What follows is a run-down of my most memorable moments from The Force Awakens. You may also want to see the no-judgment recap for a blow-by-blow recap of the story.

Key:

Sections of the movie that I found to be emotionally pleasing I’ve marked as red text. There’s quite a lot of them.

Other sections that can be considered to be fan-service I’ve marked as brown text. Fortunately there’s not many, just 14 out of 160 moments which is 9%, but it still feels like a lot.

Needless to say, there be spoilers ahead. Read on to see them all.

My memorable moments from the movie are:

  • the opening crawl – three paragraphs of tightly written prose that drags you in to the story
  • the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer blacking out our view of the Jakku planet with is presence
  • BB-8 – he’s so cute, like a little puppy
  • the First Order flametrooper
  • Stormtrooper affected by the death of a fellow foot soldier
  • bloody fingers on the stormtrooper’s helmet
  • Kylo Ren’s command shuttle with it’s imperiously large stabilizer wings
  • Kylo Ren reminds so much of Darth Vadar
  • Kylo Ren freezing the laser bolt in mid-air
  • the “So who talks first” moment
  • the laser bolt unfreezing, scaring the willies out of the affected stormtrooper
  • Poe Dameron looking around in wonder in the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer. No green-screen garbage here.
  • stormtrooper removing his helmet
  • the way Captain Phasma suddenly appears behind the stormtrooper
  • Rey’s goggles, made from a scavanged stormtrooper helmet
  • The salvage removed by Rey at the start, seems to be the similar to that pulled later when helping Han to plant explosives
  • the iconic scene of drinking water from a canteen
  • sliding down the dune on her makeshift sled to the speeder
  • the steelpecker vulture scavanging from metal too
  • Rey struggling to drag her scavanged loot, only to get one quarter portion
  • the soup turning instantly to bread
  • the loneliness, of Rey seeing a starship leaving Jakku mirroring with the one we see later in a flashback of her being stranded there
  • Rey’s rebel helmet was owned by Dosmit Ræh. Did she name herself after him?
  • The semi-mechanical luggabeast
  • Rey fixing BB-8’s antenna, being similar to helping a child with their clothing
  • a nice foreshadow of the sinking fields
  • BB-8 thanking Rey for fixing his antenna
  • Poe fighting against Kylo Ren’s mind probe ability
  • Rey saying “I know all about waiting”
  • refusing 60 portions for the droid
  • Unkar Plutt the junk dealer saying “Follow the girl and get that droid”, having a similar comedic tone to The Fifth Element
  • The rescue of Poe, because the stormtrooper needs a pilot
  • A renegade stormtrooper!
  • “Okay, stay calm, stay calm.”
  • the Tie fighter being tethered by its support cables
  • “This is very complicated” in response to the Tie fighter weapons
  • “This thing really moves!”
  • “Hey what’s your name?” “FN2187” … “I’m going to call you Finn
  • Ventral cannons are such a cool blue missile
  • “I don’t care what color he is” … “Oh you gotta be kidding me!”
  • Goazon badlands – this must be where the sinking fields are located
  • Tie fighter sinks – yep, this is definitely the sinking fields
  • desperation for water, nicely reminiscent of the Temple of Doom when Indy used his shoes as brakes to stop the minecart
  • good comedy scene at the water trough with the happabore
  • the recognition of Poe’s jacket
  • BB-8’s shocking of Finn
  • “So you’re with the resistance?” … beat …
  • the way that BB-8’s movements pulse and vibrate with life – he’s so cute!
  • “Stop taking my hand!”, then she takes his
  • “What about that ship” – “That one’s garbage”
  • The Millennium Falcon!
  • The Millennium Falcon!
  • “I can do this” repeats
  • wince – the ship scraping along the ground
  • drifting the Millennium Falcon, using ground friction to take a turn
  • loop-the-loop to aim a broken gun at its target
  • “it was perfect!”
  • the bow of the star destroyer, just about breaks the screen
  • Kylo Ren’s temper tantrum destroying a control panel area – “anything else?”
  • BB-8 deciding whether to trust Finn
  • BB-8 using his lighter as thumbs up
  • finding the bonding tape
  • hiding in the below-floor storage locker
  • Finn being handed BB-8 down in a storage locker, “here we go” – finds he’s heavier than he thinks
  • Han Solo arrives, with Chewie!
  • haha – Nima Outpost is a junkyard
  • “This is the Millennium Falcon? You’re Han Solo?” – she knows the stories
  • ” … that made the Kessel run in 14 parsecs?” – “Twelve!”
  • Han asked Chewie to load them in a pod at the nearest planet. Clearly Han knows nothing of their lineage or importance
  • the Rathtar sequence seems out of place
  • resetting the fuses to close the blast doors, but instead – bring on the Cuthlhu
  • Millennium Falcon has trouble taking off – Rey points to the compressor
  • a new deathstar – this time made from an entire planet!
  • Snoke – his name is Dutch for pike (as Darth is Dutch for father), yet more evidence towards the Darth Jar Jar theory
  • Snoke is huge!
  • Snoke’s a hologram
  • “I bypassed the compressor!”
  • “crazy thing is, it’s true. The force, the Jedi, all of it. It’s all true.” Now Rey can trust what she knows of the old stories
  • “Women always figure out the truth. Always.”
  • Han’s offering of a job to Rey
  • Maz Kanata’s castle – not at all like the Mos Eisley Cantina, not one bit
  • Maz likes the wookie as her boyfriend
  • Kylo Ren praying to Vader’s Mask
  • the child voices from below are creepy
  • BB-8 carefully rolling down a flight of steps
  • so many layers to the force visions
  • Ray in the flashback is being held by the junk dealer, as she watches the ship leave her on Jakku
  • Rey as a child was dressed in young padawan clothing. She must be the lone survivor!
  • Lukes lightsaber calls to Rey
  • Rey’s refusal of the call
  • massive Hitler symbolism
  • speech could’ve done with a few more rewrites though
  • lens flare
  • Coruscant wasn’t one of the planets, the senate regularly moves, and was on Hosnian Prime at the time
  • Maz is really keen to get rid of the Luke’s lightsaber – this time to Finn
  • Han’s backwards shot wasn’t really needed
  • Han’s use of the Bowcaster though, that’s special
  • Lightsaber battle – it’s refreshing to see that they don’t know how to fight with it
  • that bowcaster packs a nice punch
  • Poe has an amazing x-wing fighting run
  • “That’s one hell of a pilot!”
  • Ren forcing Rey motionless – my god she sells it well
  • His lightsaber right by her cheek – holy hell!
  • Finn screaming “No!!” as Rey is taken away, is apt and work well here
  • Leia‘s here, she can’t act
  • And C3P0 is here – fan service
  • Ren’s their boy!
  • Poe’s alive!
  • “That’s my jacket! … Keep it, it suits you”
  • “you must be so brave” as Chewie is being examined
  • “Luke is a Jedi, you’re his father” – damn straight!
  • We see Ren’s face!
  • She imagines an ocean, with an Island. That’s the First Jedi Temple, she must have been there as a child
  • Rey resists the mind probe, ride those waves girl!
  • She mind probes Ren!
  • She knows the stories! Force commanding a stormtrooper to release her
  • “And you’ll drop your weapon!”
  • Ren destroys the room in a temper
  • stormtroopers come around the corner and stop, in a Simon Pegg moment, retreating back around the corner
  • the planet sucks in the sun
  • Starkiller base – Lucas finally gets the name Starkiller in there
  • “So, it’s big.” Hans not impressed
  • Han knows how to do this thing. “They have defensive shields …” “We disable the shields”. Yeah go Han!
  • Poe summarises things beautifully, “So we disable the shields, we take out the oscillator, and we blow up their big gun.”
  • Leia just looks tired
  • Planet approach at lightspeed!
  • “What was your job when you were based here?” “Sanitation.” “Sanitation?”
  • “We’ll use the force.” “That’s not how the force works!”
  • Han replying “Oh really, you’re cold?” to Chewie
  • “I’m in charge now!” “Bring it down”
  • “Is there a garbage chute? Trash compactor?” 
  • “Yeah there is.”
  • “As long as there’s light we got a chance” – woe betide when it goes dark
  • “He said it was your idea”, and hug
  • “Escape now, hug later?”
  • Chewie gives Han a cloak to keep him warm.
  • “It would take a miracle to save us now.” Cue Han.
  • “The girl knows her stuff.”
  • “You’re right, that’s a better idea.” – what is, splitting up? No, it’s doing just one vertical column
  • Kylo Ren’s name is Ben?
  • I am your father
  • A ray of light shines down from where Rey stands above, on to Han and Kylo Ren
  • Oh shit, the sun goes out. Heavy is the omens
  • Ren kills Han!
  • Ren must die. No redemption can be allowed for him. Not for this.
  • Chewie kicks ass in retaliation
  • “You’re a monster.” resonates so strongly with The Fifth Element – I know.
  • Force pull to get the lightsaber
  • It goes to Rey!
  • Rey doesn’t know how to fight, she keeps doing staff thrusts with the lightsaber
  • trench run
  • Rey finds the force
  • lightsaber in the snow
  • the planet doesn’t just explode – it turns in to a sun!
  • R2D2 wakes up
  • Rey and Chewie are now a duo
  • They find the ocean with islands and the First Jedi Temple
  • Could Rey finally be home?
  • Luke, a master at voice-over work, doesn’t say a word.
  • The expression on Rey’s face as she holds out the lightsaber for Luke

So there we have it.

I reckon that The Force Awakens is better even than Return of the Jedi.

When it comes to emotional enjoyment this may be the best of the lot, and is in strong contention with Guardians of the Galaxy.

 

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