The release of Episodes 1-3 beginning in 1999 brought upon a new level of excitement I had never experienced before. The idea of a brand new trilogy was truly epic. I am in the minority of people who loved the prequels. Perhaps it's because my expectations weren't too high, due to just being so excited about new "Star Wars" films coming out. I expected to enjoy them,, and I did.
As the years have gone by, my obsession with "Star Wars" has dwindled down. While I certainly continued to call myself a fan, I became more infatuated with other series such as "Harry Potter" and "The Hunger Games."
I never thought I would see the day when Episode 7 was released. When it was announced, I was excited, but I also had concerns about it being overhyped, resulting in the type of disappointment felt by many with Episodes 1-3.
The first teaser trailer was terrific. I had high hopes for the film. I then started seeing multiple posts about it on Facebook and across the internet, and I decided to ignore the hype until closer to its release date.
The week of the film's release made me feel like a kid again. I was really excited, hardly able to wait for it. I knew that I would enjoy it no matter what. There wasn't a "Star Wars" film that I didn't enjoy.
"The Force Awakens" is absolutely outstanding, a true masterpiece that is better than I could have ever imagined. The whole film excited me throughout, keeping me on the edge of my seat and in awe of the breathtaking special effects and incredible fight sequences (there is one particular fight scene that just blew me away, perhaps my favorite of any "Star Wars" movie).
The new characters are well-developed and interesting, making a terrific addition to this incredible saga. Kylo Ren is an insane, complex villain who I am thrilled to learn more about. BB8, a new droid, is hilarious and adorable. Finn, a stormtrooper desperate to do the right thing, is heroic and likable. It is Rey, however, who stands out the most. She is an absolute bad-ass, someone you don't want to mess with. There is an incredible story for her that has only just begun. She's my new favorite character.
It is a true treat to see returning characters such as Leia, Han, C3PO, and R2D2. As I said previously, I never thought these characters and the actors/actresses who played them would ever be together again. It is a dream come true.
"The Force Awakens" is an absolute treat, perhaps the best Christmas/Hanukkah present you can receive this holiday season. There is not a moment where the film lags. I sat there like a little boy, almost in tears due to the extreme joy and excitement the film brings about. It is truly the movie of the year. I have seen it twice, and I plan on seeing it a third time. I don't want to wait until 2017 for Episode 8.