I remember when I was Star Wars for the first time in 1977. I couldn’t imagine all the things I was seeing, and the score and soundtrack was amazing. I still listen to it and get shivers in my belly it is so good. Forty-two year and nine films later and the opening score still tingles my blood.
The simple story is the Resistance once again goes toe to toe with the First Order to end this once and for all, but it is much more than that. Yes, there are lots of things blowing up, strange looking characters, fast moving vehicles and star ships popping out of the darkness. Director J.J. Abrams gives us all that and more.
The story is predictable, relationships are complicated, and the Force is with you. There are lots of chuckles, some tears, and one or two small surprises.
We get to say goodbye to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in a loving and respectful way. We get to see some old heroes of the past. The suave and handsome Billy Dee Williams is back as Lando Calrissian. Mark Hamill passes on wisdom as Luke Skywalker, and there are many more from the past whose presence is known.
I must say that I didn’t feel as if it was the end. It felt more like the torch was passed and there is more to come.
I will always remember the first Star Wars. Where I was, how I felt, how many times I saw it. I won’t have the same feeling about the end of the Star Wars saga and I’m a little disappointed.
Until next time, keep your EYE to the sky!