. I had seen the previous six films and they honestly just aren't my thing, so sitting in the packed cinema, I was surprised at how exciting it was to look around at all these happy faces, full of anticipation for what they were about to experience. I felt part of something, even if I was really just looking in from the outside.
As the famous scrolling prologue, disappeared from the screen and the action of the film began, I was pleasantly surprised with how raised the stakes felt in comparison to the earlier films. One of my biggest problems with the Star Wars franchise had always been how detached I felt from the characters and their plights. This new film: however, had me gripped from the start. I found myself emotionally attached to the characters, the world and the obstacles they were being faced with.
Over the subsequent two and a half hours, I laughed, cried, gasped and rolled my eyes along with everyone else, and as the credits rolled, I found myself wondering how long I was going to have to wait for Episode 8 to grace our screens.
I, perhaps, shouldn't have been as surprised as I was at this abrupt change in opinion, as this isn't the first time writer and director J.J Abrams has done this to me (his Star Trek films also have me enthralled) but I am, none the less, grateful for such a fun and memorable cinema experience. If you haven't checked out The Force Awakens yet, maybe you should. Who knows. It might surprise you.